Stonemasons get to use their creativity and analytical mind to craft and cut different types of stones working in a lot of different areas like construction, sculpture, ornamental or heritage and restoration work. Stonemasons work on a large variety of projects and because a lot of work is involved on loud, busy construction sites and around heavy machinery, you will require a certain level of work, health and safety qualifications.
Stonemasons not only create artistic sculptures but also play an important role in repairing and restoring precious sites, engrave statues or tombstones or perhaps carefully cleaning and caring for valuable stones like marble or limestone. Stonemasons use a wide-range of tools, depending on what they chose to specialise in. You will need to learn basic to advanced techniques, from handwork to complex power tools for cutting large slabs of rock. To excel in your craft, you should have a natural passion for stonemasonry, and actively seek out new advancements in technology to help make you even better at your job.
As a stonemason, you must be good at your craft, creatively as well as technically. You must be able to work well with your hands, as well as understand the technical and practical elements of working with different types of stone. The stonemason trade holds a proud history of culture and tradition but remains up-to-date with modern techniques and new technologies, allowing you to be more flexible and effective in your work, whilst still producing high quality products.
Most stonemasonries start out with the same skills and knowledge, by acquiring basic abilities through entry-level courses, which offer practical and theoretical studies. There are a lot of pathways and specialties in this particular craft that are available to you.
It is not mandatory to complete these courses, but highly recommended if you wish to set yourself up as a sought after employee. Most work will require you to obtain a Construction Induction Card, which allows you to safely work in construction sites and around machinery.
Get your career in construction industry started with some entry-level courses.
Work towards an industry recognised qualification to improve your credentials.
Move your career along and pull together a great skills profile to further your career goals. This can be achieved through further study and gaining experience in the field.
Getting your Construction Induction Card is a prerequisite to work in the stone masonry industry in every state and territory in Australia.
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.
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.