Bricklayers work with masonry materials such as brick, concrete block, stone, structural tile and pre-cast panels to construct and repair structures like walls, partitions, patios, arches, fireplaces, chimneys and other elements. They often work on commercial, industrial and residential buildings.


  • Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, structural tiles or other masonry units
  • Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required
  • Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools
  • Build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations
  • Lay or install firebricks to line industrial chimneys and smokestacks
  • Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Apprenticeship Program:

3 years from Red River College that includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. As an apprentice, you also earn while you learn.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Reading, communication, numeracy and problem-solving
  • Ability to work with your hands
  • Ability to work outdoors in diverse weather
  • Physical fitness
  • Ability to work with heavy materials
  • Experience using precision tools & equipment

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Hourly Pay

$39.27 – $52.30/hr + BENEFITS

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

You like working outdoors and with your hands.

You have good physical strength.

You have used precision tools & equipment.

Did You Know?

If you have a good eye for recognizing patterns, lines and proportions, this is a great asset for a bricklayer. In this career, you can be self-employed or work for construction companies and bricklaying contractors.