Masonry(Open to Grades 11, 12 & Adults)
The Masonry program is design to provide students with the specialized background needed to become a qualified brick and block mason.
The program provides education and training experiences in current and emerging technology that will enable students to enter employments. The content standards are based on the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and National Center for Construction Research (NCCER) national standards and are designed to provide the specialized skills, attitudes and technical knowledge relevant to masonry.
Instruction includes but is not limited to, safely cutting, chipping and positioning blocks and bricks using bonding materials. In addition, instruction is provided in reading architectural plans, planning, and estimating. Instruction and training are provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of tools and equipment and in all applicable local, state, and federal safety and environmental regulations.
Typical Tasks of a Mason
- Lays and aligns bricks, blocks, or tiles to build and repair structures
- Applies and smoothes mortar or other mixtures over work surfaces
- Examines brickwork and structures to determine the need for repair
- Measure distances from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using a plumb bob and level
- Calculate angles and determines the vertical and horizontal alignment of courses
- Mixes specified amount of sand, clay, dirt and mortar power with water
- Fastens brick and other building materials to structures with wire clamps, anchor holes, or cement
- Breaks or cuts brick, tiles, and blocks to size, using a trowel, hammer, or power saw
- Cleans working surfaces to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using a broom, wire brush, or scraper
Transferable Work Content Skills
- Making large fixed structures and objects (high level)
- Using construction hand and power tools (high Level)
- Constructing with brick, stone, and mortar (high Level)
- Following written construction work orders (medium level)
- Working as a member of a construction team (high level)
- Following construction blueprints and plans (medium level)