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

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.


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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. The 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 day’s 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.