Is masonry right for you? Hayward Field worker talks pay, training and more

If you want to be a mason, all you need is a good work ethic and a willingness to learn, one mason told KEZI 9 News.

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 5:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- If you take a 10 minute drive through Eugene, you'll see a handful of construction projects going on -- maybe the most noticeable being Hayward Field.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Phillip Russo, a mason working on that project.


Russo is a mason with the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and is a third-generation mason himself.

He said a huge misconception about his line of work is that it takes no education and little skill to be successful.

Similar to a four-year university, Russo needed to complete a four-year construction degree, linked through a community college. And he was able to get on-the-job training and pay.

"We have scheduled school,” said Russo. “It's about a week at a time, like three times a year, and there's other smaller classes we take in between. Most of it's on-the-job training with other craftsmen guiding you, knowing that you're there to learn."

Russo said you only need to be 18 to begin the process of becoming a mason, and the pay is great.

At the very beginning of your training, you make close to $20 an hour, Russo said, and as you advance, you could see upwards of $40 an hour.

All you need to be successful in the masonry industry is a hard work ethic and willingness to learn, he added.

KEZI 9 News partners with employers in our area to address the lack of workers for skilled jobs. To learn more about our “Skilled to Work” initiative, click here.

Article Comments

Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 55°
54° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 54°
Broken Clouds
53° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 53°
North Bend
Scattered Clouds
54° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 54°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner


Community Events