As a bricklayer, you lay bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar. You construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures. 

You may be employed as a subcontractor. 



  • Outdoor work
  • Physical work 
  • Earn while you learn 

A typical day may involve:

  • studying plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
  • erecting scaffolding
  • sealing foundations with damp resistant materials and spreading layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks, using trowels
  • laying bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreading mortar between the joints
  • embedding blocks in mortar
  • checking vertical and horizontal alignment
  • cutting, shaping, and polishing stones and bricks using machines and hand tools
  • repairing bricks, cement blocks and related structures

It helps to be good at:

  • physical tasks 
  • using tools 
  • working at heights 

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Cert III Bricklaying and Blocklaying
  • Apprenticeship

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction 
  • Home improvement 

Related Roles

  • Stonemason

  • Carpenter

  • Plasterer


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