Bricklayer Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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What Does a Bricklayer Do?

Bricklaying masonry shall consist of the laying of brick made from any materials, in, under or upon any structure or form of work where brick are used, whether in the ground or over its surface, or beneath water, in commercial buildings, rolling mills, iron works, blast or smelter furnaces, lime or brick kilns; in mines for fortifications, and in all underground work; such as, sewers telegraph, electric and telephone conduits, including the installation of substitutes for brick; such as, all carbon materials, Karbate, Impervite, radiation block or mixtures and all acid-chidrine resistant materials. All terra cotta and porcelain materials, except where the foregoing materials are manufactured to substitute for tile. All cutting of joints, pointing, cleaning, and cutting of brick walls, fireproofing, blockarching, terra cotta cutting and setting, the laying and cutting of all tile, plaster, mineral-wool, cork blocks, and glass masonry joints of the same when such sewers or conduits are of any vitreous material, burnt clay or cement, or any substitute materials used for the above purpose, the cutting, rubbing and grinding of all kinds of brick and the setting of all cut stone trimmings on brick buildings, and the removal, preparation and erection of plastic, castables or any refractory materials is bricklayers work.

Cleaning, grouting, pointing, insulating and other work necessary to achieve and complete the work under the foregoing category shall be the work of the bricklayer. All waterproofing and black mastic waterproofing, air and vapor barriers, silicone and/or substitutes sandwiched between masonry units in the interior of the wall, including artificial masonry.


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What Are the Working Conditions?

The outdoor work requires prolonged standing, kneeling, climbing, stopping, squatting, bending and lifting heavy materials weighing 60-65 pounds. The physical activity is a very serious consideration since this is a daily requirement until retirement. Bricklayers must be able to tolerate loud noise, work in confined spaces, at heights, in all weather and high exposed areas, tolerate repetitive reaching, and handling motion.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact in My Area?

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
Madison Area Bricklaying JAC 1602 S Park St
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 259-1151
Fax: (608) 259-1154
Tracy Jallah
Milwaukee Area Bricklaying JAC 17125 W Cleveland Ave
P.O. Box 510741
New Berlin, WI 53151-0741
Phone: (262) 827-1504
Fax: (262) 827-4210
Northwestern WI Area Masonry JAC 2233 Birch Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: (715) 835-5164
Fax: (715) 835-7788

Tri-County Area Trowel Trades JAC 3030 39th Av
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-1680
Dominic Robinson
WI River Valley Area Masonry JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Ben Stahlecker

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the Bricklaying trade in the United States, visit:

Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook

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