Stonemasons, also referred to as Bricklayers, build or restore stone structures such as walls, arches and piers. They also lay walks and curbs.

Duties and tasks

  • Cuts and shapes stones using machinery and hand tools
  • Digs trenches for foundations of structures
  • Mixes mortar or grout for foundation of structures
  • Repairs chipped or cracked stones
  • Sets horizontal and vertical alignment of structures
  • Sets stone in place according to specifications
  • Studies work orders to determine materials needed

Skills required

  • Able to interpret work orders accurately
  • Able to read blueprints and technical drawings
  • Excellent math skills
  • Good stamina
  • Willing to travel

Working conditions

Stonemasons usually work outdoors in all types of weather for long hours at a time. At least one third of Stonemasons are self-employed and are contracted for jobs. Being a Stonemason is physically demanding; a person must be able to kneel, bend and stand for long periods of time.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation 

Construction Training Fund 

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Bricklayers Assistant
  • Builder
  • Carpenter
  • Concreter
  • Construction Worker
  • Plasterer