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Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
SOC Code: 47-3011.00

Help brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Brick and Blocker Aid, Labor; Bricklayer Helper; Helper; Helper, Marble Finisher; Hod Carrier; Lead Mason Tender; Mason Tender; Mason Tender, Restoration Labor; Mortar Mixer; Tender, Labor


  • Mix mortar, plaster, and grout, manually or using machines, according to standard formulas.
  • Erect scaffolding or other installation structures.
  • Cut materials to specified sizes for installation, using power saws or tile cutters.
  • Modify material moving, mixing, grouting, grinding, polishing, or cleaning procedures, according to installation or material requirements.
  • Transport materials, tools, or machines to installation sites, manually or using conveyance equipment.
  • Provide assistance in the preparation, installation, repair, or rebuilding of tile, brick, or stone surfaces.
  • Locate and supply materials to masons for installation, following drawings or numbered sequences.
  • Arrange or store materials, machines, tools, or equipment.
  • Clean installation surfaces, equipment, tools, work sites, or storage areas, using water, chemical solutions, oxygen lances, or polishing machines.
  • Move or position materials such as marble slabs, using cranes, hoists, or dollies.
  • Remove excess grout or residue from tile or brick joints, using sponges or trowels.
  • Apply grout between joints of bricks or tiles, using grouting trowels.
  • Apply caulk, sealants, or other agents to installed surfaces.
  • Remove damaged tile, brick, or mortar, and clean or prepare surfaces, using pliers, hammers, chisels, drills, wire brushes, or metal wire anchors.
  • Correct surface imperfections or fill chipped, cracked, or broken bricks or tiles, using fillers, adhesives, or grouting materials.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Intuit QuickBooks
  • Analytical or scientific software - Construction Management Software ProEst
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk Revit ; Computer aided design and drafting CADD software; EasyCAD Iris 2D; TileGem
  • Data base user interface and query software - Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor; Microsoft Access
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks; Microsoft Visio
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - CPR Visual Estimator; Daystar; Microsoft SharePoint ; RISA Technologies RISAMasonry (see all 6 examples)
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air compressors
  • Blow torch - Heating torches; Oxygen lances
  • Caulking guns
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Concrete mixers or plants - Concrete mixers
  • Concrete vibrators
  • Dollies
  • Floats - Grout floats
  • Forklifts
  • Grinding or polishing machines - Polishing machines
  • Grouting machines
  • Hoists - Power hoists
  • Hydraulic truck cranes - Hydraulic booms
  • Ladders
  • Locking pliers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Plaster or mortar mixers - Mortar mixers
  • Pneumatic hammer - Jackhammers
  • Pneumatic sanding machines - Sandblasters
  • Power chippers
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders
  • Power saws - Concrete saws; Tile-cutting saws
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Steam cleaning equipment
  • Pry bars
  • Safety boots
  • Scaffolding
  • Spatulas - Grouting spatulas
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Tower cranes - Material moving cranes
  • Trowels - Grouting trowels
  • Winches
  • Wire brushes
  • Wood chisels
  • Workshop cranes - Portable 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • 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.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • 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.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speed of Limb Movement - The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.


  • Interest code: R
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 95% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 48% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 45% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 36% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 48% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 40% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 35% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 31% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 43% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Contact With Others - 43% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Level of Competition - 38% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 34% responded “Very important results.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Consequence of Error - 30% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 37% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 29% responded “Extremely important.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 34% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 54% responded “40 hours.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 30% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 38% responded “Less than half the time.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
58%High school diploma or equivalent
24%Less than high school diploma
12%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • 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.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $15.25 hourly, $31,710 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 24,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 3,800

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