Female bricklayer preparing to lay bricks on the wall of a new house

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.

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.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate
Apprenticeships may be available

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.

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