What Does a Restoration Mason Do?

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.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • preparing, mixing mortar
  • using and maintaining power and hand tools
  • cutting out and filling masonry joints in ashlar, rubble and brickwork
  • cutting out and indenting new stone pieces
  • repairing, replacing or resetting bricks, stone and terra cotta blocks
  • drilling, grouting and pinning fractured stones, resetting copings
  • performing washing, including mechanical and chemical cleaning of masonry surfaces
  • observing safety in accordance with government and company standards

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:

  • Building construction companies
  • Residential building developers
  • Masonry Contractors
  • Exterior construction firms

Wage Rate

  • An Apprentice earns less than a Journeyperson, but as your skills and expertise improve, your wage increases
  • Wages for fully qualified Restoration Mason vary in the range of $17-$30/ hour, depending on the size of the shop they work for and if they are self-employed
  • Potential exists for overtime during busy periods

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Restoration Mason For You?

Self-Rating

Do you mind being exposed to water, noises, and vibrations?

Yes      No

Can you stand on your feet for long periods of time, bend, stoop, lift heavy objects?

Yes      No

Do you enjoy problem-solving?

Yes      No

Do you have some artistic ability and pay attention to detail, often to exacting standards?

Yes      No

Are you willing to travel to work, or to work overtime?

Yes      No

Do you like working outdoors in various weather conditions?

Yes      No

Can you work well independently or as a member of a team to get the job done?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Restoration Mason may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Cement (Concrete) Finisher
  • Bricklayer
  • Stone Cutter
  • Tile, Terrazzo and Marble Setter
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer

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