Bricklayer

Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures.

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    Overview

    Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures.

    Day-to-day

    • studies plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
    • erects scaffolding
    • seals foundations with damp resistant materials and spreads layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks, using trowels
    • lays bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreads mortar between the joints
    • embeds blocks in mortar and removes excess mortar
    • checks vertical and horizontal alignment
    • cuts, shapes, and polishes stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shapes bricks to fit irregular spaces
    • repairs and maintains bricks, cement blocks and related structures.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding
    • Requires driving
    • Working outdoors

    To become a Bricklayer

    • You can work as a Bricklayer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in bricklaying/blocklaying is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

      Take a Certificate III in Bricklaying/Block laying

    • Registration or licencing may be required.

    Skills employers are looking for

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