On 4th and 5th March, the Year 12 students who study Certificate I in Construction and Certificate I in Engineering had the opportunity to participate in a one-day introduction class to Bricklaying, run by the Clay Brick and Paver Association of Queensland. Instructor Brian was able to give the students valuable insight into this industry as well as complete hands-on experience.
Students started the day by mixing up the mortar (mud) and learning the correct consistency and components needed. On completion of this task they were shown how to roll the mud and how to place it on the trowel. The instructor completed this task with such ease many were wondering how hard could it be? It took the students a while to get the right hand motions, and then they were away. They then set about laying their foundations in support of the two-course wall. Students had many opportunities to lay a number of two-course walls, check their levels, butterings and finishing off joints throughout the day.
At the end of each day a student was award a Clay Brick and Paver hat for best performed. Those students were Connor Hall (Wednesday) and Ethan MacPherson (Thursday), congratulations to both boys on a job well done. The course was a wonderful success for all students who participated; they now have a variety of new skills and experiences.