Bricklayers prepare and lay brick and other masonry units to construct and repair structures such as walls, partitions, patios, arches, fireplaces and chimneys. Bricklayers work with masonry materials such as brick, concrete block, stone, structural tile and precast panels. They also lay or install fire brick or castable materials in commercial and industrial furnaces and incinerators, and acid tile and acid brick in pulp mills.
In general, bricklayers:
Interpret drawings and blueprints, and calculate the materials required
Measure from an established starting point and construct corners first, using a plumb line and mason’s level to ensure each layer will be level from corner to corner
Spread mortar over the base or previous layer, spread more mortar on one end of each brick to be laid, and lay the bricks into position
Remove excess mortar after the brick (or other masonry material) is in position
Use a hammer and chisel or a masonry saw to cut bricks to fit, as required
Bricklayers must know the properties of various mortars and other bonding materials, and how to handle different types of masonry units.
Bricklayers usually work outdoors, often on scaffolding. They sometimes use protective enclosures and portable heaters in adverse weather conditions. The work is physically demanding, and some travel may be required to get to various work sites. Bricklayers work a five-day, 40-hour week. Overtime is sometimes required to meet construction schedules.
Project: Suncor / Syncrude
Shift: 10 hour shift – Days/Nights
Fort McMurray Pay Rate: $48.42
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