A Career as a Mason
Masons are true craftspeople who work with stone, brick and concrete blocks to build foundations, homes, fireplaces, chimneys, and retaining walls. Northern Michigan masons are essential to building the stunning fireplaces and chimneys seen in so many high-end homes. Masons are also involved in installing brick or stone patios, building firepits and working with landscapers on retaining walls and stone stairways.
How to Start Your Career as a Mason
There are no high school programs locally, so please contact us to find out about on-the-job training in our area.
No degree is needed. Experience is the best teacher!
Watch this VIDEO on a career as a mason and hear what masons have to say about their trade.
A Day in the Life of an Mason
Set the forms that hold concrete to the desired pitch, depth and alignment
Spread, level and smooth concrete using rakes, shovels or power trowels then hand or power screed to level surface
Monitor how the wind, heat or cold affect curing the concrete throughout the entire process
Signal truck driver to position truck to facilitate pouring concrete and move chute to direct concrete into the forms
Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure the concrete then waterproof or restore surfaces
Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills, and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete. Pattern or stamp the surface to provide a decorative finish if specified.
More info on becoming a Mason: O*NET Online