Brick & Stone Mason (Bricklayer)
Introduction
Brick and stone masons lay brick, concrete block, stone and other similar materials to construct or repair walls, arches, chimneys, fireplaces and other structures in accordance with blueprints and specifications.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read brief notes from co-workers, e.g. read notes from supervisors to learn about worksite safety hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to Read workplace safety materials, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to understand the chemical composition of products and possible hazards. (Complexity: 2)
Read inspection reports, e.g. read comments written by building inspectors to learn about the outcomes of inspections and required changes. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to identify icons used in WHMIS, fire control and other hazard management systems. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write incident reports, e.g. complete incident reports to describe events leading up to accidents. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the quality and adequacy of the work performed. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Bricklaying-related Activities
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read brochures and flyers from manufacturers and suppliers to learn about tools, equipment and masonry materials. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to locate information such as dimensions using basic scale drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use legends and symbols found on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to use critical path charts to determine task durations and project due dates. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to use complex assembly drawings, e.g. use drawings of arches and fireplaces to determine how to install bricks and components. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use complex scale drawings, e.g. study complex construction drawings to establish material requirements and project specifications. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Read short text entries on a variety of forms, e.g. read comments on job orders. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read bulletins and memos to learn about policy changes, administrative details and production concerns. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read instructions, e.g. read instructions for the preparation of building materials, such as mortar, and the use of power tools. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read regulations and bylaws, e.g. read building codes, job specifications and bylaws to learn about required materials, ties, bonding agents, mortar strengths and clearances. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to understand and interpret written information in text books, training manuals and technical reports. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to enter data such as readings and quantities into forms such as tally sheets and logbooks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to identify a variety of symbols and icons, e.g. identify Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) symbols to understand hazards associated with products. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data in tables, e.g. locate data, such as dimensions, classifications, times and quantities, in specification tables. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write reminder notes to themselves and co-workers, e.g. write notes to labourers outlining work required. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write short comments on forms, e.g. write short notes to identify fall hazards and excavations on hazard-assessment forms. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to deal with minor equipment breakdowns and malfunctions. (Complexity: 1)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to read and write, count, round off, add or subtract, multiply or divide whole numbers, e.g. count the number of courses of brick in a wall. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to read and write, round off, add or subtract decimals, multiply or divide by a decimal, multiply or divide decimals, e.g. prepare an invoice; measure in decimals, such as .05 millimetres. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to calculate perimeters, areas and circumferences; analyze angles and distances in triangles, rectangles and circles; analyze complex shapes into constituent plane figures. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Advanced Tasks
Ability to analyze angles and distances in plane figures; calculate areas of other polygons; use theorem to solve problems; calculate areas and volumes of objects such as spheres, pyramids and cones. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to identify and calculate known and unknown angles, use trigonometry to set up and solve problems using trigonometry. (Complexity: 2)
 
Uncategorized
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition of materials and supplies, e.g. inspect the condition of cinder blocks prior to their use. (Complexity: 2)