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Career Area: Architecture and Construction
Apprenticeship
Program Number: 50-408-1
Credit Program
Students laying and leveling brick wall

Students working on the assembly of a brick wall.

Prerequisites

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 and 17 years of age with parental/guardian consent
Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
Physically able to perform trade
Valid driver's license or reliable transportation

Bricklaying/Masonry 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 insulations; cutting, laying and pointing of cement blocks and glazed tiles; and erection of precast panels.

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Average Median Wage

$57396

Description

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, water-proofing 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 terra cotta and insulation; cutting, laying and pointing of cement blocks and glazed tiles; and erection of precast panels.

Details and Requirements

3-year training
4,280 hours
400 hours paid instruction
Additional related instruction may be required
Classroom training includes blueprint reading, mathematics, layout work and sketching

Apprenticeship Information

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.

Wisconsin Technical College Bricklaying/Masonry Programs