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Brickmasons and Blockmasons
SOC Code: 47-2021.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Block Layer, Block Mason, Blockmason, Brick and Block Mason, Brick Mason, Bricklayer, Concrete Finisher, Mason, Masonry Installer, Tender


  • 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.
  • Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
  • Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
  • Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
  • Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
  • Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
  • Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
  • Examine brickwork or structure to determine need for repair.
  • Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.
  • Remove burned or damaged brick or mortar, using sledgehammer, crowbar, chipping gun, or chisel.
  • Lay and align bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Intuit QuickBooks
  • Analytical or scientific software - Construction Management Software ProEst
  • Computer aided design CAD software - RISA Technologies RISA-3D
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Project management software - CPR Visual Estimator; Daystar; Estimating software; Tradesman's Software Master Estimator
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Abrasive stones - Rubbing stones
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Angle grinder - Angle grinders
  • Blocks or pulleys - Block and tackle equipment; Chain blocks; Rope and pulley systems
  • Blow torch - Cutting torches; Propane torches
  • Bolt cutters
  • C clamps
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels - Brick bolsters; Brick sets; Pitching chisels; Tile chisels
  • Compasses
  • Concrete spreaders - Screeds
  • Concrete vibrators
  • Cutting machines - Power joint cutters; Stone splitters
  • Desktop computers
  • Edgers - Groovers
  • Floats
  • Forklifts
  • Gas generators
  • Grease guns
  • Grouting pump - Grout pumps
  • Hammers - Bush hammers; Carpenters' hammers; Striking tools; Tile hammers (see all 7 examples)
  • Hand sprayers - Spray guns
  • Hard hats
  • Hoes - Mortar hoes
  • Hoists - Hoisting equipment
  • Jacks - Hydraulic jacks; Screw jacks
  • Ladders
  • Level sensors or transmitters - Transit levels
  • Levels - Laser levels; Masonry levels; Water levels
  • Lifts - Outriggers
  • Manlift or personnel lift - Bosun chairs; Swing stages; Work cages
  • Masks or accessories - Dust masks
  • Notebook computers
  • Pallet trucks - Pallet jacks
  • Picks
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Cement mixers; Mixing drills; Mortar mixers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic hammer - Jackhammers; Pneumatic chisels
  • Power chippers - Pneumatic chipping guns
  • Power drills - Hammer drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power routers - Portable routers
  • Power saws - Circular saws; Jig saws; Masonry saws
  • Power screwguns
  • Pressure indicators - Pressure gauges
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Power washers
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars - Crowbars
  • Razor knives - Scrapers
  • Rubber mallet - Rubber mallets
  • Rulers - Brick spacing rulers
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety harnesses or belts - Fall arrest systems
  • Scaffolding
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shoring equipment - Bracing equipment
  • Shovels - Round point shovels; Square point shovels
  • Skid steer loaders
  • Sledge hammer - Sledgehammers
  • Slings
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Spot welding machine - Portable welding machines; Welders
  • Squares - Precision squares
  • Staple guns
  • Stonemason hammer - Brick hammers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Tongs - Brick tongs
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tower cranes
  • Trowels - Adhesive trowels; Pointing trowels; Power trowels; Sled runner jointers (see all 8 examples)
  • Utility knives
  • Winches - Electric winches
  • Wire brushes - Masonry brushes
  • Wire cutters - Wire snips
  • Wood chisels
  • Workshop cranes


  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.


  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


  • Interest code: RCI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 97% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 59% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls
  • Physical Proximity - 47% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Exposed to High Places - 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 51% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 57% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 72% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 43% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Telephone - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 67% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 72% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 28% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Contact With Others - 26% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 43% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 37% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 26% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 22% responded “Every day.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 55% responded “Important results.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 74% responded “40 hours.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 16% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 39% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 19% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Level of Competition - 58% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 36% responded “Important.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 46% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Consequence of Error - 39% responded “Very serious.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance - 40% responded “More than half the time.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
70%High school diploma or equivalent
13%Less than high school diploma
13%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $23.93 hourly, $49,770 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 91,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 9,000

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