How to Select a Masonry School
Masonry schools and colleges require varying amounts of experience in labs and in the field. Since it takes lots of practice to become a competent mason, students should choose masonry schools that require as much hands-on experience as possible.
Candidates may want to ensure that masonry schools and colleges offer training in brick masonry, stone masonry and block masonry. Although students may decide to focus on one area, individuals with all three masonry skills have a competitive edge in the job market.
Masonry training and education is available at community colleges and trade and vocational schools. Students seeking masonry training for entry-level positions may pursue certificate and diploma programs. Basic masonry courses include bricklaying, blocklaying, power and hand tools, blueprint reading, stone masonry and mortar testing. Students learn to use masonry tools and equipment, and to mix, pour, and lay materials such as Flexcrete, an aerated concrete.
People who want advanced masonry training, broader knowledge of the construction industry and a general education should pursue an associate's degree in masonry. In addition to masonry courses, associate's degree programs include classes such as construction supervision, masonry mathematics and business plan writing.
Students ought to select masonry schools and colleges that hire instructors who are experienced master masons. They are highly skilled and can provide contacts and information for jobs and internships. Candidates should also choose masonry colleges that are accredited by the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and prepare students to obtain the organization's voluntary certification.
Summary of important considerations:
- Certificate and diploma programs provide basic masonry training whereas associate's degree programs provide a broader knowledge of the construction industry.
- Although there are no required certifications in the field of masonry, candidates should consider masonry colleges that are accredited by the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and that prepare students to obtain the organization's voluntary certification.
10 Schools with Masonry Programs
|Salt Lake Community College||2-year, Public|
|Piedmont Virginia Community College||2-year, Public|
|Kirkwood Community College||2-year, Public|
|Wallace Community College Selma||2-year, Public|
|GateWay Community College||2-year, Public|
|Tallahassee Community College||2-year, Public|
|Palm Beach State College||2-year, Public|
|Pearl River Community College||2-year, Public|
|Southside Virginia Community College||2-year, Public|
|Cuyahoga Community College||2-year, Public|