The work of the modern Bricklayer touches almost all aspects of building industrial and commercial building, apartments and homes. A Bricklayer constructs walls, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys and other structural forms from brick or other masonry materials such as firebrick, concrete, cinder or gypsum block, structural tile, terra cotta, and stone.
They work with any materials put together with mortar using the trowel, chisel, jointer, brick hammer for cutting bricks and power brick cutting saws. They understand and work from blueprints. They also use measuring, leveling and aligning tools to check their work. Much of the work is out of doors and generally depends on suitable weather conditions.
If you enjoy working with your hands, Bricklaying could be for you. Bricklaying requires careful, accurate work by the craftsman. As a bricklayer, your finished product will stand the test of time.
As an apprentice you will earn while you learn. You will start off 50% of what a journey worker makes along with receiving benefits (Medical Insurance and Pensions). The more you learn, the higher your pay will increase until you reach journey worker status. You will also receive an associate’s degree through Ivy Tech Community College. Evidence from the Bureau of Labor & Statistics states the following “Employment of masonry workers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes, and other buildings. Workers with a good job history and with experience in masonry and construction should have the best job opportunities.” Bricklaying is a noble craft that will be utilized for years to come.
For more information:
Bricklayers Local #4 IN/KY
PO Box 10935
Merrillville, IN 46411