Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, & Tile & Marble Setters
Also called: Bricklayer Helper, Hod Carrier, Marble Finisher Helper, Mason Tender
In the military: see titles from the Air Force , Army , Coast Guard , Marine Corps , or Navy .
In the Air Force: Heavy Repair Superintendent; Structural; Structural Apprentice; Structural Craftsman; Structural Helper; Structural Journeyman
In the Army: Carpentry and Masonry Specialist; Combat Engineer
In the Coast Guard: Damage Controlman; Material Maintenance Specialty
In the Marine Corps: Combat Engineer
In the Navy: Advanced Builder; Builder; Constructionman
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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.
What they do: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.
On the job, you would:
- Mix mortar, plaster, and grout, manually or using machines, according to standard formulas.
- Erect scaffolding or other installation structures.
- Cut materials to specified sizes for installation, using power saws or tile cutters.
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