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

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Also known as:
Adobe Layer Helper, Brick Carrier, Brick Washer, Bricklayer Helper, Ceramic Tile Installation Helper, Chimney Builder Helper, Firebrick Layer Helper, Marble Installation Helper, Mortar Mixer, Parquet Floor Layer's Helper

Video transcript

Building materials like stone and brick add artistry to buildings and homes. Brickmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters depend upon helpers to get the work done. Although helpers handle the aspects of the job that call for a lesser degree of skill, their contribution is very important.

First of all, they carry the materials and equipment needed at the job site. Often they are the ones responsible for organizing and keeping a list of the items. Helpers prepare the area where the work is to be done. This may include ripping up and removing the old materials.

They may be called upon to hold materials or tools, having them ready for the craftsmen. They apply the caulk or sealants to the installed surfaces and they wipe away excess grout. Helpers also assist with equipment maintenance.

They work is physically demanding. At times, helpers handle extremely heavy materials. Bending, lifting, working on your knees or over your head are all part of a typical days work. No formal training is required. Helpers learn these tasks on-the-job from more experienced workers.

If you have the ability to take direction and want to get in on the ground floor of a challenging job in construction, helping a brickmason, stonemason, or tile and marble setter may be the job for you.

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.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Apply grout between joints of bricks or tiles, using grouting trowels.

Move or position materials such as marble slabs, using cranes, hoists, or dollies.

Locate and supply materials to masons for installation, following drawings or numbered sequences.

Clean installation surfaces, equipment, tools, work sites, or storage areas, using water, chemical solutions, oxygen lances, or polishing machines.

Apply caulk, sealants, or other agents to installed surfaces.

Arrange or store materials, machines, tools, or equipment.

Erect scaffolding or other installation structures.

Correct surface imperfections or fill chipped, cracked, or broken bricks or tiles, using fillers, adhesives, or grouting materials.

Transport materials, tools, or machines to installation sites, manually or using conveyance equipment.

Modify material moving, mixing, grouting, grinding, polishing, or cleaning procedures, according to installation or material requirements.

Remove damaged tile, brick, or mortar, and clean or prepare surfaces, using pliers, hammers, chisels, drills, wire brushes, or metal wire anchors.

Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
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.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.