Stonemasons

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About the Job

Build stone structures, such as piers, walls, and abutments. Lay walks, curbstones, or special types of masonry for vats, tanks, and floors.

It is also Called

  • Tile Setter
  • Stonemason Apprentice
  • Stone Setter
  • Stone Repairer
  • Stone Paver
  • Stone Mason
  • Stone Layer
  • Stone Derrickman and Rigger
  • Stone Chimney Mason
  • Rock Mason Apprentice
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What They Do

  • Line interiors of molds with treated paper and fill molds with composition-stone mixture.
  • Position mold along guidelines of wall, press mold in place, and remove mold and paper from wall.
  • Dig trench for foundation of monument, using pick and shovel.
  • Construct and install prefabricated masonry units.
  • Remove sections of monument from truck bed, and guide stone onto foundation, using skids, hoist, or truck crane.
  • Repair cracked or chipped areas of stone or marble, using blowtorch and mastic, and remove rough or defective spots from concrete, using power grinder or chisel and hammer.
  • Drill holes in marble or ornamental stone and anchor brackets in holes.
  • Smooth, polish, and bevel surfaces, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Replace broken or missing masonry units in walls or floors.
  • Lay brick to build shells of chimneys and smokestacks or to line or reline industrial furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $65,190 with most people making between $36,400 and $100,670

Outlook

1.76%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 510 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 600 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 9 openings due to growth and about 1 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.



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