Instructor: Mr. Liddick

Program Overview

A successful mason is determined, creative, goal-oriented, energetic and a natural leader. Masons work with brick, concrete block and glass block, tile, concrete, stucco, and stone. The work requires precision, stamina and is very physically demanding. It involves the use of hand tools, power tools, scaffolding, and material moving equipment. The materials are laid by hand, requiring the skill of a craftsman, a true artist. Masons must also be able to read blueprints, understand building codes and be knowledgeable of industry safety requirements. Masonry is a growing field and opens doors to many other opportunities.

* Blueprint Reading is a required course for this program of study.

Skill Alignment Chart (Click to Expand)
Educational & Physical AttributesExpectations
Program Safety & Physical Considerations
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds overhead
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good eye/hand coordination
  • No fear of heights or working in closed spaces
  • Physical strength & stamina
  • Hair pulled back
  • Safety equipment worn
Essential APTITUDES for this lab–Recommended Levels
  • Flexibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Active listening
  • Judgement, decision making & self–control
  • Fine motor skills
  • Distinguish between various patterns
  • Manual dexterity
  • Aware of surroundings
  • Ability to work independently & in groups
  • Leadership skills
  • Work ethic
  • Preparedness
  • Good intuition
  • Explain the main ideas or draw accurate conclusions after reading text
  • Follow a complex multi–step procedure/blueprint independently
  • Evaluate how key words and phrases shape meaning in texts
  • Comprehend written text and apply it to understand tables, charts, and other visuals
  • Learn and apply content–specific symbols correctly
  • Apply content–specific vocabulary correctly
  • Identify and explain how different ideas connect throughout text
  • Read and understand diagnostic and schematic data to solve a problem
  • Compare & contrast information in a text
  • Summarize information from different written resources
  • By the end of grades 9–10 & 11–12 read & comprehend technical texts independently & proficiently
  • Textbook: Masonry Skills, Seventh Edition, Average grade reading level: 13.56
  • Write with a sharp, distinct focus identifying topic, task, and audience
  • Produce clear & coherent writing
  • Write with awareness to audience using program–specific vocabulary
  • Write routinely over short/long time frames for a range of tasks, purposes & audiences
  • Clearly convey with precision step–by–step work completed
  • Write fast–paced, accurate work reports
  • Use technology to produce, publish or share writing
Math Levels

    Numbers and Operations:

  • Grade 6 – Fluency in operations with whole numbers and decimals
  • Grade 6 – Fraction computations
  • Grade 6 – Whole number exponents
  • Grade 7 – Fraction to decimal conversion
  • Grade 7 – Percent and ratio problems
  • Grade 8 – Decimals to rational number (fraction) conversion
  • Grade 8 – Estimate the value of irrational numbers.
  • Algebra 1 – Problem solving with real world units, including conversions
  • Measurement:

  • NG – Units: English Precision: Nearest 1/16 inch
  • Grade 6 – Unit conversion within and between measuring systems
  • Grade 7 – Area, volume surface area of objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and right prisms
  • Grade 7 – Area and circumference of a circle
  • Grade 8 – Volume of cone, cylinder, sphere
  • Geometry – Apply volume formulas – including pyramid
  • Algebraic Concepts:

  • Grade 6 – One–step equation solutions – one variable with all non–negative components
  • Grade 8 – Slope
  • Geometric Concepts:

  • Grade 7 – Angle measure problems (supplementary, complementary, adjacent, angles of a triangle, parallel lines cut by transversal)
  • Grade 7 – Scale drawings of geometric figures
  • Grade 8 – Pythagorean Theorem
  • Geometry – Theorems about lines, angles, triangles, and parallelograms
  • Geometry – Scale models and drawings
  • Data and Probability:

  • Algebra 1 – Interpret data on various displays – use to make predictions
Theory Time
  • Up to 45 minutes/day
Lab Time
  • 4.75 hours/day
  • Approximately 1 hour/week
  • Study for tests
  • Complete review questions
  • Chapter tests
  • Vocabulary discussions
  • Tasklist completions
  • Industry Certification Tests
  • NOCTI (mandatory for all CTE programs)
POS Academics and Electives Recommended
  • English, and Math are a part of the DCTS program
  • Blueprint Reading
Study & Other Skills
  • Note taking skills
  • Good attendance
  • Responsible
Technical Skills/Knowledge
  • Use and navigate school–issued laptop
  • Web navigation
  • Email management
  • Navigate learning management system and instructional technology tools
  • Video conferencing
  • Database navigation
Certifications Offered
  • OSHA 10
  • Forklift Class 1 3&4
  • Forklift Rough Terrain Class 7
  • Ladder Certification
  • Scaffold Safety
Post–Secondary Options and Continuing Ed
  • Various company apprenticeships
  • ABC apprenticeship
  • Union apprenticeship
  • Local/state postsecondary schools (Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Penn Tech, Williamson College of the Trades, etc.)