What a bricklayer does

The work of a modern bricklayer touches almost all aspects of building- industrial and commercial buildings, apartments and homes. A bricklayer constructs walls, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys and other structural forms from brick or other masonry materials such as firebricks, concrete, cinder or gypsum block, structural tile and terra cotta. The bricklayer works with any materials put together with mortar, using the trowel, chisel, jointer, brick hammer for cutting bricks, and power brick-cutting saws. Since bricklaying requires careful, accurate work, this tradesperson must work from blueprints. The bricklayer also uses measuring, leveling, and aligning tools to check on the work performed.

Working conditions

Much of the bricklayer's work is outdoors and generally depends on suitable weather conditions. Modern construction methods, along with heaters and plastic enclosures, stretch the season for bricklaying construction, making it less dependent on good weather. Bricklayers are on their feet all day, and they do considerable stooping and bending. At times, work is done from scaffolding that may be high above the ground.

General qualifications

  • Age - Minimum age is 18 years old.
  • Education - High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Good physical condition - Must be able to perform work of the trade.

Admission requirements

  • Birth certificate.
  • Transcript of high school records and diploma.
  • General aptitude test - Administered by the Indiana State Employment Service at the nearest location for the applicant.
  • Personal interview.

Terms of apprenticeship training

  • Length of program - 4 years.
  • Related training - Minimum of 144 hours per year of classroom instruction.
  • Classes are daytime, once every other week.

Recommended high school courses

  • General math.
  • Drafting.
  • Mechanical drawing.
  • General science.