A bricklayer specialises in materials in mortar; such as clay bricks and concrete blocks. These are used for a vast range of constructions, for example, arches, partitions and of course entire buildings such as houses or hospitals. A bricklayer will also work on repairs of such constructions in the instance of the veneer or foundations requiring maintenance. Working machinery, such as brick cutters, may also be required as well as erecting scaffolding and working off plans and specifications.
As with many trades, the beginning of becoming a bricklayer involves completing a four year apprenticeship. During this time the student bricklayer will learn practical work experience paired with theoretical knowledge of the trade. Successful completion of an apprenticeship will result in receiving the trade certificate qualification and the freedom to work as a bricklayer.
The physical nature of a Bricklayers daily tasks means that there is a fair risk of a workplace injury. It is important to use safety gear while completing hands on work to avoid sustaining workplace injuries.
Bricklayer score a 4/5 risk rating
Many union job, including bricklaying, require "new hire drug tests" and random testing following that. An employer should mention this in the hiring process if the company implements testing. Drug testing for bricklayers is to ensure a safe working environment and mostly to prevent short and long term workplace injuries. Mandatory drug testing for workers on all construction sites in Australia is a future possibility due to a marked increase in usage.
On average an Australian bricklayer will lay 300-500 bricks per day. This number is lower than many may estimate due to the complexity of the job paired with weather conditions limiting workload.
Although moderately affected by experience, the average bricklayer salary in Australia falls between $40,813-$84,027. The median salary is currently $53,529.
Bricklaying opens up a wide range of career paths within the construction industry. You may wish to start your own bricklaying business or work for a well established company. Additional complementary qualifications offer another realm of options, such as project management, construction management or owning a building company.
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