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
Institutional and commercial construction
Heavy and civil engineering construction
Self employed workers
6000 hours, mandatory training prescribed by the local union as required to advance (each term/level)
Grade 12 Diploma preferred (Grade 10 minimum)
Journeyperson Wage Rate
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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