Bricklayers (NOC 7281)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

Nature of work

Bricklayers lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other similar materials to construct or repair walls, arches, chimneys, fireplaces and other structures in accordance with blueprints and specifications. They are employed by construction companies and bricklaying contractors or they may be self-employed.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Bricklayers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required
  • - Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools
  • - Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and similar materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures in residential, industrial and commercial construction
  • - Lay bricks or other masonry units to build residential or commercial chimneys and fireplaces
  • - Lay radial bricks to build masonry shells of industrial chimneys
  • - Lay or install firebricks to line industrial chimneys and smokestacks
  • - Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations using refractory or acid-resistant bricks, refractory concretes, plastic refractories and other materials
  • - Lay bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls or other surfaces
  • - Construct and install prefabricated masonry units
  • - Lay bricks or other masonry units to build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations
  • - May restore, clean or paint existing masonry structures.

Main characteristics of the occupation

These headings are provided for the following occupation(s) :

Bricklayers (NOC 7281)

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in bricklaying is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification for bricklayers is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Yukon.
  • * Trade certification for stonemasons is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • * Trade certification for restoration stone masons is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified bricklayers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.