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.
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.
Classroom training includes blueprint reading, mathematics, layout work, and sketching.