Masonry I & II


Program Synopsis: The Masonry Program is an exclusive program at Highland Springs Technical Center. Eligible students are introduced to the field of masonry and prepared with the skills and safety requirements to be successful in this construction trade.

Masonry I: The first-year masonry student learns to use, care for, and handle safely the tools, machines, equipment, and materials commonly used in the masonry trade. This involves laying brick to the line and construction of corners and walls of buildings.  Students may participate in the construction of a house. Students will have the opportunity to earn the 10-hour OSHA certification.

Masonry II: The second-year student refines his or her technique of bricklaying in construction of chimneys, steps, and other more complex projects. Throughout the course, neatness, good work habits, and continued observation of safety rules are stressed to prepare the student mentally and physically for a successful career. Students will continue to participate in the construction of a house.



Mr. Edwards has been a mason most of his life.  His love for the outdoors and passion for creating a variety of structures led to his love of masonry.




Desired Aptitudes: Students should be those who have a genuine interest in the masonry construction trade. They should be willing to do work that requires a lot of energy and attention to detail. Students should have basic mathematics and English skills. Basic drafting skills are encouraged.

Employment Outlook (According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition):

Occupation Job Summary Median Salary
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons (or, simply, masons) use bricks, concrete blocks, and natural stones to build fences, walkways, walls, and other structures. $45,410
Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers Cement masons pour, smooth, and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs. Using a cement mixture, terrazzo workers create durable and decorative surfaces for floors and stairways. $35,530
Plasterers and Stucco Masons Plasterers and stucco masons apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions for functional and decorative purposes. Some workers apply ornamental plaster. $37,210
Tile and Marble Setters Tile and marble setters apply hard tile, marble, and wood tiles to walls, floors, and other surfaces. $38,110