Program Synopsis: The Masonry Program is an exclusive program at the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs. 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. Arnette Person Jr. comes from a family with over 100 years of bricklaying experience. As a young boy, he was introduced to the trade by my grandfather, father, and uncles. He was the first one in his family to own and operate his own business. A former member of the VA Army National Guard, Mr. Person Jr. has a Masters in Business Administration and enjoys spending time with his wife of 24 years and his three children.
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|