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Cement Masons Local Union 526

Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Program

The Cement Masons Apprentice Program is a three year program consisting of 3,000 hours on -the-job training and 144 hours of related instruction. Applications are accepted once a year during the first two weeks of April at the training site. Apprentices are trained on-the-job and in the classroom at the A.J. Furlan Building in Pittsburgh, PA.

Qualification Requirements of the Program:

  • Be at least 18 at the time of acceptance into the Program.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have a valid driver's license.
  • Reside within the jurisdiction of Cement Masons Local Union #526 (33 counties of western Pennsylvania)
  • Have dependable transportation.
  • Good physical condition, manual dexterity, eye-arm coordination.
  • Pass a drug test - Drug use is not tolerated in the construction industry where safety is a life and death issue.

Admission Requirements of the JAC (Joint Apprenticeship Committee):

  • Qualify on aptitude test administered by the PA Employment Service.
  • Personal interview.
  • Union initiation fees and dues.
  • Applications are available April - May.

Cement Masons Union Local 526

2606 California Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Telephone: (412) 761-6166

Contact: Ron Stefaniak - Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: (412) 761-6310
Website: www.opcmia526.org

Cement Masons Local Union 526
Cement Masons Local Union 526


Wood and supplementary materials are used by a carpenter to assemble and construct forms for concrete structures. Projects carpenters in the heavy and highway industry work on include bridges, retaining walls, tunnels, subways, drainage structures, hydro-electric developments, locks, dams and sewage treatment projects.


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Laborers are utilized throughout several phases of the heavy and highway construction industry. They are employed to work with small heavy equipment, hand, power and air tools, in trenching and shoring projects, traffic control, soil compaction, and a multitude of additional assigned tasks.

Operating Engineers

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