Restoration Mason

Certificate of Qualification 244H

“This is hard work, but it’s very rewarding because we see the finished product restored to its original state.”

A Restoration Mason (also known as a Steeplejack), is a specialized trade. Steeplejacking is a process where specialists scale, repair, maintain and renovate buildings, chimneys and church steeples – to name a few. Repairs may include but are not limited to masonry brick and stone replacement and repair, general carpentry, painting, and roof repairs.


  • Carry out repairs, maintenance and renovation work on industrial chimneys, power station cooling towers, church spires, castles, high-rise buildings and bridges

  • Restore historical structures to original condition (stone and wood)

  • Assembling ladders and scaffolding, mobile work platforms, traditional harnesses & industrial ropes for abseiling

  • Replace roof glass or repair masonry

  • Paint structures such as bridges, Water Towers

  • Check for damage on buildings after adverse weather such as high winds, as well as prolonged weather damage

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Ability to work at height, outdoors, in all weather

  • Knowledge of math, and construction concepts

  • Ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail

  • Patience and be able to remain calm in stressful situations

Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and commercial construction

  • Heavy and civil engineering construction

  • Self employed workers

Apprenticeship Program

6000 hours, mandatory training prescribed by the local union as required to advance (each term/level)

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)

Journeyperson Wage Rate

$40.35/Hr (2024 Provincial Average)

Did you know?

The earliest possible depiction of a steeplejack is actually from the Bayeux Tapestry (pre 1476 AD!), showing a man holding a weather vane while climbing the steeple of a church.

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