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Stonemasonry Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working in Stonemasonry. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work in Stonemasonry
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Stonemasonry Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Stonemasons prepare, cut, trim and fix stone and blocks for a variety of purposes including the repair and maintenance of historic buildings and monuments; the production of architectural features such as window frames, lintels, archways and ornamental garden pieces; cladding for new-build construction projects; and the creation of memorial headstones for the funeral sector. Stonemasons work with a range of materials such as sandstone, slate, marble and granite.

There are two main roles:

Banker masons cut and shape stonework with a range of hand and power tools, working from templates and moulds, to give it a textured or polished finish (dressing), in accordance with design plans; they may also be involved in carving figures, lettering or patternwork

Fixer masons work on site, setting out and bedding down the pre-prepared stone or cladding with mortar or specialist fixings, following architects blueprints; they also deal with the repair of existing stonework.

Hours and Environment

Stonemasons normally work a 39-hour week. Overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines.

Banker masons are mainly based in workshops which can be noisy and dusty, requiring the wearing of protective masks, ear defenders and goggles. Fixer masons work outdoors in all weathers on building sites, often at heights on scaffolding. The work can be physically demanding, lifting and carrying heavy stone and equipment.

Some travel, possibly with long or short stays away from home is involved, so a driving licence is useful.

Skills and Interests

To be a stonemason you should:

  • be able to follow architectural plans and drawings
  • be able to work carefully and methodically
  • be able to make accurate measurements
  • have good co-ordination and manual skills for cutting, shaping and fixing stone
  • have artistic and drawing ability for decorative aspects of the work
  • be comfortable working at heights if intending to work as a fixer mason
  • be aware of health and safety issues
  • be able to work well as part of a team
  • be physically fit.
Entry

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may look for some GCSEs/S grades in subjects such as maths, English, and design and technology, or equivalent vocational qualifications such as a Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQs in Construction and the Built Environment.

For those outside the industry, there may be the option to undertake a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Intermediate/Advanced Construction Award (Stonemasonry) at a further education college. Check with CITB-ConstructionSkills and local colleges for details.

To gain entry to an apprenticeship or training scheme you may have to pass a selection test.

Training

Training is normally provided on the job with day or block release at local colleges or training providers leading to NVQ/SVQ qualifications. You work towards NVQs/SVQs in Stonemasonry at levels 2 and 3.

Mandatory units include the preparation of materials and the work area, followed by optional units for:

Mason (banker) - preparing masonry moulds, templates and materials
Mason (fixer) - setting out, building and repairing masonry structures
Marble and granite fixing - setting out, building, repairing and fixing cladding
Memorial - fixing and maintenance of memorials.
Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

Masons are employed by stonemasonry companies which are often small concerns. If working for a small firm, a mason would be expected to cover both banker and fixing duties. Some masons work for construction companies directly or are self-employed, sub-contracting their services to larger building firms.

It may be possible for stonemasons to progress to supervisory or construction management roles.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) agrees minimum wage rates annually.

Income for new entrant stonemasons is around £12,000 a year.
Experienced workers can earn £20,000 to £25,000 a year.
Senior stonemasons may earn upwards of £30,000.

Overtime and various allowances can significantly increase income. Those self-employed negotiate their own rates.

Further information

CITB-Construction Skills
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577
www.citb.org.uk

Building Crafts College
Kennard Road
Stratford
London
W1P 7FR
Tel: 020 8522 1705

Other Useful Stonemasonry Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Stonemasonry job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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