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 program, 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 program, too.

Students develop their skills through hands-on training in a program lab outfitted with laser levels, mortar mixers, masonry saws and other industry-standard equipment. They often team up with peers in LCTI’s carpentry programs to work on projects for community schools and nonprofit organizations. In addition, upperclassmen are urged to line up internship or co-op positions with local contractors.

Industry Credentials

Masonry students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

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

College Credit

A statewide articulation agreement known as SOAR allows students to earn college credit for their work in the Masonry program.

Career Paths

with credentials:

  • Brickmason/Blockmason
  • Cement Mason/Concrete Finisher
  • Stonemason
  • Refractory Materials Repairer
  • Terrazzo Finisher
  • Tile & Marble Setter

with credentials and experience:

  • Construction Foreman
  • Contractor

with postsecondary training or college degree:

  • Building/Construction Inspector
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager


Teacher: Garrett Tweed


Counselor: Katrina Sparozic

Phone: 610-799-1370

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CIP Code: 46.0101Task List

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses and organizations serve on the Masonry program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 5
  • Brickwork by Bertsch
  • Rextown Supply

Career & Technical Student Organizations

Masonry students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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