Brick & Stone Masons (401A) prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other masonry units to construct, erect and repair structures such as walls, partitions, patios, arches, paving, fireplaces, smokestacks and chimneys. Their work also encompasses the laying of fire brick and other refractory materials used in the construction of industrial furnaces, retorts and boilers.
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You may find additional information about Brick & Stone Mason and applicable standards at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website - Construction sector link: www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/construction.
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What Does a Brick & Stone Mason Do?
A Brick & Stone Mason does similar work to a cement mason or a bricklayer. Specialized Brick & Stone Masons could repair and restore heritage buildings and monuments. Some structures that a Brick & Stone Mason works on include chimneys, smokestacks, foundations, furnaces, kilns and forges.
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What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
Brick & Stone Mason 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 is usually required by employers and unions today, but grade 8 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 6000 hour apprenticeship will include a combination of on-the-job and in-school training. Brick & Stone Mason skills are transferable to other masonry trades as well as landscaping.
What’s Your Future as a Brick & Stone Mason?
Brick & Stone Masons generally work full-time, often outdoors, sometimes on scaffolding inside protective enclosures. Bricklayers who work on construction projects may work on a project-to-project basis with some down-time. Some Brick & Stone Masons work as employees of contractors, or are self-employed as independent contractors. Brick & Stone Masons are often members of a construction union and work out of a union hiring hall. Some may specialize further in this trade and become qualified as a Refractory Mason. Examples of typical Brick & Stone Mason employers include:
For additional information about this career, check out the Construction Sector Council website at: www.CareersInConstruction.ca
Ask Yourself: Is working as a Brick and Stone Mason for You?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, a career as a Brick & Stone Mason may be for you!
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