A concrete mason can work on the foundation of a structure.
A concrete mason is a construction worker who builds many different types of structures using cement. He typically pours, smoothes, finishes and paints the concrete using a set of specialized tools and techniques. Some bricklayers act as supervisors at work sites, guiding other workers to ensure quality and efficiency. Most concrete masons are employed by municipal government organizations and construction companies, although some experienced workers successfully operate their own contract businesses.
A cement mason can work in both the public and private sectors.
When starting a job, a concrete mason typically first builds wooden or metal forms to contain the wet cement. He then pours the concrete mixture into the formwork, taking care to fill the entire area and minimize air pockets. The mason is able to level the concrete and clean off the excess with a variety of trowel types. Specialized chisels and sharpening devices can be used to add detail and decor.
Bricklayers employed by municipal governments may work on building sidewalks.
Workers usually specialize in a particular type of construction. For example, a concrete mason may work with a team that lays or lays the foundations of buildings and houses. Specialists at specialist companies build standard-sized concrete support beams and slabs that are later used in construction projects. Freemasons who are employed by municipal governments engage in major public works projects such as building roads, highways, sidewalks, bridges and dams.
Concrete masons working on construction sites may be responsible for pouring the concrete.
Some masons work as private contractors, purchasing their own equipment and advertising their services to land, home, and business owners. A contractor may work alone or hire assistants to help with projects. He or she typically meets with clients to plan jobs and negotiate fees. Contractors can work on a variety of projects, including driveways, patios, retaining walls and decorative pieces. Many contractors also perform repair work on old and damaged structures.
Cement powder is commonly made from limestone and clay and is a key ingredient in concrete.
Construction projects are often extremely labor intensive and involve outside work in all kinds of weather conditions. A concrete mason must be physically able to spend several hours walking, bending and using tools. He or she also needs strong reasoning and communication skills to solve problems that occur in the workplace and to work effectively with other construction experts.
A trowel is commonly used for concrete work.
Most concrete masons learn the craft through on-the-job internships, although some choose to enroll in technical school programs to hone their skills and increase their chances of finding steady employment. A new concrete mason will usually assist more experienced workers for several months or years before taking on projects independently. With time and experience, a bricklayer may be able to advance within a company or organization to the role of site supervisor. Most bricklayers who choose to work as contractors do so after gaining several years of experience and building a good reputation in the construction business.