Masonry

Contact:    Mr. Jocquette Carroll    Phone: 794-1436, Ext. 234

 

What You Will Be Able To Do:

  • Lay concrete blocks, bricks, stone, and tile
  • Pour concrete; stucco walls; layout a house; dig and pour footers; pour bird baths, flower pots, tables; build forms and set forms for concrete work
  • Students will also read bluprints, build various types of masonry walls, estimate masonry materials, etc.

This program is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills of masonry. Emphasis is placed on safety, tools of the trade, measuring, blueprint reading and layout, and masonry wall construction. Emphasis is placed on job safety, interpretation of drawings and specifications, footing and site preparation, estimation of materials and supplies needed for a block wall construction, and jointing and pointing. Advanced classes might include chimney construction, and decorative designs, including mantels, hearths, and garden features. 

Potential Earnings:  Bricklayers are usually paid by the hour. Rates vary depending on experience, employer, and geographic location. Earnings for bricklayers typically range from about $12 to $30 an hour, although some experienced bricklayers make as much as $35 an hour.

The Academic Connection:  A student needs to have a working knowledge of basic mathematics, measurement, and general science.  The ability to work accurately and carefully is essential in this field.

College and Related Education:   Many bricklayers learn skills by working as helpers under experienced layers or through an apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job work experience with in-class learning sessions, and take 3 to 4 years to complete Bricklayers enrolled in apprenticeship programs receive more thorough training than those who work as informal helpers. Entry into an apprenticeship program requires that you first find an employer who is willing to train you. Applicants must meet age requirements (17 or 18 is usually the minimum age), and be in good physical condition. A high school diploma is preferred, and may be required by some employers.
Another way to enter the field is to complete training at vocational schools or 2-year colleges. Students may continue training in this field at Sparks State Technical College in Eufaula where they will be eligible for consideration for six months credit for successful completion of the DTC Masonry program. Receiving this credit allows the student to enter the on-the-job training component of the program more quickly.  Qualified students can receive scholarships to assist with fees and tuition.

Masonry classes offered at DTC: 

  • Introduction to Masonry
  • Block Wall Construction
  • Residential Masonry I & II
  • Composite Masonry Construction
  • Commercial Masonry
  • Masonry Special Applications & Finishes
  • Specialty Masonry Construction