Brickmasons and Blockmasons

Architecture & Construction > Construction

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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.


Workshop cranes

Work cages

Wood chisels

Wire snips

Wire brushes


Water levels

All Tools

Utility knives

Transit levels

Tower cranes

Torque wrenches

Tile hammers

Tile chisels

Swing stages

Striking tools

Stone splitters

Stone masons’ hammers

Staple guns

Square point shovels

Spray guns

Socket wrench sets



Sled runner jointers

Skid steer loaders

Shielded arc welding tools

Screw jacks




Safety glasses

Rubbing stones

Rubber mallets

Round point shovels

Rope and pulley systems

Refractory hammers

Rake jointers

Pry bars


Propane torches

Pressure gauges

Precision squares

Power washers

Power trowels

Power screwguns

Power saws

Power joint cutters

Power grinders

Power drills

Portable welding machines

Portable routers

Pointing trowels

Pneumatic chisels

Pneumatic chipping guns

Plumb bobs

Plastering trowels

Pitching chisels


Pallet jacks


Notebook computers

Mortar mixers

Mortar hoes

Mixing drills

Measuring tapes

Masonry saws

Masonry levels

Masonry brushes

Mashing hammers

Laser levels


Jig saws



Hydraulic jacks

Hoisting equipment

Hard hats

Hand sprayers


Hammer drills

Grout pumps


Grease guns

Gas generators



Fall arrest systems

Electric winches


Dust masks

Desktop computers

Cutting torches


Concrete vibrators

Concave jointers


Claw hammers

Circular saws

Chalk lines

Chain blocks

Cement mixers

Caulking guns

Carpenters’ hammers

C clamps

Bush hammers

Brick tongs

Brick spacing rulers

Brick sets

Brick jointers

Brick hammers

Brick bolsters

Bracing equipment

Bosun chairs

Bolt cutters

Block and tackle equipment

Angle grinders

Air compressors

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers

Adhesive trowels


RISA Technologies RISA-3D

Construction Management Software ProEst

CPR Visual Estimator


Estimating software

Tradesman’s Software Master Estimator


Critical Thinking

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.

Active Listening

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.

Operation Monitoring

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.

Time Management

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

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