Nature of the Job:
Bricklayers are responsible for setting up and repairing bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other masonry units during the construction and repair of a structure like walls, partitions, patios, arches, paving, fireplaces, smokestacks and chimneys. They are also in charge in the installation of firebrick in commercial and industrial furnaces and incinerators
The duties of a bricklayer include the following:
- Lay bricks, stone and other masonry units in building chimneys and fireplaces, patios, walls or walkways in both commercial and industrial infrastructures.
- Read and interpret the sketches and blueprints.
- Install firebricks in chimneys and other furnaces and incinerators.
- Cut and trim bricks using hammers or chisels or masonry saws and other hand and power tools
- Lining or relining furnaces and boilers, kilns and similar installations using acid-resistant bricks, concretes, plastics or other materials
- Restoring, cleaning or painting existing brick structures
Education and Training Requirements:
- At least vocational diploma/short course certificate
- At least 2 years experience
- Must have Certificate or Diploma or Apprenticeship
Skills and Competency Requirements:
- Must be able to communicate in English
- Can read and interpret drawings and blueprints
- Can work manually or with hand and power tools
- Knowledge with the properties of various mortars and other bonding materials and applies the knowledge in different projects
- Can work independently or with other construction crew
- Ability to solve problems with the use of various materials and methods
Construction companies and bricklaying contractors usually hire bricklayers but they can also be self-employed. The job of a bricklayer is mostly done outdoors and may be required to travel to other work sites. This requires good working relationship with co-workers since bricklayers need to work with other construction professionals. Bricklayers may be employed in:
- exterior construction firms
- residential building developers
- building construction firms
- primary steel producers
- construction contractors
The standard workweek for bricklayers is 8 hours a day. During peak season, they may be required to work overtime to meet the deadline.
With considerable experience and additional training, bricklayer may advance to more senior positions such as foreman, bricklaying estimator or inspector.