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The Work

Bricklayers construct walls, fireplaces, commercial buildings, schools, as well as furnaces, kilns and other structures using brick, block, stone, and marble and granite. Tilesetters install ceramic tile, marble, and granite on a variety of surfaces such as walls, floors, countertops, pools, showers, tubs, and the exterior of buildings. There are apprenticeships available in the trades of Bricklayer, Tile Setter and Finisher, and Terrazzo and Marble Finisher. These are specialized trades with good career potential.

Working Conditions

Bricklayers’ work is usually performed outdoors, with some work done indoors, and they work in all kinds of weather. Tilesetters generally work indoors, but they, too, will work outdoors. All masonry trades require good physical strength, as there is considerable heavy work involving lifting and moving loads with wheelbarrows and by hand. Concrete block weighs more than brick, with 30 pounds being one of the lighter ones, and must be laid with one hand. Tile involves moving boxes of tile as well as carrying pails of mastic, and bags of thinset all over the job site from one location to the next. Work is often away from home, so travel is involved. There are going to be periods of no work when the weather is bad or there is no construction going on. Caulkers work at great heights and do a wide variety of tasks, frequently hanging off the sides of tall buildings.

The Apprenticeship

This program, depending upon trade, requires 6000 hours (3 years) of on-the-job training. Additionally, the apprentice must attend 12 weeks of initial training at the International Masonry Institute and 144 hours of classroom instruction per year, also at the Institute.

Enrollment Period

Openings are on an as-needed basis. The next enrollment period has not been determined. It will be announced through a notice in newspapers, at job service, etc.

To Apply

Bricklayers & Allied Craftsman Local 1
Apprenticeship Training Office
407 Denali Street #7
P.O. Box 100553
Anchorage, AK 99510
Contact: Apprenticeship Coordinator
(907) 277-5133 or 278-3759 (phone)
(907) 278-5557 (fax)

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* The information presented on these pages may not contain every apprenticeship opportunity available in Alaska.  If you currently sponsor an apprenticeship program that meets U.S. Dept. of Labor standards and would like your information posted here please contact the AJCN web coordinator.

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