Bricklayer

Bricklayers lay concrete block, brick, pre-cut stone and other materials in the construction or repairing of structures.

What do Bricklayers do on the job?

  • Read blueprints to calculate materials required.
  • Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools.
  • Construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures in residential, industrial and commercial construction.
  • Lay bricks or other masonry units to construct chimneys and fireplaces.
  • May restore, clean or paint existing masonry structures.

Key attributes for people in this trade are manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, the ability to problem solve and think sequentially, and the ability to work at heights. Bricklaying is physically demanding work and requires considerable effort in lifting heavy materials, climbing, bending, kneeling and working on scaffolding.

Experienced bricklayers may advance to supervisory positions for masonry contractors or in other related fields such as construction management, estimating or building inspection.

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