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Brickmasons and Blockmasons

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,270
    • Yearly Projected Openings 480

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Independence
    • Achievement/Effort

    Tools

    • Trowels
    • Power saws
    • Hammers
    • Cold chisels
    • Blocks or pulleys

    Technology

    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Accounting software

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