P.O. Box 44157, RPO Garside
Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6
Phone: (780) 851-7013
Fax: (780) 851-7013
#132-250 Shawville Blvd. SE
Calgary, AB T2Y2Z7
Phone: (587) 998-4023
Masonry in general terms is any material that is bonded together by mortar. This was a true description in ancient times and is still true today. The masonry trade has a long history and much has changed since the first bricks were laid, but today there are still many similarities with the masonry laid up centuries ago. The term Masonry in today’s needs is the bonding of Bricks, Concrete Block, Natural stone, Glass block and many other products that require mortar for the bonding agent. In North America the word “Bricklayer” is often used instead of mason.
The skill and training required to become a mason includes being able to figure trade related problems, proportion the ingredients to mix mortar and grout, read blueprints, and install and handle various different kinds of masonry units along with using various different tools to accomplish the job required.
The masonry trade offers a rewarding career for persons who have an interest in working with hand tools and materials made of clay, concrete or natural products. Masons are highly skilled workers. They understand the basic principles and practices related to the construction industry.
Masons are skilled craftsmen who install masonry materials bonded with mortar such as brick, block, stone, and others to build walls and buildings. Many of the most beautiful and enduring structures around the world have been constructed by masons. Modern masons read blueprints, and specifications, interpret building codes, and possess a strong knowledge of tools, materials and construction techniques.
Take a look around your community. You will likely be very surprised how much of the built environment you live and work in every day has been built by a mason.
A Brick and Stone Mason Apprentice is a Tradesperson in Training. An apprentice learns to develop the skills of the qualified mason on-the-job and through formal in-school training. All this while being paid and receiving employment benefits.
In order to become a certified bricklayer, an apprentice must work and learn for 3 to 5 years. This commitment will pay you for the rest of your life. EARN WHILE YOU LEARN!
Mason Apprentice - Age 19 $15/hr x 2000 = $30,000/year
Certified Mason - Age 24 $32/hr x 2000 = $64,000/year