CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Brickmasons and Blockmasons

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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.
Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
Apply and smooth mortar or other mixture over work surface.
Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.
Examine brickwork or structure to determine need for repair.
Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
Lay and align bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
Remove burned or damaged brick or mortar, using sledgehammer, crowbar, chipping gun, or chisel.
Spray or spread refractory material over brickwork to protect against deterioration.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
BVH Gregg Concrete Project management software
CPR International Visual Estimator Project management software
Construction Management Software ProEst Analytical or scientific software
Daystar Masonry Project management software
Estimating software Project management software
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
RISA Technologies RISAMasonry Project management software
Tradesman's Software Master Estimator Project management software
Adhesive trowels Trowels
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air compressors Air compressors
Angle grinders Power grinders
Arc welders Welders
Block and tackle equipment Blocks or pulleys
Bolt cutters Bolt cutters
Bosun chairs Manlift or personnel lift
Bracing equipment Shoring equipment
Brick hammers Hammers
Brick jointers Trowels
Brick spacing rulers Rulers
Brick tongs Tongs
Bush hammers Hammers
C clamps C clamps
Carpenters' hammers Hammers
Caulking guns Caulking guns
Cement mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Chain blocks Blocks or pulleys
Chalk lines Chalk lines
Circular saws Power saws
Claw hammers Hammers
Compasses Compasses
Concave jointers Trowels
Concrete vibrators Concrete vibrators
Crowbars Pry bars
Cutting torches Blow torches
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dust masks Masks or accessories
Edgers Edgers
Electric winches Winches
Fall arrest systems Safety harnesses or belts
Floats Floats
Forklifts Forklifts
Gas generators Gas generators
Grease guns Grease guns
Groovers Edgers
Grout pumps Hand sprayers
Hammer drills Power drills
Hammers Hammers
Hand sprayers Hand sprayers
Hard hats Hard hats
Hoisting equipment Hoists
Hydraulic jacks Jacks
Jackhammers Pneumatic hammer
Jacks Jacks
Jig saws Power saws
Ladders Ladders
Laser levels Levels
Mashing hammers Hammers
Masonry brushes Wire brushes
Masonry levels Levels
Masonry saws Power saws
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Mixing drills Plaster or mortar mixers
Mortar hoes Hoes
Mortar mixers Plaster or mortar mixers
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Outriggers Lifts
Pallet jacks Pallet trucks
Picks Picks
Pitching chisels Cold chisels
Plastering trowels Trowels
Plumb bobs Plumb bobs
Pneumatic chipping guns Power chippers
Pneumatic chisels Pneumatic hammer
Pointing trowels Trowels
Power drills Power drills
Power grinders Power grinders
Power joint cutters Cutting machines
Power saws Power saws
Power screwguns Power screwguns
Power trowels Trowels
Power washers Pressure or steam cleaners
Precision squares Squares
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Propane torches Blow torches
Protractors Protractors
Pry bars Pry bars
Rake jointers Trowels
Refractory hammers Hammers
Rope and pulley systems Blocks or pulleys
Round point shovels Shovels
Rubber mallets Mallets
Rubbing stones Abrasive stones
Safety glasses Safety glasses
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scrapers Razor knives
Screeds Concrete spreaders
Screw jacks Jacks
Skid steer loaders Skid steer loaders
Sled runner jointers Trowels
Sledgehammers Hammers
Slings Slings
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Spray guns Hand sprayers
Square point shovels Shovels
Staple guns Staple guns
Stone masons' hammers Hammers
Stone splitters Cutting machines
Striking tools Hammers
Swing stages Manlift or personnel lift
Tile chisels Cold chisels
Tile hammers Hammers
Torque wrenches Torque wrenches
Tower cranes Tower cranes
Transit levels Level sensors or transmitters
Utility knives Utility knives
Water levels Levels
Welders Welders
Welding machines Welders
Wire brushes Wire brushes
Wire snips Wire cutters
Wood chisels Wood chisels
Work cages Manlift or personnel lift
Workshop cranes Workshop cranes
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
Alternate Job Title(s)
Acid Tank Liner
Adobe Layer
Block Layer
Block Mason
Block Paver
Bottom Liner
Brick Chimney Builder
Brick Dropper
Brick Layer
Brick Mason
Brick Paver
Brick Pointer
Brick Setter
Brick and Block Mason
Bricklayer Apprentice
Brickmason Apprentice
Casing Builder
Casing Man
Casing Worker
Chimney Builder
Chimney Mechanic
Chimney Repairer
Cinder Block Mason
Coke Oven Mason
Coke Oven Patcher
Concrete Block Layer
Concrete Block Mason
Concrete Finisher
Cupola Liner
Cupola Mechanic
Cupola Patcher
Door Liner
Duct Layer
Epoxy Specialist
Firebrick Layer
Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayer
Furnace Builder
Furnace Liner
Furnace Maintenance
Furnace Mason
Furnace Mechanic
Furnace Reliner
Gypsum Block Setter
Hot Top Liner
Kiln Car Repairer
Kiln Door Builder
Kiln Maintenance
Kiln Mechanic
Kiln Repairer
Ladle Builder
Ladle Liner
Ladle Mechanic
Ladle Patcher
Lining Mechanic
Manhole Builder
Mason Apprentice
Mason Liner
Masonry Installer
Oven Builder
Permastone Mechanic
Plaster Block Layer
Pottery Kiln Builder
Refractory Bricklayer
Segment Block Layer
Silo Erector
Smelter Liner
Spout Liner
Stopping Builder
Terra Cotta Mason
Terra Cotta Setter
Tunnel Kiln Repairer
Vessel Builder
Vessel Liner
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Trades - Journey Level
Benchmark Title: Brickmasons and Blockmasons
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