Course Description:

In this class you will be taught the proper work methods, procedures, and skills needed to succeed in the career of masonry. Some of the skills you will learn include equipment, materials, and basic tool handling. Exercises will be repeated in order to develop accuracy, neatness, speed, and the necessary experience to analyze and solve any problem that might be encountered during the projects. After completing this competency based program you will be able to construct walls, partitions, chimneys, and other elements of brick and masonry constructions both in commercial and residential buildings.

Students will learn the proper use of tools, estimating materials, blueprint reading, corresponding with the masonry and other building trades. The masonry program includes the study of trowel skills necessary to construct fireplaces, buildings, and foundations using brick, cement block, stone, and ceramic tile. All students learn how to care for, and safely handle tools, machines, and materials used in the trade. You will also learn the proper procedures to construct building foundations, arches, columns, piers, and how to use bricks, cement blocks, and interior and exterior stone

Skills Learned:

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are how to use a trowel, level, and basic masonry tools, how to use a brick cutting saw, masonry layout and design, blueprint reading for the masonry trade, how to measure, level, and align work projects, construction of walls, partitions, fireplaces, and foundations, how to estimate materials, how to use a transit, and how to properly layout and build arches.

Related Occupations and Earnings:

Related occupations include Block Masons and Construction Workers. Earnings range between $14-$24/hour.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.


Mr. Walt – Masonry
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1340
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55am
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.

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Pennsylvania Youth Survey

Passive Parental/Caregiver Permission Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Our school is taking part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent or caregiver, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions by visiting this link: For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day later this fall and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to [email protected] or in writing to the CWCTC.

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darcy Szymkiewicz  724.925.3532 ext 1360.

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