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Brickmasons & Blockmasons

Also called: Brick Layer, Brick Mason, Bricklayer, Mason

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Basic Engineer, Construction, and Equipment Marine; Builder; Carpentry and Masonry Specialist; Combat Engineer; Structural Apprentice; Structural Craftsman; Structural Helper; Structural Journeyman

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Physical Strength
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • CPR Visual Estimator
  • Estimating software
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • RISA Technologies RISA-3D


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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