Industry is an area that's constantly being updated and altered by innovation, but there are some industrial jobs that have remained pretty much the same for hundreds of years. Bricklayers belong to this subset. The bricklayers who worked on your real estate still have a lot in common with their old ancestors in terms of their methods and materials. This article should help you learn more about bricklaying, just in case you're thinking of becoming a bricklayer yourself.
"Bricklayer" is the term for someone who lays down blocks of construction material, securing them to each other with an adhesive. The first bricks were made of mud or kiln-fired clay, with the modern bricks we see in houses being made largely the same way as historic bricks. Bricklayers stack the bricks in staggered lines, securing them to one another with mortar. Mortar is a glue-like substance made from crushed stone which hardens when it sets to fill the gaps between bricks. Modern mortar is made of lime, cement, sand, and water.
Though some small brickwork projects can be successfully completed by DIYers using the materials from their local home renovation store, only qualified bricklayers should attempt to build real estate or commercial structures. Bricklayers know how to mix and handle mortar, make the walls level, and create a stable structure that will support the weight of the bricks on top of it. This is especially important when building larger structures. Professional bricklayers are also known as "masons" in North America and as "brickies" in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Bricklaying is a trade, so if your intention is to become a bricklayer you will want to attend a vocational school, either at the high school or post secondary level. After you complete your course you will become an apprentice bricklayer, where you will help the master bricklayer to build real estate. Lengths of time required for studying and apprenticeship vary depending on the country, but your training lasts as long as it would take to do a university degree or longer. After your apprenticeship you become a journeyman bricklayer, and then finally a master bricklayer.
Whether or not you'll be able to find a job as a bricklayer depends on your level of experience and on the region you've chosen to live in, as some areas rely more on brick for construction than others. Condos are made with mostly steel and concrete, and earthquake zones are not kind to brick structures. But a large portion of homes in Australia and the UK are brick. Brick is also a popular building material in the Midwest and Northeast USA and in the state of Texas. Here in Canada, most cities have a low proportion of brick homes except in historic neighborhoods.