Brickmasons/blockmasons are responsible for intense physical work and required to know how to read and interpret blueprints, as well as maintain a good understanding of mathematics, particularly geometry. They are generally required to be in good physical shape due to the laborious nature of the job, and should also be knowledgeable of the use of tools like hammers and chisels.
Block and brickmasons generally work outdoors in order to build or repair structures. They often work for independent contractors rather than large-scale companies. Because they work with others on independent contracting jobs, education requirements are not strict, though some companies may require a college degree. Independent contractors often simply want block/brickmasons to have the necessary geometric and physical labor skills for the job.
As most in this position work with independent contractors, their working hours may vary greatly. Some may work in the day, while others may work into the late afternoon or even at night. Those who work for professional companies usually have strict hours, but these hours can and do vary, as well.
Brickmason or Blockmason Tasks
Spread a mixture of cement, lime, sand, and water with a trowel onto surface.
Build walkaways, fences, walls, and roads using a variety of materials, including concrete, marble, stone, wood, and bricks.
Cut or saw bricks to fit around windows and doors.
Carve out and build structures and surfaces.
Place materials, such as brick, on mortar bed.