Brick masonry courses are available at technical colleges and schools that specialize in construction trades. These schools offer certificate, diploma, and associate's degree programs. In addition, some programs may include an apprenticeship that can put towards class credit. Standalone specialty courses on brick masonry are sometimes available as well.
Brick masonry courses and degree programs may offer additional courses in advanced masonry, fireplace construction, stone masonry, masonry construction and structural masonry systems. Graduates of diploma or certificate programs are prepared for entry-level positions as masons and bricklayers. Graduates of associate-level programs in masonry may take additional technical, management or business courses that prepare them for careers as project supervisors, construction managers or private contractors.
Here are some main concepts you'll encounter while studying brick masonry:
- Masonry tool technique
- Building codes
- Ornamental bricklaying
- Constructing foundations
- Identifying and building arches
List of Courses
Introduction to Masonry Methods and Materials
This course introduces concepts of concrete, stone, block and brick construction. Students learn masonry theory and practice hands-on techniques for working with masonry tools, such as levels, trowels, jointers and power tools. Beginner brick masons learn to select, mix and spread mortar. Instruction emphasizes tool and construction site safety.
Brick masons build structures based on blueprint drawings. This course instructs masons on how to interpret drawings, symbols and terminology commonly found on construction blueprints. Building codes are commonly discussed. This is a required course in a brick masonry degree or diploma program.
Students begin laying bricks to build small structures in this class. The course emphasizes creating straight brick walls before moving on to steps, corners and door jambs. Fireplace surrounds may be introduced. Introductory courses on masonry are usually prerequisite to this type of course.
Advanced Brick Masonry and Design
Brick masonry is often used for building chimneys and arches in residential construction. This course emphasizes layout and design of these brick structures and includes instruction on building codes and chimney construction methods. Students learn to build more advanced structures, such as arches and ornamental brick pathways using patterns.
Repairing Historic Masonry
This course is a specialized course for those wishing to work professionally in historic preservation. Emphasis is on understanding the original construction of a historic building and recreating the same look and feel of that building with brick masonry.