National Masonry Instructors Association

P.O. Box 669
Stevensville, MD 21666
Phone: 443-496-0132       Cell: 803-308-0931

Brick and Block Masons

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.


  • Calculates angles and courses and determines vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
  • Breaks or cuts bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using edge of trowel, hammer, or power saw.
  • Cleans working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scrapper.
  • Fastens or fuses brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
  • Sprays or spreads refractory material over brickwork to protect against deterioration.
  • Measures distance from reference points and marks guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
  • Lays and aligns bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high-temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
  • Removes burned or damaged brick or mortar, using sledgehammer, crowbar, chipping gun, or chisel.
  • Mixes specified amount of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixture.
  • Applies and smoothes mortar or other mixture over work surface and removes excess, using trowel and hand tools.
  • Examines brickwork or structure to determine need for repair.


  • Mathematics
  • Equipment Selection
  • Repairing
  • Monitoring
  • Product Inspection


  • Information Ordering
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Visualization
  • Extent Flexibility
  • Dynamic Strength

Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
  • Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.


  • Consequence of Error
  • Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
  • Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls