Career Studies Certificate Programs of Study


Program code: 221-989-40

Gainful Employment Informationmasonry

Length: Two Semesters

Purpose: This Career Studies Certificate in Masonry is in response to the non-conventional short-term program of study needs for many adults in our service region to yield an awarding career; which provides entry level skills for the beginner, upgrading and re-training requirements for the skilled craft laborer, and for investigating career opportunities as one of the premier craft workers on a construction site

Occupational Objectives: A program of training through a standardized process, shall prepare the learner, as a skilled laborer, with basic knowledge and essential workplace skills for the construction trades; employing masonry units manufactured of clay or concrete. Curricula shall develop the construction professional following new national craft standards established for the construction industry. The focus will be to present information in a step-by-step fashion, further enhanced through learn-by-doing hands on approach. Providing skilled workers to build and repair buildings, walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, fences, roads, walkways, and other structures utilizing brick, precast masonry panels, concrete block, natural stone, and other masonry materials. Work activities include restoration of old brick buildings as well as new construction for houses, industrial facilities, schools, hospitals, offices, and other structures. The skill sets will provide the student learner the opportunity to work with their hands in a creative manner demonstrating masonry as being, one of the world’s oldest and respected crafts, an essential part of life. Instructional tenets shall encompass understanding of safety and regulatory codes, plans and blueprints, tools and building materials related to construction techniques adopted for builders and remodelers of residential or light commercial projects with emphasis on single family units; in addition to examining high production builders’ objectives.

Admissions Requirements: Applicant must meet the general admission requirements established by the college..

Program Requirements: The Masonry CSC is designed to prepare students for an entry level position as helpers, laborers, or mason tenders or apprentice mason, and entry level as Brick masons, block masons, stone-masons, refractory masons working under the supervision of a master mason. Quality in workers includes being dependability with a strong work ethic. Knowledge of basic math including measurement, volume, mixing proportions, algebra, plane geometry, and mechanical drawing are important in this trade. Masons must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods and often have to lift heavy materials; and agreeable to work outdoors.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
BLD 110Introduction to Construction303
BLD 147Principles of Block and Bricklaying I223
BLD 148Principles of Block and Bricklaying II223
SDV 106Preparation for Employment101
MTH 103Applied Technical Math I303
Second Semester
BLD 111Blueprint Reading and the Building Code223
ITE 101Introduction to Microcomputers202
BLD 298Capstone Masonry404
BLD 181Introduction to Concrete Construction303
ENV 193Studies in your Role in the Green Environment101

Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Masonry  26

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