Bricklayer 1 apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Bricklayer I

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Bricklayer 1

DOT code: 861.381-018.

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Lays building materials, such as brick, structural tile, and concrete cinder, glass, gypsum, and terra cotta block (except stone) to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures: Measures distance from reference points and marks guidelines on working surface to lay out work. Spreads soft bed (layer) of mortar that serves as base and binder for block, using trowel. Applies mortar to end of block and positions block in mortar bed. Taps block with trowel to level, align, and embed in mortar, allowing specified thickness of joint. Removes excess mortar from face of block, using trowel. Finishes mortar between brick with pointing tool or trowel. Breaks bricks to fit spaces too small for whole brick, using edge of trowel or brick hammer. Determines vertical and horizontal alignment of courses, using plumb bob, gaugeline (tightly stretched cord), and level. Fastens brick or terra cotta veneer to face of structures, with tie wires embedded in mortar between bricks, or in anchor holes in veneer brick. May weld metal parts to steel structural members.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Laying of bricks 3000
B. Laying of stones 800
C. Pointing, cleaning, caulking 700
D. Laying of building units 1000
E. Fireproofing 250
F. Care and use of tools and equipment 250
  (Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 6000
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Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. A listing of instruction topics for this trade can be accessed by clicking on the work process folder shown above. For additional information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

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