For anyone wanting more out of a career that doesn’t include college debt.
The program was originally designed and created from the ground up. In an effort to improve overall workforce efficiency and safety. Laborers weren’t getting any raises in pay, not getting promoted and they were not improving in the job. In an effort to get employees to be motivated to have a sustainable career in masonry, and to move up the company ladder, management called a meeting among Mason Tenders and this is essentially what evolved.
- Learn as you earn.
As a WASCO employee, you’re eligible to enroll in the MTI program. You are paired with experienced employees, where you are then introduced to new skills on the job. As you master new skills, you are then eligible for evaluations that can increase your hourly pay rates and earn valuable industry certifications.
- How far can I go?
MTI provides the opportunities and the training you need to advance to full-time management, overseeing the work of multiple crews and complex projects. MTI has the instruction, experienced mentors, and opportunities that will allow you to master those skills too.
- How much can I earn?
The need and job market for skilled, certified masons is constant. In a growing economy, new builds and expansions offer skilled, certified masons countless opportunities. Even in softer economies, repair and renovation work exists in the residential, institutional, civic, and business sectors.
Most begin their careers as Mason Tenders, with a starting hourly rate of $15.00/hour. With additional training and specialties certifications, you could earn an additional $9.50/hour, for a total possible pay rate of $24.50/hour as a Mason Tender and that is just the beginning. Certified, experienced masons who manage multiple crews and projects can go on to earn a six-figure income.
- How long will it take?
That depends on you, how hard you are willing to work. If you have the talent and the drive, here is what to expect. Once enrolled in MTI, your 40 hour work week will be supplemented by 4 additional hours of class time monthly, usually on a Saturday morning. During these Saturday morning classes, you’ll learn the principles and science of masonry and restoration that you’ll put to work on the job.
As you learn and demonstrate competency at each new skill, you and your mentor mason will determine when you’re ready for testing and certification. With each new skill certification you earn, you’ll see increased pay and new opportunities on the job.
How far you go, and how quickly you get there, depends on your drive and your skill. On average, MTI students advance from Mason Tender (ground floor) to a Lead Tender or Apprentice in as little as two to three years.
- WASCO is family.
The hopes and dreams of this program are to make it a more professional approach to attract better candidates to join the WASCO family. We want WASCO to be a place where you could grow personally and professionally, to go home every day with a huge sense of self-accomplishment.