Following up on our Trending Trades Jobs post, we’re looking more in-depth at each of the specific fields. First up was the electrical field, in this post we’re getting a more in-depth look at the Brickmason field, one of constructions least publicized positions.
Before we get into anything deeper, we’ll first look into what exactly Brickmasons and Blockmasons do. Unlike general laborers, becoming a Brickmason or Blockmason means going to school and putting lots and lots of time into learning the trade.
As part of the job, you will be laying and binding building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with a mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.
Brick is one of the best and most versatile materials in the construction industry. You can learn about the different types of bricks, how to install them from many different schools who specialize in it.
A Day in the Life
Brickmasons and Blockmasons work to help construct buildings with different materials and a great variety of techniques. They construct corners by fastening in 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.
A general day will consist of breaking and cutting bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammers, and or power saws.
What You’ll Do
You’ll measure the distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work using plumb bobs and levels. They really do a ton of different tasks on a job site. A primary responsibility of this field is to figure out the angles and courses of buildings, as well as determine the vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
Another thing that you might also do is fasten and fuse brick and other building materials to help structure buildings with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch or cement.
Other tasks include
- Putting together masonry projects
- Measuring materials and other items on the worksite
- Designing & planning layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
How you’ll Work
The working day of a Brickmason or Blockmason can vary. Depending on the weather, project type, and project duration your work week length will change. However, in a typical work week as a Brickmason and Blockmason, you can expect to work less than 40 hours.
Will You Like It?
This career is perfect for someone who loves working on practical, hands-on problems. If you love working out in the real world with tangible items and results, this career is perfect for you!
The general pay of a Brickmason or Blockmason varies, but it’ll start off right around $50,000.
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