What being a Bricklayer is about

A Bricklayers job is to lay brick, cinder or gypsum block, stone and similar materials to build or repair walls, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures in accordance to blueprints and specifications.   Bricklayers first spread a layer of soft mortar using their trowel, carefully position the brick or block into place, and then remove the excess mortar with their trowel.  They check their work using measuring, leveling and aligning tools.  The majority of the work is outside, often on scaffolding which may be high above the ground, and is dependent on suitable weather conditions.  However, in adverse weather, heated plastic enclosures help extend the season for bricklaying construction making it less weather dependent. 

General Qualifications

  • Age 18 or older
  • Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass drug screen
  • Good physical condition
  • Recommended High School Classes: General Math, Algebra I, Geometry, Mechanical Drawing
  • Good eyesight, attention to detail, and no fear of working at great heights

Bricklayer Apprenticeship Program

  • Applicant may be required to furnish a statement of physical condition
  • Applicant must provide High School Diploma or GED, official transcript, copy of birth certificate, and three signed letters of references.
  • Length of Indentureship (Apprenticeship): 4 years
  • Minimum hours of related classroom training: 144 hours/year
  • Indentured into the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and assigned to a local union.
  • Length of propationary period: 6 months

How to Apply

  • Applications are available online and will be reviewed periodically by the JATC. 

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