What is a mason tender?

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A mason tender is a worker who helps brickmasons and stonemasons complete their work by performing the tasks that require less advanced skills. Mason tenders may, for example, hold materials for a stonemason or clean his work area. Other duties include mixing grout, transporting materials, cutting materials to specific sizes and erecting scaffolding for building projects.

Mason tenders are employed in a variety of masonry fields and may work under marble setters, tile setters, blockmasons, stonemasons and other specialized crafters. They are essentially helpers for these tradesmen. Depending on the field in which a mason tender works, he may be tasked with mixing, grinding, polishing and cleaning surfaces, applying grout between bricks or tiles, moving materials like marble slabs using cranes, or removing old brick or stone from a structure.

According to MyMajors.com, a successful mason tender must possess certain skills and abilities. He must be capable of moving heavy objects and materials and of controlling the machines used to move the heaviest of these items. Mason tenders must also be capable of gathering information, identifying objects and materials, planning and prioritizing their work and communicating effectively with supervisors. A good mason tender is also able to provide personal assistance and basic medical support in emergency situations.

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