College Catalog

Building Construction Technology: Masonry Emphasis (MN)

(Effective Fall 2014)

This major provides students with the skills necessary for careers in masonry construction, including design, layout, estimating, and erection. Instruction is provided in all aspects of blocklaying, bricklaying, and stone, along with the technologies of fireplace and structural masonry construction. Related courses and electives improve the student's potential for advancement and further prepare the graduate for employment. Instruction is broad-based to expose students to all types of construction features they may find. Students learn to solve problems and accomplish multi-faceted tasks in the industry.

Career Opportunities

Students graduate with entry-level skills in masonry. Additional skills in architectural drawing, blueprint reading, estimating and related topics make the graduate qualified for a variety of positions such as blocklayer or bricklayer, inspector, sales representative, and entry-level management. Also, graduates could seek self-employment in masonry trades.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, two years of algebra, and one year of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Building Construction Technology Masonry major web page.

Remediation Strategies

Students are required to remediate all deficiencies in the first year. The order of remediation should be math, reading, English.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:

  • practice approved safety procedures in various work situations.
  • read and interpret drawings and blueprints.
  • identify the building codes related to all various aspects of the residential building industry.
  • write clear, accurate, and complete reports to industry standards.
  • demonstrate the correct use of tools and methods.
  • demonstrate good construction methods with regard to concrete block and brick construction.
  • identify building materials and how they relate to each other structurally.
  • use computer skills to store and retrieve estimates as related to the trade.
  • demonstrate the ability to apply modern decision making techniques and the potential for managerial growth.

Curriculum

First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
BCT103Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 
BCT104Construction Safety and Equipment 1 
BCT110Site Preparation and Layout 2 
MCT115Concrete Block Construction 5 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
or
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second SemesterCredits
BCT117Construction Materials and Application I 3 
BCT107Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 
MCT129Brick Masonry 5 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 14
Third SemesterCredits
MCT233Stone Masonry 2 
MCT239Fireplace Construction 3 
BCT238Concrete Construction 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
or
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
or
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
or
ARTArt Elective 3 
or
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
or
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
or
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth SemesterCredits
MCT265Masonry Construction Estimating 3 
BCT268Construction Technology Applications 3 
MCT262Structural Masonry Systems 5 
BCT256Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 
BCT305Codes in Construction 1 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
TOTAL CREDITS 16

MTH 180 is recommended for students desiring to transfer into B.S. majors after completing A.A.S. requirements. Faculty strongly recommend PHS 114 because it covers topics related to construction and masonry. PHS 114 has a MTH 180 prerequisite. MCT courses may be offered out of sequence or by alternative delivery strategies.

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