917 Bacon St. Erie, PA 16511

Refractory Bricklayer

Refractory Bricklayer

Job Summary

The Refractory Bricklayer will be responsible for tearing out and installing refractory in customer equipment. The bricklayer must maintain quality workmanship during the process to ensure that the job scope is completed. The bricklayer must be able to work with the Onex team: engineering, fabrication, electric/controls, administration departments to complete jobs in the field and the shop.



  • Promote and engage in a safe work environment
  • Report safety incidents
  • Display good housekeeping in work areas
  • Ensure adherence to OSHA and Onex safety policies

     Work Tasks

  • Read and understand blueprints
  • Use and maintain refractory tools and equipment
  • Tear out refractory masonry
  • Lay refractory bricks
  • Install poured castables
  • Install gunnable castables and shotcrete
  • Weld metallic anchors
  • Install refractory material by plastic ramming
  • Identify areas of cost savings and improve efficiency

     Planning and Scheduling

  • Communicate with Foreman to ensure there is a detailed scope of work
  • Prepare equipment lists and submit them for packing and shipment


  • Complete work in a timely manner with proper crew size and skill
  • Work to overcome challenges to keep the job on schedule
  • Report daily progress to foreman
  • Identify ways to improve efficiency


  • Accurate and reliable with the quality of work results
  • Ensure job scope was completed
  • Ensure proper installation techniques were used
  • Onsite assessment prior to commencing work to ensure all equipment and material have arrived, and address any concerns

     Client Interface

  • Develop, direct, and perform preventative maintenance programs for customers
  • Communicate effectively with the client
  • Obtain written authorization for change orders
  • Ensure change order billing is communicated to salesman and sales support
  • Obtain written sign-offs from clients on all jobs


  • Complete required reports and turn them in on time (i.e. contracted work order signed by client, change orders signed by client, daily timesheet, photos of credit card receipts, weekly toolbox safety talks, broken equipment report, material returns, new hire forms, safety incident report, communication with foreman on progress daily)

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Others


  • OSHA 10 Hour Course
  • Read plans and blueprints
  • Tools:
    • Pneumatic tearout equipment, gunnite machine, shotcrete machine, welder, ramming gun


  • Problem Solving
    • Finding solutions to difficult or complex issues.
  • Administrative Skill
    • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Responsibilities, Information Ordering.
  • Multi-Tasking
    • Deal with more than one task at the same time.
  • Social Perceptiveness
    • Awareness and understanding of others’ reactions.
  • Monitoring
    • Assessing performance and conduct of self, other individuals to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening
    • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Time Management
    • Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Collaboration
    • Working well together with others.
  • Resource Utilization
    • The ability to effectively to use the available resources, including equipment and personnel to meet objectives.
  • Customer Service
    • Supporting customers through the process of selecting, purchasing, and maintaining a product or service.


  • Oral Comprehension and Expression
    • The ability to speak with and listen to others, and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension and Expression
    • The ability to write and read, speak and listen to, and understand information and ideas presented through written words and sentences.
  • Detail-Oriented
    • Careful about details, concise and thorough in performance.
  • Numerical Ability
    • Utilize basic calculations effectively, mathematical reasoning and formulas to solve problems based on numerical data.

     Physical Requirements

  • Respirator Fit Testing
  • Requires moving one’s whole body such as climbing, lifting, kneeling, balancing, walking, stooping and bending
  • Activities often require considerable use and coordination of the arms, hands, fingers and legs such as the physical handling of equipment and materials
  • Requires stamina to physical exertion over long periods of time
  • Must be able to move or handle equipment and materials generally weighing up to 100 pounds
  • Subject to random drug testing
  • Wear PPE in field environment


  • Respect for Others
    • Willing to treat other people politely and professionally, even if they disagree with the other person’s point of view.
  • Infectious Enthusiasm
    • Approach every situation, positive or negative, as a challenge and an opportunity.
  • Commitment to the Job
    • A willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill the duties of their positions and via the development of new ideas to make the company even better.
  • Innovative Ideas
    • Think outside of the box and innovate new ways to accomplish existing tasks and approach goals.
  • Helpfulness
    • Assisting clients and customers with their needs or helping co-workers accomplish overall company goals.
  • Acts with Integrity
    • Follow your moral or ethical convictions and doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
  • Attention to Detail
    • Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task. Provides accurate, consistent numbers on all paperwork.


  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship with bricklaying union
  • OSHA 10 Hour Training
  • Valid US Driver’s License

Work Environment

  • Frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions, risk of electrical shock, vibration, and high temperatures.
  • Noise level in the work site is usually loud.