Students will obtain education and skills to work as a mason. Emphasis is also placed on leadership skills and a strong work ethic.
This three-year instructional program prepares students in brick, block, stone, concrete, tuck pointing, and artificial stone construction. Students learn the types and sizes of masonry materials, various applications for materials, blueprint reading, masonry symbols, use of measuring instruments, leveling instruments, layout and design, bonds, hand tools, masonry equipment, mortar mixing, concrete mixing, estimation, practical problems in mathematics, preparation of material lists, masonry saw, tile saw, 14” dry cut saw, hammer drill, demolition, fireplaces, chimneys, barbecue fireplace, steps, walls, scaffold construction, etc.
Brick (various types)
Concrete block (sizes include 4”, 6”, 8”, & 12”)
Masonry, Brick & Block Construction, Ham.
Cooperating Companies:Collier Stone Company – Carnegie, PA
Donley Brick Company – Washington, PARussell Brothers – Washington, PA
Specialized Shop Equipment:
Dry cut saw with diamond blade
Scaffold and planks
Certifications:PA Skills Certificate
Residential Construction Academy (RCA) National Registry
Community College of Allegheny County – Building Construction Technology; Construction Manager/Estimator
Post-Secondary Training Options:
Community College of Allegheny County – Building Construction, Estimating, Supervision, or Technology
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Masonry
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Masonry Construction Technology
Brickyard Sales C
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Wages and Employment Trends:
Median Wages (2009) $22.47 hourly, $46,740 annually
Employment (2008) 136,000 employees
Projected Growth (2008-2018) Average (7% to 13%)
Projected Need (2008-2018) 50,000 additional employees