Bricklaying Apprenticeship

Work DescriptionBricklayers_at_work

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 insulations; 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 60-65 lbs. The physical ability is a very serious consideration since this is a daily requirement 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 on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • Apprentice must satisfactorily complete Red Cross First Air 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.

You can find more information on the Department of Workforce Development of Wisconsin web page.