Brickmasons & Blockmasons

Brick Mason

Brickmasons and blockmasons are skilled craftsmen who work with bricks, concrete blocks, and other masonry materials to build walls, partitions, and other structures
Brick Mason
Did you love legos as a kid? Do you have steady hands, attention to detail, and a knack for building? Play with big kid legos, and get paid for it!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Build amazing structures from the ground up, Learn a vital trade as old as time, Put your creative energy and attention to detail to use!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Block Layer, Block Mason, Blockmason, Brick and Block Mason, Brick Mason, Bricklayer, Concrete Finisher, Mason, Masonry Installer, Tender
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Block Layer, Block Mason, Blockmason, Brick and Block Mason, Brick Mason, Bricklayer, Concrete Finisher, Mason, Masonry Installer, Tender
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Your Typical Day:

  • 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.
  • Apply and smooth mortar or other mixture over work surface.
  • Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
  • 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.
  • Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
  • Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
  • Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
  • Examine brickwork or structure to determine need for repair.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Apply mortar.
  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 94/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 62/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 57/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 54/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 53/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 53/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 51/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 50/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 45/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 44/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Trowels
  • Hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Manlift or personnel lift
  • Levels
  • Plaster or mortar mixers
  • Blocks or pulleys
  • Power saws
  • Blow torch
  • Jacks
  • Shovels
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Spot welding machine
  • Cutting machines
  • Abrasive stones
  • Masks or accessories
  • Tape measures
  • Wire cutters
  • Stonemason hammer
  • Razor knives
  • Pry bars
  • Hoists
  • Edgers
  • Pressure indicators
  • Socket sets
  • Power drills
  • Squares
  • Hand sprayers
  • Tongs
  • Lifts
  • Rulers
  • Pallet trucks
  • Pressure or steam cleaners
  • Concrete spreaders
  • Sledge hammer
  • Power chippers
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Shoring equipment
  • Power routers
  • Wire brushes
  • Rubber mallet
  • Grouting pump
  • Hoes
  • Winches
  • Claw hammer
  • Level sensors or transmitters
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine
  • Angle grinder
  • Power screwguns
  • C clamps
  • Workshop cranes
  • Staple guns
  • Ladders
  • Air compressors
  • Hard hats
  • Grease guns
  • Slings
  • Floats
  • Scaffolding
  • Safety glasses
  • Bolt cutters
  • Utility knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Forklifts
  • Compasses
  • Tower cranes
  • Chalk lines
  • Gas generators
  • Power grinders
  • Plumb bobs
  • Concrete vibrators
  • Picks
  • Torque wrenches
  • Protractors
  • Wood chisels
  • Caulking guns
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Desktop computers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Skid steer loaders
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