A wide variety of careers are available within the masonry industry. Depending upon your interests, you could pursue opportunities in several different areas of masonry. Below are just a few examples of possible careers within the industry.
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
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.
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services
to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and
compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
Teach or instruct students. Can include industrial, commercial and government
training instructors; and adult education teachers and instructors who prepare persons to operate industrial machinery and equipment and transportation and communications equipment. Teaching may take place in public or private schools whose primary business is education or in a school associated with an organization whose primary business is other than education.
Job Site Supervisor or Foreman
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers and their helpers. May
perform both supervisory and management functions, such as accounting, marketing, and personnel work and may also engage in the same construction trades work as the workers they supervise.
Plan, direct, coordinate, or budget, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, and implementations.
Quality Control Technician
Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of layout or production, usually
under the direction of engineering staff. May study and record time, motion, method, and speed involved in performance of production, maintenance, and other worker operations for such purposes as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.
Build stone structures, such as piers, walls, and abutments. Lay walks, curbstones, or special types of masonry for vats, tanks, and floors.