For a structural engineering project to be successful, you need to work with competent masons. It is the masons who do the actual construction work. Structural engineers and other high level experts who are involved in structural engineering projects only issue instructions on what needs to be done. It is the masons (and other low level artisans) who actually implement the instructions. Therefore in the absence of competent masons, it is possible to end up with a structural engineering project that has major faults. Alternatively, in the absence of good masons, a structural engineering project can end up being delayed in a massive way: as poorly built sections keep on being demolished and rebuilt. One always has to remember that it is the masons who are responsible for proper implementation of structural designs. It therefore follows that a lot of care needs to be taken, when recruiting masons to work in a structural engineering project.
A contractor can opt to recruit the masons to work in a structural engineering project directly. This may be a question of putting up adverts, indicating that one is looking for masons – and giving a phone number or an email through which interested candidates can apply. Alternatively, a contractor can opt to recruit the masons to work in a structural engineering project through an agency. In this case, the whole thing would amount to outsourcing the task. Just as some contractors are known to outsource payroll accounting to companies like Securitas (through the Securitasepay system) so can a contractor opt to outsource the recruitment of masons. Best practice in business nowadays is to focus on one’s core functions and outsource the rest.
Whichever method one opts to use in recruiting masons to work in a structural engineering project, the most important thing is to ensure that the masons who are recruited are truly competent. To ascertain competence, you have to look at their qualifications. You may also need to look at their experience, and their track records with prior employers. Sometimes, it may be necessary to subject them to a written test, as well as a practical test, just to be sure that you have the right people, before hiring.