The Masonry Program provides a valuable resource for the knowledge and skills required of an entry-level mason. The basic “Hands-on” skills as well as the procedures outlined in this curriculum will help individuals gain proficiency in this trade.

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Successful students who graduate from the Masonry Program are in high demand due to projected growth and a decline in the number of available workers. Because of this demand, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) developed a Masonry curriculum called Residential Construction Academy for Masonry. NAHB evaluated and endorsed the Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center’s Masonry Program. The curriculum covers different types of brick and pattern bonds, types of concrete masonry units; building brick and block leads; laying brick and blocks to the line; residential foundations; fireplaces and chimneys; brick paving, porches, and steps; brick arches, piers, and columns; estimating materials and labor; safety for masons; working drawings, career opportunities along with other areas in the masonry trade.

Masonry students get involved with projects on the grounds at the GACTC or other schools and businesses in the Blair County area. Students take field trips to business and construction sites in Pennsylvania.

Besides learning the masonry skills, students learn work ethics, how to work as a team, and the importance of good attendance.


  • Be able to learn math and measurement requirements particular to the program
  • Follow directions
  • Be physically able to lift heavy materials
  • Be a hard worker
  • Not be afraid of heights

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the Masonry program.


  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • OSHA Certification
  • MEWP Work Platform from JLG
  • Telehandler JLG

Bill Doutt

Masonry Instructor