Bricklaying Apprentice with Persimmon Homes
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- Preparation of materials:
- Determine quality and quantities of building material including mix ratios of mortar and concrete. Areas and volumes of materials and resources.
- Safe working:
- Adhere to relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice and apply safe working practices, including when working at heights. Safe use of 'disc cutters' and power cutters.
- Working area:
- Select appropriate tools, equipment and materials (e.g. trowel, levels, brick ties, DPC, insulation, mixters, lintels etc) for use when setting out and erecting masonry walling. Maintain a clean working environment.
- Masonry structures:
- Interpret drawings and specifications. Measure the work area and set out level first courses of bricks to a plan, including bonds for openings and the damp course. Mix mortar by hand or with a mechanical mixer. Lay bricks to set dimensions and apply mortar with a trowel to completion. Shape and trim bricks/blocks using hammers, chisels and power tools. Use of laser levels, spirit levels, optical levels and string lines to check that courses are straight, horizontally and vertically and laid to a gauge. Ensure thermal qualities, airtightness and ventilation are maintained. Remove waste materials. Repair and renew masonry structures.
- Radial and battered brickwork:
- Set out and build brickwork, including simple arches and surrounding brickwork.
- Feature and reinforced brickwork:
- Set out and build brickwork, including common decorative features such as oversailing courses and simple corbels.
- Other brickwork:
- Block laying. Cavity walling to include openings, brick inspection chambers, joint finishes, set out a square, set out to a gauge rod and/or profiles.
- Building technology:
- Select materials and resources to be able to set out and lay concrete, drainage and other substructure materials.