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Becoming a Stone Mason

November 21, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

If you are into stone construction then you will eventually want to become a stone mason. This is a very prestigious career choice for anyone who wants to build and follow a career in construction. It is a perfect job for anyone who loves the outdoors - the sun on your face as well as rain and the elements. You had better like all that because that is what it takes to be a stone mason!

Being a stone mason is a very creative career, it is the center of the industrial industry, both commercial and residential settings. It is also an educated job, a stone mason uses almost all the basic education tracts and then some; mathematics, science and other related subjects such as how simple machines work and even chemistry to a degree.

To become a stone mason you are looking at a long road of hard work. First, you want to take as many maths, science, and engineering classes as you can take. Anything with drafting is also good. Once you graduate from these classes you will be well on your way. Second, don't let your other high school classes falter because you will need your high school diploma and be at least seventeen years of age to move on to training in the field of stone masonry.

Once you are out of school the third thing you need to do is consider where to go for vocational school. This school is like college for stone masons. Once you have your vocational school well under way then you can move on to step 4 which is research. It seems you are always studying when on the way to becoming a stone mason. Look into all your local masonry companies. Look for the companies who take on assistants which means on the job training for you. This will always start small, fetching this, carrying paint, mixing concrete.

However everyone starts at the bottom for number five is looking for places which accept an apprenticeship program. You need to contact your local stone mason union first and inquire about their apprenticeship programs. Once you apply for an apprenticeship program it should only be a matter of weeks before you hear back and are set up with your mentor stone mason.

The last step is the 144 required classroom time and instruction as well as on-the-job training and apprenticeship. Usually this takes anywhere from a year to two years to become a fully fledged mason. It is long road but extremely rewarding in the end.

Claire Jefferies is writing on behalf of Heritage Masonry, who have over 18 years worth of experience in the Stonemasonry and Hard Landscapes trade. They offer a number of services, including barn conversion builders and bridge abutment

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