A good Mason is familiar with working in poured concrete and concrete block, as well as working with bricks. A Mason's work involves forming structures using concrete and advising carpenters in the building of forms and their placement. A Mason needs to be able to check vertical and horizontal alignment, ensuring that the masonry work is level. A Mason needs to know how to install anchors and reinforcements by bending and spacing according to a given set of specifications. He or she needs to be able to read and interpret blueprints and other guidelines for building. A Mason must be able to lay stone, brick, blocks and other materials to form structures. Some tools that a Mason needs to be able to know how to use well include edges and trowels, hammers, as well as cutting equipment and saws. The Mason needs to be able to coordinate with other contractors, especially on larger-scale projects, though he or she may be working alone on smaller projects. A Mason is familiar with and is able to prepare concrete and mortar, and makes educated decisions on how much material is needed for the work. Attention to detail is required, as well as having good technique in being precise and measuring accurately. A good Mason is up to date on all safety procedures, follows them rigorously, and is able to maintain a neat and tidy work area after the job has been completed. Due to the nature of the work, a Mason needs to be willing to work outdoors a good percentage of the time.
- Lay stone, brick, blocks and other materials to form structures.
- Install anchors and reinforcements by bending and spacing according to specifications.
- Prepare concrete and mortar.
- Form structures of concrete and advise carpenters in building of forms and placement.
- Check vertical and horizontal alignment.