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Brickmasons and Blockmasons - 47-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Block Layer
  • Block Mason
  • Blockmason
  • Brick and Block Mason
  • Brick Mason
  • Bricklayer
  • Mason
  • Masonry Installer
  • Tender

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply and smooth mortar or other mixture over work surface.
  • Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
  • Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
  • Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
  • Construct corners by fastening in plumb position a corner pole or building a corner pyramid of bricks, and filling in between the corners using a line from corner to corner to guide each course, or layer, of brick.
  • Examine brickwork or structure to determine need for repair.
  • Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
  • Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
  • Lay and align bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
  • Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
  • Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.
  • Remove burned or damaged brick or mortar, using sledgehammer, crowbar, chipping gun, or chisel.
  • Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
  • Spray or spread refractory material over brickwork to protect against deterioration.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Align masonry materials.
  • Apply mortar.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Plan layout of construction, installation, or repairs.
  • Remove excess materials from finished construction projects.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Basic Engineer, Construction, and Equipment Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Builder (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Carpentry and Masonry Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Construction Engineering Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Constructionman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC BU Builder Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Damage Controlman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Master Chief Constructionman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Material Maintenance Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Structural (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Apprentice (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Helper (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Structural Journeyman (Space Force - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Bricklayer (Brick & Tile)
  • Bricklayer (Existing Title: Bricklayer (Construction))
  • Bricklayer, Firebrick & Refractory
  • Chimney Repairer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Acid-Tank Liner
  • Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer Apprentice
  • Bricklayer, Firebrick and Refractory Tile
  • Chimney Repairer
  • Cupola Patcher
  • Hot-Top Liner
  • Kiln-Door Builder
  • Patcher
  • Repairer, Kiln Car