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


Help brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.


  • Clean installation surfaces, equipment, tools, work sites, and storage areas, using water, chemical solutions, oxygen lances, or polishing machines.
  • Provide assistance in the preparation, installation, repair, and/or rebuilding of tile, brick, or stone surfaces.
  • Transport materials, tools, and 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.
  • Apply caulk, sealants, or other agents to installed surfaces.
  • Apply grout between joints of bricks or tiles, using grouting trowels.
  • Arrange and store materials, machines, tools, and equipment.
  • Cut materials to specified sizes for installation, using power saws or tile cutters.
  • Erect scaffolding or other installation structures.
  • Mix mortar, plaster, and grout, manually or using machines, according to standard formulas.
  • Remove damaged tile, brick, or mortar, and clean and prepare surfaces, using pliers, hammers, chisels, drills, wire brushes, and metal wire anchors.
  • Remove excess grout and residue from tile or brick joints, using sponges or trowels.
  • Select or locate and supply materials to masons for installation, following drawings or numbered sequences.
  • Correct surface imperfections or fill chipped, cracked or broken bricks or tiles, using fillers, adhesives, and grouting materials.
  • Move or position materials such as marble slabs, using cranes, hoists, or dollies.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


  • 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.


Related Careers

  • Glaziers
  • Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
  • Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
  • Stonemasons
  • Tile and Marble Setters
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