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Masonry (MAS)

(Easterling Correctional Facility)

Program Description:

The masonry program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the laying and/or setting of brick, concrete block, hard tile, marble and related materials, using trowels, levels, hammers, chisels, and other hand tools. This program includes instruction in technical mathematics, blueprint reading, structural masonry, decorative masonry, foundations, reinforcement, mortar preparation, cutting and finishing, and applicable codes and standards.

Career Opportunities:

Jobs for brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons are expected to increase by 12 percent over the 2008–18 decade, as fast as the average for all occupations, as the rising population will create a need for schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and other structures. Also stimulating demand for workers will be the need to build more energy-efficient industrial facilities and office buildings (some of which may be made from brick) and to restore a growing number of old brick buildings.

Skills Needed:

Brickmasons and blockmasons -- who often are called simply bricklayers -- build and repair walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick, precast masonry panels, concrete block, and other masonry materials. Some brickmasons specialize in installing firebrick linings in industrial furnaces.  The work varies in complexity, from laying a simple masonry walkway to installing an ornate exterior on a high-rise building. Workers cut or break the materials used to create walls, floors, and other structures. Once these building materials are properly sized, masons lay them with or without a binding material. These workers use their own perceptions and a variety of tools to ensure that the structure meets the desired standards. After finishing laying the bricks, blocks, or stone, these workers clean the finished product with a variety of cleaning agents.

Expected Earnings/Salary:

Earnings as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:
  • Median hourly wages of brickmasons and blockmasons in May 2008 were $21.94.
  • The middle 50 percent earned between $16.77 and $28.46.
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $13.26, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $35.63. 
  • In the two industries employing the largest numbers of brickmasons and blockmasons in May 2008—the foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors industry and the nonresidential building industry—median hourly wages were $21.71 and $23.84, respectively.

Contact Information

Mr. Emmitt Tarver
Masonry Instructor
334-687-3543, ext. 2106 - Easterling