The Life of a Mason
Building great structures and pushing architectural boundaries, masonry workers have been considered artists through time. Today masonry remains one of the most highly sought after trade skills available. From new construction to the upkeep of historical landmarks, masonry workers ensure a structure is built correctly and the job is done right. In Georgia, there is demand for masonry workers, with many earning upwards of $78k.
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Becoming a Mason
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A training program prepares students with skills for careers in the mason industry and emphasizes a combination of mason theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment.
Students completing a masonry training program obtain the qualifications for an entry–level residential mason or entry–level commercial mason.
Standard training programs include:
Masonry is one of the oldest skilled trades professions in the history of construction.
Many masons learn the fundamentals of this timeless craft working on an actual jobsite.
Working alongside skilled professionals, they learn to use equipment associated with the mason trade and apply the techniques used to build brick walls, as well as construct and repair other stone structures.
As a masonry apprentice, you’ll work under the supervision of skilled professionals to receive on-the-job training in bricklaying, cement, and stone installations.
You will learn to work with brick, concrete block, glass block, tile, terra cotta, stone and other prefabricated materials, working on projects ranging from building a wall to installing an ornate exterior on a skyscraper.
You’ll learn to use equipment associated with the mason trade as you apply the techniques used to build brick walls or construct other stone structures and installations.
You’ll gain a solid understanding of structural applications for columns, foundations, load-bearing beams and arches, as well as learn to read blueprints and follow building codes to ensure safety and fire code compliance, all while getting paid as you earn journey-level status.
As a mason, you can specialize in different types of projects depending on your interest and experience.
Perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.
Assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.
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