The Masonry program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the masonry profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of masonry theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a masonry diploma which qualifies them as a one-year apprentice brick and block mason or as a one-year apprentice tile setter.
Nature of the Work
The work varies in complexity, from laying a simple masonry walkway to installing an ornate exterior on a highrise building. Workers cut or break the materials used to create walls, floors, and other structures. Once their building materials are properly sized, they are laid with or without a binding material. Workers use their own perceptions and a variety of tools to ensure that the structure meets the desired standards. After they finish laying the bricks, blocks, or stone, the workers clean the finished product with a variety of cleaning agents.
Brickmasons build and repair walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick, precast masonry panels, concrete block, and other masonry materials. Some brickmasons specialize in installing firebrick linings in industrial furnaces.
Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons held 160,200 jobs in 2008. The vast majority were brickmasons and blockmasons. Workers in these crafts are employed in building construction or by specialty trade contractors.
About 27 percent of brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons were self-employed. Many of the self-employed are contractors who work on small jobs, such as patios, walkways, and fireplaces.
Jobs for brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons are expected to increase by 12 percent over the 2008–18 decade, as fast as the average for all occupations, as the rising population will create a need for schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and other structures. Also stimulating demand for workers will be the need to build more energy-efficient industrial facilities and office buildings (some of which may be made from brick) and to restore a growing number of old brick buildings. Moreover, the Federal Government has indicated a willingness to spend more on repairing schools and on making government buildings more energy efficient, which should have a positive impact on the construction industry in general.
Median hourly wages of brickmasons and blockmasons in May 2008 were $21.94.The middle 50 percent earned between $16.77 and $28.46.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13.26, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $35.63. In the two industries employing the largest numbers of brickmasons and blockmasons in May 2008—the foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors industry and the nonresidential building industry— median hourly wages were $21.71 and $23.84, respectively.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos201.htm
|ENGL 1010||Fundamentals of English I|
|MATH 1012||Foundations of Mathematics|
|EMPL 1000||Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development|
|COFC 1011||Overview of Building|
|COFC 1010||Introduction to Construction|
|COFC 1020||Professional Tool Use & Safety|
|COFC 1030||Materials and Fasteners|
|COFC 1050||Constr Print Reading Fund|
|MSNR 1005||Intro/Masonry & BasicBricklaying|
|MSNR 1010||Masonry Applications I|
|MSNR 1020||Masonry Applications II|
|COMP 1000||Introduction to Computers|
|Completion of one of the two specializations required.|
|MSNR 2105||Brick and Block I|
|MSNR 2205||Brick and Block II|
|MSNR 2500||Masonry Internship/Practicum|
|MSNR 2110||Tile Setting I|
|MSNR 2210||Tile Setting II|
|MSNR 2500||Masonry Internship/Practicum|
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Program Admission InformationHigh school diploma or GED Required for admission.