How to Become a Bricklayer
Bricklayer Job Duties
Skills and Qualities Needed to Become a Bricklayer
Bricklayer Salaries
Influential Bricklayers
Leading Organizations in Bricklayer Field
Top Cities for Bricklayer Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Bricklayer

Bricklayers (or brick masons, stone masons or block masons) have a highly traditional pathway to becoming professionals, moving through a series of levels, from apprentice to master. In Europe, these levels are fairly strict and closely overseen by seasoned tradesmen and associations. In the US, however, this structure has become much more casual but still starts with apprentice. Technical and specific masonry schools also provide entry level applicants with a starting place. After formal education or a period of apprenticeship, experience is the key to upward movement and advancement.

What does a Bricklayer do?

Bricklayers (or brick masons, stone masons or block masons) work on the parts of building construction that have to do with setting bricks or stones in a mortar of some kind. This can range from a simple walk-way to a complex exterior building design. Some bricklayers specialize in a certain type of structure, like certain types of residential or commercial stonework structures. Some also specialize in concrete and cement. Bricklayers are not only responsible for making sure the stones/bricks are in place, but they also need to make sure the final touches and details are also right, usually involving other fillers like calk or trimming mortar or stones/bricks into attractive finishes.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Bricklayer?

Of course, one must be skilled with one's hands. The art and science of bricklaying is not as simple as it seems and sometimes requires extensive planning and always requires a great deal of preparation. Thus, a desire to do the correctly and precisely are key to an ideal employee. There are also safety hazards and physical challenges to consider in this line of work. Although this is not a skill or quality, it is also important to note that sometimes this profession suffers in times of slow or reduced development in areas.

How much do Bricklayers make?

In 2007, the wage range for these workers was between $26,000 - $70,000. Contractors employed the largest number of bricklayers by far.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Kirk Pickerel is the president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc (ABC), and Todd Mann is the Chief Operating Officer.

John J. Flynn is the president of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC).

The President of the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is Tom Daniel. Mackie Bounds is the vice president of the association.

The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is Steve Halverson, preceded by Mark Small.

Richard Jennison is the president of the Brick Industry Association (BIA), and Joseph Casper is the vice president.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc (ABC) represents construction-related professionals in the United States.

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) represents bricklayers, marble and stone masons, tilesetters, plasterers, and other so-called "trowel trade" workers.

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) National Training Center has educational opportunities for bricklayers and masons.

The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is a trade association for masonry professionals.

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) provides construction curricula, and helps develop training programs for bricklayers and other construction professionals.

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America is another trade association for construction professionals.

Brick Industry Association (BIA) is an association for the manufacturers and distributors of bricks. Their mission is to promote and protect the clay brick market.

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) is an association for those professionals in the concrete masonry field, a field related to bricklaying.

What are the top cities for Bricklayer jobs?

Career opportunities in this area seem to be evenly distributed throughout US cities and states. Obviously, areas of the country where a lot of construction is underway are ideal locations. This does fluctuate widely however from year to year.

The top city for bricklayer jobs is Cincinnati, Ohio. The second city for bricklayers looking for work is Lansing, Michigan, with Reno, Nevada in a close third. In fourth place in the list of top cities for bricklayers looking for work in the United States is Wilmington, Delaware.

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