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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Program Number: 50-408-0
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Bricklaying/Masonry Apprentice Careers

Bricklayers build walls and structures using bricks, concrete blocks, and mortar. The work varies in complexity, from laying a simple masonry walkway to installing an ornate exterior on a high-rise building.

Trade tasks include laying of bricks; pointing, cleaning, waterproofing and cutting of brick walls; fireproofing; construction of arches; setting of stone trimmings; cutting, laying and pointing of ashlar, rubble, etc; laying of artificial stone, glass blocks, terracotta and insolations; cutting, laying and pointing of cement blocks and glazed tiles; and erection of precast panels.

Working Conditions
The outdoor work requires prolonged standing, kneeling, squatting, bending and lifting heavy materials weighing 60 to 65 pounds. Physical ability is a very serious consideration, since this is a daily requirement of the job until retirement. Proper safety practices are followed to prevent common hazards with injuries from tools, improper lifting and falls from scaffolds.

3-year training program
4,680 hours of on-the-job training
400 hours of paid related instruction
Apprentice must satisfactorily complete Red Cross First Aid and OSHA Safety Training Courses
Apprentice must in his/her final year satisfactorily complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course
Classroom training includes blueprint reading, mathematics, layout work and sketching.

Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.


Wisconsin Technical College Bricklaying/Masonry Apprentice Programs

Bricklaying/Masonry Apprentice
Madison College Bricklaying/Masonry Apprentice at Madison College
Northeast Masonry Apprenticeship at Northeast