According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, those interested in becoming bricklayers or masons typically learn their skills on the job. Many choose to complete an apprenticeship program that lasts between 3 and 4 years and requires 144 hours of classroom education. While 144 hours of classroom study is standard, many programs require apprentices to complete more hours. Students who seek out an associate’s degree in addition to on-the-job training have the advantage of learning about the construction industry as a whole.

Pennsylvania College of Technology

This technical college located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, offers an associate’s degree program in Building Construction Technology. Students have the option to select an emphasis in masonry while pursuing the Associate of Applied Sciences degree. Masonry students learn about a variety of masonry careers including fireplace construction, brick masonry, stone masonry and blocklaying. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for a variety of construction jobs using their developed masonry skills. Students also learn about construction management and planning, making them excellent candidates for supervisory positions.

Pennsylvania College of Technology One College Avenue Williamsport, PA 17701 (570) 326-3761 pct.edu

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

SUNY offers students a program leading to an Associates of Occupational Studies degree in masonry. Student who take classes at the Alfred, New York, campus learn beginning to advanced masonry techniques. They graduate with the skills necessary to perform a variety of jobs including bricklaying, fireplace masonry and construction supervision. They are also taught the skills to excel at blueprint reading, brick sales and kiln masonry.

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred 10 College Avenue Alfred, NY 14802 (800) 4-ALFRED alfredstate.edu

Dakota County Technical College

Students enrolled at this Rosemont, Minnesota, school earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in concrete and masonry. High school students may take a diploma program in concrete and masonry. Course options include blueprint reading, masonry math and shop theory. Students must complete course work in business law and business applications.

Dakota County Technical College 1300 145th St. East Rosemount, MN 55068 (651) 423-8301 dctc.edu

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute

This school, located in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, offers a three-year program complete with an apprenticeship. Students work as an apprentice alongside bricklayers and masons, while completing 400 hours of classroom instruction. As they progress throughout the program, they are given the opportunity to earn more money. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, students are expected to be able to take command of construction sites. Overall, completing an apprenticeship is an excellent way to learn the skills of the trade and build powerful networking contacts, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute 505 Pine Ridge Drive Shell Lake, WI 54871 (800) 243-WITC witc.tec.wi.us