Masonry Association of Georgia

Apprenticeship

The MAG Apprenticeship Program


Apprenticeship program - sponsored by MAG in partnership with argos Cement

What is the Masonry Association of Georgia Apprenticeship Training Program?

Association Members are dedicated to training our future workforce through the three-year masonry apprenticeship training program registered with the Georgia Department of Labor.

What does the Three-year Apprenticeship Training Program Involve?

Apprenticeship is a competency-based Eight Stage training program consisting of 432 hours of related classroom and lab training. On-the-job-training (OJT) of 6,000 hours with your participating employer is required to receive your certification from the Georgia Department of Labor.

There are six semesters of related training. You will attend two semesters a year. Each semester is twenty-one weeks. Apprentices will be given the opportunity to complete three stages of the program during the first and second year and two stages during the third year.

The curriculum has been developed by the National Center of Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The curriculum will cover safe and efficient practices in mason tending, laying brick and block, wall performance, mortar composition and mixing, tools and equipment, specialty products, preformed concrete products, stone, and blueprint reading. These are just some of the areas of training you will receive.

What Will I Be Paid as an Apprentice?

A Progressive pay scale is used as a minimum guideline to determine apprentices´ hourly wage. This pay scale is based on the Eight Stages and accumulated on-the-job-training (OJT). Credit maybe given for previous experience.

What are the Qualifications to Apply?

New apprentices may apply to start the apprenticeship program in July or December each year. Registration is held one month before the start of the new semester. Contact your employer or the MAG Executive Director to find out the exact dates for registration.

If you are not currently working for a MAG participating employer and would like to start a rewarding career as a mason, call the MAG office at 770-310-1885 to schedule an appointment. You will be assisted with your apprenticeship application and guided towards employment opportunities with a participating employer.

What does it Cost?

Each student is ultimately responsible for the semester tuition and books. Employers may or may not offer payroll-deduction for tuition and books. Please review your employer´s apprenticeship program training policy regarding tuition and book cost. Textbooks are issued the first night of class to apprentices upon receipt of book fee.

Who are the Instructors?

The best way to learn is from an instructor who has hands-on experience in the masonry trade. MAG instructors are veterans of their trade and offer years of experience. Guest instructors also offer their experience from their field to lecture and demonstrate their products.

Where is the Apprenticeship Training Center Located?

The training center is located at ARGOS Cement's Training Center at 2520 Paul Avenue NW Atlanta Georgia 30318 which is on the west side of Atlanta off Hwy 285. The training center is on the MARTA Bus and Rail System route. Argos Cement has generously donated the training space for the MAG program.

When are Classes Held?

Apprenticeship classes are held weekly on Tuesday from 3:30 PM until 7:30 PM.

What Would I Do?

Masonry covers a wide range of craft workers including bricklayers, block masons, stone masons, concrete finishers, and plasterers.

How High Can I Go?

Masons can work a full lifetime career as a hands-on craftsman and achieve a very comfortable lifestyle. A mason can continue to work in the field or continue his or her career in any of the following areas: Mason Foreman, Estimator, Senior Estimator, Purchaser, Project Supervisor, Senior Project Manager, or eventually own your own company and be recognized as a mason contractor.

What We Look For...

is a person with a good attitude, able to get to work daily and on time, willingness to learn the trade and eager to advance their knowledge through a masonry apprenticeship training program.

Where Can I Find More Information?

Contact Michele Huber, Executive Director: 770-310-1885 or mhuber@masonrypros.org.


TRAINING CENTER LOCATION

 

2520 Paul Avenue NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

The training center is located at 2520 Paul Avenue NW in Atlanta, Georgia 30318 which is on the West side of Atlanta. The training center is on the MARTA Bus route and is also easily driven by car via Interstate 20 West from Atlanta to Exit 51B onto Hwy 285 in 2.8 miles take Hwy 285 to Exit 13 Bolton Road, turn right onto Bolton Road in 0.2 miles turn left to stay on Bolton Road in 1.2 miles, Turn Left onto Spink St NW in 0.4 miles continue on Bernard Rd NW for 0.1 miles, Turn Left onto Paul Avenue NW and drive 0.5 miles to the ARGOS Plant gate straight ahead. 

The ARGOS CEMENT/MAG Training Center is on the left.