Brickmasons and Blockmasons ·  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. Excludes "Stonemasons" (47-2022). Installers of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units are classified in "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).



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Occupational Tasks ·  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.
· Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
· Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
· Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
· Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
· Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
· Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
· Apply and smooth mortar or other mixture over work surface.
· 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.
· Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
· Lay and align bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
· Remove burned or damaged brick or mortar, using sledgehammer, crowbar, chipping gun, or chisel.


Educational Requirements: ·  Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months)


Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 82%
·  Coordination 75%
·  Mathematics 71%
·  Time Management 69%
·  Equipment Selection 67%
·  Speaking 66%
·  Equipment Maintenance 64%
·  Reading Comprehension 62%
·  Critical Thinking 60%
·  Monitoring 58%