A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the laying and/or setting of exterior brick, concrete block, hard tile, marble and related materials, using trowels, levels, hammers, chisels, and other hand tools.
Includes instruction in technical mathematics, blueprint reading, structural masonry, decorative masonry, foundations, reinforcement, mortar preparation, cutting and finishing, and applicable codes and standards.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Mason/Masonry Studies?
Apart from on-the-job training, masonry workers typically participate in a three-year apprenticeship, usually sponsored by a union or contractor association. Cement masons and terrazzo workers don't need specific licenses or certifications. Community colleges often offer 12-month, 18-month certificate and two-year and associate programs. Many technical schools offer programs in masonry as well. Programs undertaken will often operate both independently and in conjunction with apprenticeship training. After completing an apprenticeship program, masons are considered journey workers and are able to do tasks on their own.
After becoming a journey worker, masonry workers may find opportunities to advance to supervisor, superintendent, or other construction management positions. Experienced masonry workers may choose to become independent contractors. Masonry workers in a union may also find opportunities for advancement within their union.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Mason/Masonry Studies
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
Publications/Magazines Mason/Masonry Studies