Bricklayers skillfully lay bricks and other masonry materials, constructing walls, buildings and structures with precision and expertise in accordance with architectural plans.

Day-to-day tasks

  • measure work areas and start the first rows of bricks or blocks: figure out how much space is needed and begin the foundation
  • mix mortar by hand or with a machine: prepare the material for holding bricks together
  • use a trowel to lay bricks and mortar: put bricks in place and add mortar to make them stick
  • shape and trim bricks using tools: use hammers, chisels, and power tools to make bricks fit perfectly
  • check that rows are straight: make sure the layers of bricks are even and level using special tools like a spirit level, laser level, or plumb line

Skills and Knowledge

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • physical skills like strength, balance and coordination
  • the ability to organise your time and workload
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Industry Qualifications

If you want to be a bricklayer, you can either start by taking a course at the college in bricklaying or working on the job. Courses can be found at UCM

To go on any construction site on the Isle of Man you are required to hold a Construction IOM Accreditation Card. Find more information here

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