What Is Bricklaying And What Does It Entail?

Bricklaying is a hands-on skill that takes intensive labor. At this point and time, it would be hard to imagine this job every being automated and handed over to robots. A bricklayer, aka mason, builds or repairs existing structures and walls. They use a variety of bricks in colors, grades, and sizes. They also use other materials such as concrete cinders, firebricks, structural tiles, and mortar.

Some types of structures that a bricklayer, aka a mason, may construct using these materials would be:

  • Archways
  • Chimneys
  • Fireplaces
  • Industrial Furnaces
  • Patios
  • Tunnel linings
  • Walls, including ornamental walls
  • Walkways

Bricklayers and masons possess vital skills that enable them to effectively build and repair brick or stone structures. It isn’t just a matter of slapping some mortar on a surface and sticking the brick to it. They must be able to read and interpret blueprints and documents, analyze the situation, be good with calculations and have strong problem solving as well as organizational skills.

A bricklayer or a mason are hands-on people that are good with precision tools and they have the ability to be precise with the proportions they are given to work with.  Meaning, how many bricks are needed for a job and how much mortar will it take.

While architects, designers, and engineers determine the position of walls during a construction project, the bricklayer and mason are the ones that build the walls. It is their responsibility to assure the walls are level and straight.