Hand Coper

Cut rough-sawed slabs of stone into blocks used for capping of bricks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Copers do?

Cuts rough-sawed slabs of stone, using pneumatic hammer, into blocks used for capping of brick or stone walls: Measures and marks slab according to specifications, using square, rule, straightedge, chalk, or crayon. Selects cutting chisel and inserts it into pneumatic hammer. Chips slab along markings with pneumatic hammer to form breaking groove. Inserts coping tool in groove and taps it to break stone, using hammer or mallet. May turn slab and cut groove in opposite side to facilitate breaking. May smooth edges of broken stones, using chisels and mallet. May smooth edges of broken stones, using grinder.


Should I be a Hand Coper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Block Chopper, Hand, Coper, Hand, Marble Coper

    How to become a Hand Coper

    Most Hand Copers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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