What does a stonemason do?

Stonemasons are skilled craftsmen who deal primarily in cutting and shaping stone for use across various artistic, structural and preservation purposes. Stonemasons, depending on their specialisations, may perform duties like: preserving and repairing damaged stonework on old buildings or historical sites; engraving, polishing and cleaning; and more creative undertakings such as sculpture work. Stonemasons are also required to keep up to date with technological advancements and heritage restoration guidelines applicable to their craft. They use a range of hand and power tools to complete their work and often work in noisy environments.

Tasks:

  • Cutting, shaping and transporting stone
  • Technical drawing
  • Cutting and laying stone paving
  • Engraving on stone
  • Repairing facades of buildings

What skills do I need to be a stonemason?

Stonemasons require a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the craft, not only knowing in great detail what is involved in all facets of masonry work, but also being able to meet the demanding physical requirements of the job. Although it is an industry with a profound sense of tradition, stonemasons are constantly required to keep abreast of advancements in the field, this requires the ability to learn, adapt and change quite frequently.
Skills/attributes
  • Meeting the physical demands of the job
  • Ability to pick up new skills quickly
  • Have a love of working with your hands
  • Enjoy physically laborious work

Specialisations

After obtaining the fundamental skills required to work within this industry, a stonemason will find that there are many career paths they are eligible for. As stonemasonry has many aspects to it, you can choose a career that emphasises your personal strengths and interests.

Engraver

Engravers carve letters or symbols into stone. They are often contracted to fulfil a speciality service by an individual or company, working most frequently in monumental masonry in cemeteries and memorials. Engravers may put epitaphs on tombstones, historical information on heritage building facades or decorative designs on a residential or commercial property. Engravers use a combination of hand chisels, power tools and laser engravers to complete their work.

Banker Masons

Banker masons generally tend to work with stone for the purposes of larger constructions. Banker masons measures, cuts and delivers stone needed for large construction projects and building restorations. They are able to read detailed architectural plans, ensuring they are providing blocks to the correct dimensions and in a material appropriate for the application.

Carver Masons

Carver masons work in an area of stonemasonry that is considered to be more artistic than other specialisations. Working either on commission or on spec, a carver mason is called on to create a structure with some artistic merit such as a water fountain, religious icon and sculptural work.

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Although not a prerequisite, there are courses that can help you get a head start in the stonemasonry industry. Obtaining a Construction Induction Card is a must for work on building sites.

Getting Started

Entry-level courses are available to give you that head start in the construction industry you’re looking for.

Skill Building

Work towards an industry recognised qualification to improve your credentials

Professional Development

Move your career along and pull together a great skills profile to further your career goals

Industry Recognition

Getting your Construction Induction Card is a prerequisite to work in the stone masonry industry in every state and territory in Australia

Getting a job after graduation

Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your stonemasonry career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.

Job Prospects and Salaries

There is expected to be a slight growth in stonemason employment rates over the next five years with an average level of job opportunities opening up.