Starting Wage


Journey-Level Wage


***Wages may vary by state or county.***

Rock-Solid Benefits

  • Retirement And Pension Funds

  • Wellness Program

  • Health Care

  • Vacation Fund

Career Requirements

  • Must Be 18 Years Old For Hire

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Driver's License

  • Reliable Transportation

An ancient and noble profession, bricklayers are skilled journeyworkers who construct walls, partitions, steps, free standing piers, arches and other structures made of brick, concrete block or masonry materials. They study the blueprints or building plans to check specifications and determine the most accurate layouts. Bricklayers have a thorough knowledge of the different types of bricks that are available, the correct mortar mixtures and how to adapt building methods to different weather conditions so as to protect structures from humidity or water ingress.



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Recommended High School Classes

To become a bricklayer, high school students should take construction, building, shop, and trade courses. Knowledge of tools, how to read a tape measure, and the ability to add/subtract/multiply basic fractions as related to inches and feet are critical.

Completion of high school classes does not count for hours in the apprenticeship program, but the experience and classes taken are valuable in building a student’s skill set and should be discussed in the interview.

Apprenticeship Program

Bricklayer apprenticeships are paid career training that lasts approximately three years. Apprentices receive both on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The apprenticeship requires participants to complete 144 classroom-training hours each year and complete 6,000 on-the-job training hours before becoming a journey-level bricklayer. 

Apprenticeship candidates can get more information and apply at www.bactraining.org. Candidates with experience may schedule a job skills evaluation to determine apprentice level. Those with no experience may begin work with a signatory contractor or attend one of our two pre-apprenticeship programs offered in the spring.

Pre-apprenticeship Opportunities

If you don’t have experience, we can help. We offer a 6-week training program in the spring and summer to get you started. Click here for more details and to fill out the application: www.bactraining.org/become-apprentice

Contacts for more information:
John Slama, Manager of Operations at 763-404-8345 or jslama@bactraining.org
Rebecca Nohava, Recruiter/Creative Logistics at 763-404-8345 or rnohava@bactraining.org

Key Skills

The most valuable skill a bricklayer apprentice can possess is the ability to learn and take directions. The ability to read a tape measure, add/subtract/multiply basic fractions, as related to inches and feet, is critical. Endurance and strength are needed to perform repetitive bending and lifting movements on the job.


Military members applying for a bricklayer apprenticeship should reach out to John Slama, Manager of Operations for the MN/ND Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Apprentice Training Center. Veterans can also search job opportunities at www.helmetstohardhards.org.

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Local Offices


Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local Union 1 Minnesota/North Dakota

312 Central Ave., Rm. 328
Minneapolis, MN 55414

New Hope

MN/ND Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Journeyman and Apprentice Training Center

5420 International Parkway
New Hope, MN 55428

Drug Testing

An employer/contractor/apprenticeship instructor may require drug and alcohol testing of employees and applicants for employment, including random testing.

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