Course Objective:

    Students will obtain education and skills to work as a mason. Emphasis is also placed on leadership skills and a strong work ethic.

     Course Description:

    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.

    Course Topics:



    Brick (various types)  

    Brick bonds


    Concrete block (sizes include 4”, 6”, 8”, & 12”)        


    Line Work                  

    Masonry saw

    Mortar mixer



    Quoined corners



    Tile saw



    Required Supplies:

    Safety glasses 


    Leather boots              


    Masonry, Brick & Block Construction, Ham. 

    Cooperating Companies:

    Collier Stone Company – Carnegie, PA

    Donley Brick Company – Washington, PA

    Russell Brothers – Washington, PA

    Specialized Shop Equipment:

    Builder’s level            

    Concrete mixers

    Demolition hammer 

    Dry cut saw with diamond blade

    Hammer drill              

    Masonry saw 

    Mortar mixers

    Scaffold and planks

    Tile saw 


    PA Skills Certificate

    Residential Construction Academy (RCA) National Registry 

    Articulation Agreements:

    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 

    Potential Careers:



    Brickyard Sales C

    Concrete Flatwork

    Concrete Framework

    Mason Laborer

    Pre-cast Installation 

    Tile Setter

    Tuck Pointer                           

    Stone Mason   

    Masonry Skills:

    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