Contact: Mr. Jocquette Carroll Phone:
794-1436, Ext. 234
What You Will Be Able To Do:
Lay concrete blocks, bricks, stone, and tile
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.
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.
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
Masonry Special Applications & Finishes
Specialty Masonry Construction