Brick and Stone Mason

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade

Description

  • Lay brick and stone, concrete blocks, structural tiles and other kinds of masonry in residential, commercial and industrial settings
  • Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required
  • Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools
  • Construct, erect, install and repair walls, arches, paving, floors, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks and other such structures
  • Lay radial bricks to build masonry shells of industrial chimneys
  • Install firebricks to line industrial chimneys, furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations
  • Lay bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls or other surfaces
  • Lay bricks or other masonry units to build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations

Personal Qualities

  • You may be required to work in cramped areas or at considerable heights
  • You work outdoors in changeable climatic conditions
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • You need to be in good physical condition to lift and carry heavy materials
  • You enjoy working with your hands and tools and working to exact standards and close tolerances
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for additional qualities requiredhttp://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/index.shtml.

Career Opportunities

  • Employed on a project-by-project basis or work for a construction company
  • Many brick and stone mason journeypersons have their own businesses
  • Small, medium and large companies, unionized and non-unionized employ masons on a variety of projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 8, however most employers require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 4 year apprenticeship program at 1,400 per year
  • If you have completed 5,600 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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