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Mason/Bricklayer/Tile Setter

Work Description

Bricklayers use brick, concrete blocks and
stone to build walls, fireplaces and dividers. They spread mortar (wet cement) as a base
to hold brick together.

Cement masons pour and finish concrete surfaces, which include rodding, edging, and joining. They finish street work, foundations, and walls by forming, setting screeds, sawing joints, rubbing and patching concrete surfaces.

Tile setters repair and set concrete or masonry foundations in preparation for tile work. They also prepare slabbing, fabrication and installation of tile mantels, counters and tile panels. Setting of burned clay products as used in the tile industry as well as the cleaning of tile are just some of the primary duties.

Working Conditions

Physically demanding, indoor and outdoor work with variable weather conditions involving stooping, lifting, and standing for long periods of time.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Physically capable of performing the trade
  • Recommended high school courses: General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Shop Courses, Drafting, Print Reading, Sciences and English
  • Pass Accuplacer, Mechanical & Spatial Tests

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • 3-year program
  • 400 hours of related instruction
  • Non-paid related instruction to include First Aid, Welding, OSHA, etc.
For information please contact:
Apprenticeship Office
Northcentral Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive
Wausau WI 54401


Application Process

Fill out apprenticeship application located in the Apprenticeship Office, Room F112.
Send a copy of high school transcripts or GED to the Apprenticeship Office.
Take the Accuplacer test that is given at NTC –
  • Testing includes reading and arithmetic with a required minimum score of 66, and algebra with a required minimum score of 33.
  • Test is given in the Testing Center, Room C167. Phone number 715.803.1398
  • Total cost of $20.00 includes Reading, Arithmetic & Algebra testing– to be paid at time of test either by check payable to NTC or exact amount in cash.
  • The College Prep Center can assist students who have taken the Accuplacer and need to increase their academic skills to meet the requirements. Contact the College Prep Center at 715.803.1152, located in room A111.
Paid related instruction is held in Green Bay or Madison.
Interview with the JAC committee to receive a Letter of Introduction. The Letter of Introduction can be taken to prospective employers indicating you are a qualified candidate.



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