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Bricklayers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7281

Bricklayers lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other similar materials to construct or repair walls, arches, chimneys, fireplaces and other structures in accordance with blueprints and specifications. They are employed by construction companies and bricklaying contractors or they may be self-employed.

Job Duties for Bricklayers

  • Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required
  • Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools
  • Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and similar materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures in residential, industrial and commercial construction
  • Lay bricks or other masonry units to build residential or commercial chimneys and fireplaces
  • Lay radial bricks to build masonry shells of industrial chimneys
  • Lay or install firebricks to line industrial chimneys and smokestacks
  • Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations using refractory or acid-resistant bricks, refractory concretes, plastic refractories and other materials
  • Lay bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls or other surfaces
  • Construct and install prefabricated masonry units
  • Lay bricks or other masonry units to build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations
  • May restore, clean or paint existing masonry structures.

Working Conditions for Bricklayers

Work is typically completed outdoors with heavy materials being lifted. Safety equipment and precautions such as hard hats, safety glasses and steel-toed footwear are used to lower the risk of injury. Depending on the project, tasks may be also performed at heights on scaffolding.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Apprentice Bricklayer
  • Apprentice Brickmason
  • Apprentice Mason
  • Artificial Stone Mason
  • Artificial Stone Setter
  • Brick And Stone Mason
  • Brick Chimney Builder
  • Brick Setter
  • Bricklayer
  • Brickmason
  • Chimney Bricklayer
  • Chimney Repair Bricklayer
  • Chimney Repair Stonemason
  • Cinder Block Mason
  • Cinder Block Setter
  • Concrete Block Setter
  • Fire Brick Layer
  • Fire Brick Liner Repairer
  • Fireplace Brickmason
  • Furnace Lining Bricklayer
  • Industrial Furnace Bricklayer
  • Industrial Furnace Brickmason
  • Industrial Oven Brickmason
  • Journeyman/woman Bricklayer
  • Journeyman/woman Brickmason
  • Journeyman/woman Mason
  • Journeyman/woman Stonemason
  • Kiln Repair Bricklayer
  • Ladle Repair Bricklayer
  • Maintenance Bricklayer
  • Masonry Silo Erector
  • Permastone Installer
  • Permastone Mason
  • Refractory Brick Repairer-mason
  • Refractory Bricklayer
  • Refractory Builder
  • Refractory Mason
  • Residential Construction Bricklayer
  • Restoration Stonemason
  • Simulated Stone Mason
  • Simulated Stone Setter
  • Smokestack Bricklayer
  • Stone Setter
  • Stonecutter
  • Stonemason
  • Terra Cotta Mason
  • Apprentice Bricklayer
  • Bricklayer
  • Brickmason
  • Refractory Bricklayer
  • Stonecutter
  • Stonemason
  • Apprentice Brickmason
  • Apprentice Mason
  • Masonry
  • Mason
  • Brick Labourers

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