Brickmasons and Blockmasons
SOC: 47-2021.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
78,100 employed

Projected (2024):
92,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acid Tank Liner
  • Adobe Layer
  • Block Layer
  • Block Mason
  • Block Paver
  • Blockmason
  • Bottom Liner
  • Brick and Block Mason
  • Brick Chimney Builder
  • Brick Dropper
  • Brick Layer
  • Brick Mason
  • Brick Paver
  • Brick Pointer
  • Brick Setter
  • Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer Apprentice
  • Brickmason
  • Brickmason Apprentice
  • Casing Builder
  • Casing Man
  • Casing Worker
  • Chimney Builder
  • Chimney Mechanic
  • Chimney Repairer
  • Cinder Block Mason
  • Coke Oven Mason
  • Coke Oven Patcher
  • Concrete Block Layer
  • Concrete Block Mason
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Cupola Liner
  • Cupola Mechanic
  • Cupola Patcher
  • Door Liner
  • Duct Layer
  • Epoxy Specialist
  • Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayer
  • Firebrick Layer
  • Fitter
  • Furnace Builder
  • Furnace Liner
  • Furnace Maintenance
  • Furnace Mason
  • Furnace Mechanic
  • Furnace Reliner
  • Gypsum Block Setter
  • Hot Top Liner
  • Kiln Car Repairer
  • Kiln Door Builder
  • Kiln Maintenance
  • Kiln Mechanic
  • Kiln Repairer
  • Ladle Builder
  • Ladle Liner
  • Ladle Mechanic
  • Ladle Patcher
  • Liner
  • Lining Mechanic
  • Manhole Builder
  • Mason
  • Mason Apprentice
  • Mason Liner
  • Masonry Installer
  • Oven Builder
  • Patcher
  • Permastone Mechanic
  • Plaster Block Layer
  • Pottery Kiln Builder
  • Refractory Bricklayer
  • Reliner
  • Segment Block Layer
  • Setter
  • Silo Erector
  • Smelter Liner
  • Spout Liner
  • Stopping Builder
  • Tender
  • Terra Cotta Mason
  • Terra Cotta Setter
  • Tunnel Kiln Repairer
  • Vessel Builder
  • Vessel Liner


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • Spray or spread refractory material over brickwork to protect against deterioration.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adhesive trowels
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Angle grinders
  • Block and tackle equipment
  • Bolt cutters
  • Bosun chairs
  • Bracing equipment
  • Brick bolsters
  • Brick hammers
  • Brick jointers
  • Brick sets
  • Brick spacing rulers
  • Brick tongs
  • Bush hammers
  • C clamps
  • Carpenters' hammers
  • Caulking guns
  • Cement mixers
  • Chain blocks
  • Chalk lines
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Compasses
  • Concave jointers
  • Concrete vibrators
  • Crowbars
  • Cutting torches
  • Desktop computers
  • Dust masks
  • Edgers
  • Electric winches
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Floats
  • Forklifts
  • Gas generators
  • Grease guns
  • Groovers
  • Grout pumps
  • Hammer drills
  • Hammers
  • Hand sprayers
  • Hard hats
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Jackhammers
  • Jacks
  • Jig saws
  • Ladders
  • Laser levels
  • Mashing hammers
  • Masonry brushes
  • Masonry levels
  • Masonry saws
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mixing drills
  • Mortar hoes
  • Mortar mixers
  • Notebook computers
  • Outriggers
  • Pallet jacks
  • Picks
  • Pitching chisels
  • Plastering trowels
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic chipping guns
  • Pneumatic chisels
  • Pointing trowels
  • Portable welding machines
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power joint cutters
  • Power saws
  • Power screwguns
  • Power trowels
  • Power washers
  • Precision squares
  • Pressure gauges
  • Propane torches
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Rake jointers
  • Refractory hammers
  • Rope and pulley systems
  • Round point shovels
  • Rubber mallets
  • Rubbing stones
  • Safety glasses
  • Scaffolding
  • Scrapers
  • Screeds
  • Screw jacks
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Sled runner jointers
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slings
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Spray guns
  • Square point shovels
  • Staple guns
  • Stone masons' hammers
  • Stone splitters
  • Striking tools
  • Swing stages
  • Tile chisels
  • Tile hammers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tower cranes
  • Transit levels
  • Utility knives
  • Water levels
  • Welders
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire snips
  • Wood chisels
  • Work cages
  • Workshop cranes
  • Construction Management Software ProEst
  • CPR Visual Estimator
  • Daystar iStructural.com
  • Estimating software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • RISA Technologies RISA-3D
  • Tradesman's Software Master Estimator


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580