Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters

Description

Help brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Tasks

  • Cut materials to specified sizes for installation, using power saws or tile cutters.
  • Erect scaffolding or other installation structures.
  • Locate and supply materials to masons for installation, following drawings or numbered sequences.
  • Mix mortar, plaster, and grout, manually or using machines, according to standard formulas.
  • Apply grout between joints of bricks or tiles, using grouting trowels.
  • Correct surface imperfections or fill chipped, cracked, or broken bricks or tiles, using fillers, adhesives, or grouting materials.
  • Modify material moving, mixing, grouting, grinding, polishing, or cleaning procedures, according to installation or material requirements.
  • Provide assistance in the preparation, installation, repair, or rebuilding of tile, brick, or stone surfaces.
  • Clean installation surfaces, equipment, tools, work sites, or storage areas, using water, chemical solutions, oxygen lances, or polishing machines.
  • Transport materials, tools, or machines to installation sites, manually or using conveyance equipment.
  • Move or position materials such as marble slabs, using cranes, hoists, or dollies.
  • Remove excess grout or residue from tile or brick joints, using sponges or trowels.
  • Remove damaged tile, brick, or mortar, and clean or prepare surfaces, using pliers, hammers, chisels, drills, wire brushes, or metal wire anchors.
  • Arrange or store materials, machines, tools, or equipment.
  • Apply caulk, sealants, or other agents to installed surfaces.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Lay Titles

Boat Joiner Helper
Boring Machine Operator Helper
Brick Carrier
Brick Cleaner
Brick Tender
Brick Washer
Bricklayer
Bricklayer Helper
Bricklayer Tender
Construction Laborer
Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayer Helper
Firebrick or Refractory Tile Bricklayer Helper
Forklift Driver
Form Layer
Form Setter
Hod Carrier
Hot-Top-Liner Helper
Laborer
Marble Finisher
Mason
Mason Helper
Mason Tender
Monument Setter Helper
Morter Mixer
Patcher Helper
Tile Finisher
Tile Layer Helper
Tile Setter
Tombstone Erector Helper

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$13.57 hourly, $28,220 annual.
Employment (2008):
24,310 employees