Brickmasons & Blockmasons

Also called: Block Layer, Brick and Block Mason, Bricklayer

Career Cluster: Architecture & Construction
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
KNOWLEDGE

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
SKILLS

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Achievement/Effort
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • Daystar iStructural.com
  • Estimating software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
EDUCATION


high school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $94,220.00
Median: $59,640.00
Low: $38,360.00
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