Trades & Services

Stonemason

Stonemasons build and repair exterior stone structures, such as walls and piers, cut slabs from artificial stone, and set stone floors.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship

  • Job outlook

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What does a Stonemason do?

Stonemasons build and repair exterior stone structures, such as walls and piers, cut slabs from artificial stone, and set stone floors.

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Work activities

As a stonemason, you might:

  • repair or repoint stonework in old houses or buildings
  • build stone walls
  • repair masonry on monuments
  • carve and repair headstones or memorial statues
  • use hand tools or diamond-blade saws to cut and shape stone
  • create and fit new stonework to window frames or archways
  • carve decorative or ornamental pieces for places such as gardens or fountains
  • cut artificial stone for use in joinery work
  • set stone floors, particularly marble floors
  • work with natural stone including sandstone, limestone, slate, marble and granite, or artificial stone, made from concrete, marble chips, or other masonry materials.
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Key skills and interests

To become a stonemason, you would need:

  • the ability to read building and architectural plans
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • practical skills
  • a high level of numeracy
  • a creative flair for decorative work
  • to be able to visualise how natural stones would fit together
  • good physical fitness and strength.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a stonemason you would normally work a standard number of hours per week, with occasional overtime to meet deadlines.

Conditions

Masonry work is noisy, dusty and physically demanding. It may not suit people with allergies. You may be based in a workshop, or work outside in all types of weather on a building site, or in the natural landscape. You may sometimes need to work at heights on a scaffold.

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How to become an Stonemason?

Entry Level Education

To become a stonemason you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Stonemasonry (Monumental/Installation). Generally employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

In some states, stonemasons may need to hold a valid building contractor's licence or work for someone who does.

Construction workers who work at heights must complete a Work Safely at Heights short course. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). Authorised training is conducted by Registered Training Organisations.

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Job outlook

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Employment of stonemasons is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

This is a small occupation, but there will likely to be some employment growth driven mainly by the growth in popularity of both natural and man-made stone in residential and commercial construction, due to its durability.

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