International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Crafts– (includes: Bricklayer, Pointer/Cleaner/Caulker, Marble Finisher, Stone & Marble Mason, Tile Finisher, Tile Layer, and Terrazzo Workers)
Bricklayers and Allied Crafts represent the most highly skilled trowel trades craftworkers across the United States and Canada including bricklayers, stone and marble masons, tilesetters, terrazzo and mosaic workers, and pointers/ cleaners/ caulkers. Bricklayers build walls, chimneys and other structures from masonry units such as brick, block, glass block or stone. They also line industrial kilns and furnaces. Bricklayers often work from scaffolding. The work, especially block work, is often strenuous. The Pointer-Cleaner-Caulker (PCC) patches weathered masonry, replaces old mortar and does caulking, waterproofing and cleaning of both new and old masonry. They often work on swing scaffold twenty (20) stories or more up.
Tile Finishers work together with Tile Layers to create installations of ceramic or stone tile. The Finisher fills in joints, cleans and polishes finished surfaces, which may include showers, tubs, countertops, floors, stairs, building exteriors, ceilings and others. They may also perform finish caulking. The Finisher does most of the setting up of materials at the job and cleans up afterwards. They mix all mortars, by machine or by hand mixing using a mixing hoe. Tile Finishing is very active work, and is often strenuous. It may involve scaffolding.
Tile Layers, also called Tile Setters, install ceramic or stone tile that you see in showers and tubs, on kitchen countertops, floors, stairs, building exteriors and many other areas. Many times they install a thick mortar base of sand, cement and lime to create a flat or curved surface for the tile installation. They may work in new housing, in occupied homes, or on large commercial projects. Work is both indoors and outdoors and may involve scaffolding.
- About the apprenticeship: Every apprenticeship program is different, check with your local union.
- Qualifications for apprenticeship: Every apprenticeship program is different, check with your local union.
- Meet a tile finisher. See a short video about a woman who works in the trade and why she loves her work.