Bricklaying is a form of masonry, which refers to constructing or building something using individual units (such as bricks, concrete, mortar, cinderblocks, etc.). A bricklayer (“brickie” as they’re affectionately known in some parts of the world) is unique, because he or she is expected to do a bit more than simple bricklaying.
The following are some examples of what a bricklayer will be expected to do on a regular basis:
- Repair and/or replace existing brick: This is a given, but a bricklayer is the most qualified person for this task, and they can be trusted to do it delicately without compromising the overall structure of the building or section.
- Rig mobile and/or stationary scaffolding: Depending on the scale and requirements of the project, a bricklayer might be asked to set up proper scaffolding in order to accommodate the rest of the crew and the project’s overall benefit.
- Welding: Some basic skills in welding might be necessary for larger scale projects. Most crews and companies will, in fact, include basic knowledge of welding in a bricklayer’s job description.
- Mixing: The mixing of mortar, cement, and other materials will be expected of the average bricklayer, and it will actually be a part of any test before a bricklayer can receive his/her certification.
As you can see, a bricklayer can and will be tasked with a variety of different duties, which creates a lot of different job opportunities for a professional bricklayer.
Bricklayers have the benefit of being qualified to do various jobs in the construction or building industry, and they normally range through different levels of complexity and difficulty.
- Chimney Repair/Construction: A classic example of a bricklaying job. The majority of chimneys – old and new – remain primarily brick-based, which creates a constant demand for bricklayers. As such, a bricklayer should be comfortable, and accustomed to repairing, maintaining, and constructing a chimney.
- Sidewalk/Driveways: To reiterate, bricklaying also involves some degree of stonemasonry – the laying of stone, to be exact. Therefore, constructing sidewalks, driveways, or anything that involves laying stone may – in fact – be done by a professional bricklayer.
- Fireproofing: Reinforcing walls or floors with a layer of stone, brick, or other materials is also another job which frequently employs bricklayers. Of course, it’s not a guarantee that every bricklayer will be experienced in doing this, but that can be solved with a simple inquiry before the signing of any contract or agreement.
A competent bricklayer will rarely be in need of work, but when hiring a bricklayer, the client should confirm that the candidate is – in fact – well versed in all the different tasks that the project requires. As long as the client does his/her due diligence, the project should go off without a hitch.