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.
Grade 12 may be required by employers and unions but grade 10 is required as the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of a 6000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training. At present, no in-school training is currently available in the province of Ontario. 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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