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Stonemason

Summary of occupation

Stonemasons cut and shape a range of hard and soft blocks in materials such as granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, bluestone and slate to produce stone monuments and structures. They make kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities, or may specialise in commercial stone facades, architectural features such as fireplaces and window frames, or ornamental garden pieces. They may also repair and maintain historical monuments or buildings.

ANZSCO description:

Cuts and shapes hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs to construct and renovate stone structures and monumental masonry. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names:

Construction mason, Finisher, Letter cutter, Stone fixer, Stonemason – machinist

Specialisations:
Job Prospects:

Average

Common Industrial Instrument (award)

MA0000020 Construction Industry Award

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

A stonemason needs:

  • to be able to understand and interpret technical drawings and plans
  • the ability to work accurately with attention to detail
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • to enjoy practical work
  • a high level of physical fitness
  • to work well as part of a team.

Working Conditions

Stonemasons work both indoors in manufacturing workshops or factories, and outdoors on residential, commercial and historical buildings. Stone workshops and factories are well ventilated spaces. Stonemasons may be required to work at heights on scaffolding and are required to follow proper workplace safety standards, which minimises any associated risks. They may work overtime or on weekends, depending on the project requirements.

Qualified Salary Details

On average, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics can expect to make between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

Many stonemasons are self-employed and/or work as part of a team as an individual sub- contractor. Earnings for sub-contractors or small business operators will depend on their level of skill and experience, the level of demand for their services, as well as the amount of work completed.

Tools and Technologies

Stonemasons interpret blueprints to plan the materials required, and use a range of equipment such as planing machines, gang saws, diamond circular saws and polishers to split, shape and polish stone products. They work from templates and use a variety of chisels, punches and hammers to cut and carve ornamental masonry.

Education and Training/Entrance Requirements

To become a stonemason you need to complete an apprenticeship. The stonemason (monumental) and stonemason (restoration) apprenticeships usually take 48 months to complete and are available as school-based apprenticeships.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a “white card”).

Recognition of Prior Learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non- formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.