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Job Corps’ Bricklayer Masonry program is a Trainee, Pre-Apprentice program offered through the International Masonry Institute (IMI).

Career Details


Students in Bricklayer are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Laying and binding building materials, such as brick and concrete, with mortar or other substances to repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures
  • Measuring distances from reference points and marking guidelines to lay out work
  • Properly constructing corners and arches
  • Removing excess mortar with trowels and hand tools
  • Finishing joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance

Career Options

Program graduates mostly go to work as brick masons or block masons for private companies or public works organizations. Working as a brick mason or block mason is physically demanding work, and many days are spent outside.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Bricklayer Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Physical strength
Steady hands and fingers

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