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Stonemason

Stonemasons cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs to construct and renovate stone structures and monumental masonry.

Overview

Stonemasons cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs to construct and renovate stone structures and monumental masonry.

Day-to-day

  • studies plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • erects scaffolding
  • seals foundations with damp resistant materials and spreads layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks, using trowels
  • checks vertical and horizontal alignment
  • cuts, shapes, and polishes stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shapes bricks to fit irregular spaces
  • repairs and maintains bricks, cement blocks and related structures
  • designs and cuts monumental masonry including lettering
  • constructs walls using stone slabs and large masonry slab blocks.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Stonemason

  • You can work as a Stonemason without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in stonemasonry is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

    Take a Certificate III in Stonemasonry

  • Registration or licencing may be required.

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