Lays and binds 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.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.
A person in this career:
- Removes excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finishes mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
- Constructs 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.
- Measures distance from reference points and marks guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
- Breaks or cuts bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
- Interprets blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.
- Fastens or fuses brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
- Lays and aligns bricks, blocks, or tiles to build or repair structures or high temperature equipment, such as cupola, kilns, ovens, or furnaces.
- Mixes specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.
- Calculates angles and courses and determines vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
- Cleans working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
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