Course Overview

Some of the world’s most famous structures — the Colosseum, the Egyptian pyramids and the Taj Mahal, to name a few — were built by masons. In our Masonry course, students explore the age-old trade while learning how today’s masons build modern masterpieces.

As they grow familiar with the tools and diverse materials of the trade, students master the following skills:

  • Build solid masonry and veneer walls; install openings for windows and doors, plus flashing
  • Build various brick features, including arches, chimneys, columns, corbels and fireplaces
  • Prepare and form for concrete; place, reinforce and finish concrete; patch old concrete work
  • Lay brick pavers in basketweave and herringbone patterns; lay interlocking concrete pavers
  • Build with or install ceramic tile, glass block, stone, stone veneer and other masonry materials

Instruction begins with cutting bricks and blocks, mixing mortar, laying courses with a variety of brick bonds and other fundamentals before advancing to activities like stonework and tilework. Practicing job-site safety, constructing scaffolds, cleaning brickwork, reading blueprints and working up material and labor estimates are important elements of the course, too.

Students develop their skills through hands-on training in a course lab outfitted with laser levels, mortar mixers, masonry saws and other industry-standard equipment. They often team up with peers in LCTI’s carpentry course to work on projects for community schools and nonprofit organizations.

Course Details

Course length: 9 months

Next start date(s): Fall 2024 dates TBD

Tentative schedule: 8:15 am – 2:45 pm, M-F

Credentials & college credit

Students who complete our course earn the following industry-recognized credentials:

  • OSHA Certification via CareerSafe®
  • Pennsylvania Builders Association® Skills Certificate
  • Pennsylvania Skills Certificate via NOCTI®

Students who complete our course are well-positioned to earn associate degrees at the following school(s):

  • Lehigh Carbon Community College

Career Pathways

with credentials earned at LCTI:

  • Bricklayer’s Apprentice
  • Hardscape Installer
  • Mason Tender
  • Masonry Restoration Apprentice

with credentials + experience:

  • Bricklayer
  • Building Inspector
  • Masonry Foreman
  • Stone Mason
  • Tile Setter

with more postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Estimator
  • Structural Engineer

Learn more about potential career pathways.

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