Lays and binds 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.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway, Maintenance and Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Removes excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finishes mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
- Constructs 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.
- Measures distance from reference points and marks guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
- Breaks or cuts bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
- Interprets blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
- Fastens or fuses brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
- Lays and aligns bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
- Mixes specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.
- Calculates angles and courses and determines vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
- Cleans working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
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