Projected Growth: Faster than average
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Your job is to Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.
Common job titles of Brickmasons and Blockmasons include:
Experience and Education
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
70.42% said they needed a High School Diploma.
13.48% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.
Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
Construct corners by fastening in plumb position a corner pole or building a corner pyramid of bricks, and filling in between the corners using a line from corner to corner to guide each course, or layer, of brick.
Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
Apply and smooth mortar or other mixture over work surface.
Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.
Examine brickwork or structure to determine need for repair.
Remove burned or damaged brick or mortar, using sledgehammer, crowbar, chipping gun, or chisel.
Spray or spread refractory material over brickwork to protect against deterioration.
Lay and align bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
Water levelsAll Tools
Stone masons’ hammers
Square point shovels
Socket wrench sets
Sled runner jointers
Skid steer loaders
Shielded arc welding tools
Round point shovels
Rope and pulley systems
Power joint cutters
Portable welding machines
Pneumatic chipping guns
Fall arrest systems
Brick spacing rulers
Block and tackle equipment
Adjustable widemouth pliers
RISA Technologies RISA-3D
Construction Management Software ProEst
CPR Visual Estimator
Tradesman’s Software Master Estimator
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without ‘giving out’ or fatiguing.
Physical Abilities › Physical Strength Abilities › Trunk Strength
Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Physical Abilities › Physical Strength Abilities › Static Strength