A: Masons (aka bricklayers) work with brick, concrete block, glass block, tile, terra cotta and stone. Work can be as simple as building a wall or as complex as installing an ornate exterior or constructing a skyscraper. No matter what the job, the skill and precision required by a mason has yet to be replaced by machines.
As with many construction trades, masonry work is primarily performed outdoors. Masons work in all weather conditions, where buildings are enclosed with protective sheeting during cold months. This allows masons to work year‐round, which provides stability in their income.
The work is very physical, involving the use of hand tools, power tools and material handling equipment. Every brick and block must be laid by hand and requires the skill of a craftsman ‐ a true artisan. A skilled mason knows the different patterns, textures and colours that create an attractive finished product.
Masons must also be able to read blueprints, understand building codes and be knowledgeable of industry safety guidelines and rules for handling hazardous materials.