Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayer

Lay firebricks and refractory tiles.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayers do?

Lays firebrick and refractory tile to build, rebuild, reline, or patch high-temperature or heating equipment, such as boilers, ovens, furnaces, converters, cupolas, ladles, and soaking pits, according to job orders and blueprints: Lays out work, using chalklines, plumb bobs, tapes, squares, and levels. Calculates angles and courses for building walls, arches, columns, corners, and bottoms. Removes burned or damaged brick and cleans surface of setting, using sledgehammer, pry bar, pneumatic chipping gun, scraper, and wire brush. Cuts brick to size, using brick hammer or powered abrasive saw. Spreads fire-clay mortar over brick with trowel and lays brick in place. Spreads or sprays refractories over exposed bricks to protect bricks against deterioration by heat, using trowel or spray gun. Positions or bends special frame or hanger over casings to lay arches. Cuts, notches, or drills openings to provide outlets, pyrometer mountings, brackets, and heating elements, using handtools. Patches or replaces firebrick linings of ladles and furnace tap holes. Constructs refractory forms for controlling quantity and flow of molten materials from furnace to rolling machines. May replace bolts, brackets, and heating elements, repair coke oven doors, weld cracks or holes in shell, or perform other repairs. May pack insulation into shells and frames to insulate heating equipment, such as furnaces, boilers, and ovens. May be designated according to structure worked on as Bessemer-Bottom Maker; Coke-Oven Mason; Door Repairer; Furnace Mason; Lip-And-Gate Builder; Open-Hearth Door-Liner; Vessel Liner. When specializing in repair and replacement of firebrick and refractory tile in casings or linings of equipment, is designated Firebrick-And-Refractory Tile Repairer.

Should I be a Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Bessemer-Bottom Maker, Bricklayer, Firebrick and Refractory Tile, Firebrick-And-Refractory Tile Repairer See More

    How to Become a
    Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayer

    Most Firebrick and Refractory Tile Bricklayers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kabaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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