A bricklayer is also referred to as a "brickie". A bricklayer's job is to read and work from plans, working with bricks, concrete and other materials to build houses, walls, repair walls, arches and other structures.
They can be employed in an organisation, work as a subcontractor or self-employed spending most of their time outdoors on construction sites and sometimes work at heights, wearing protective equipment.
A bricklaying job involves heavy lifting and standing for a long period of time which requires a good level of fitness. It is important that brickies can follow instructions and can work as part of a team, and for tradesman's be good at giving instructions, and make sure occupational health and safety is followed.
Becoming a tradesman in bricklaying opens many doors in the building and construction industry. Bricklayers can choose to specialise in a specific area including refractory work.
Some responsibilities of a bricklayer include making sure the bricks are laid evenly and accurately, mix mortar, repair and maintain bricks and build in door and window frames and make the walls waterproof.
Skills to be a good bricklayer include, good attention to detail, good hand and eye coordination and practical skills. They also love hands on work and are not afraid of getting their hands dirty and are comfortable using tools.