A Restoration Mason (244H) does similar work to a cement mason or a bricklayer. However, their work is done on structures years after the original work was performed. Specialized Restoration Masons could repair and restore heritage buildings and monuments. Some structures that a Restoration Mason works with include chimneys, smokestacks, foundations, furnaces, kilns and forges.
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Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Construction sector can be found on the Ontario College of Trades website at: www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/construction.
What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
Restoration Mason is a voluntary certified trade in the construction sector, which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training is recommended. You should preferably have a secondary school diploma this is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 10 is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades. Completion of a 6,000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification. Restoration Masons' skills are transferable to other masonry trades and the majority of new entrants are signed under the broader Brick & Stone Mason trade.
What’s Your Future as a Restoration Mason?
Restoration Masons are employed in the construction sector. They could work on a project-by-Project basis or be employed by a construction or restoration company. Restoration Masons may work indoors and outdoors and may be required to bend or stoop, lift and carry heavy objects. They may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions, and generally work a 35-40 hour week, often in shifts and must be prepared to travel to where work is available. Employers who hire Restoration Masons include:
Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Restoration Mason For You?
If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Restoration Mason may be for You!
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