Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

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. This major may serve as a basis for continued education leading to a bachelor's degree in Residential Construction Technology and Management (BRM).

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

Success in college-level coursework requires minimum levels of proficiency in math, reading, and English. Therefore, all new students must meet placement requirements to demonstrate their skills in these three areas.

Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog ( 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.


First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 3 M REQ
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1 3 M REQ
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2 1 3 M REQ
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5 2 9 M REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT117 Construction Materials and Application I 3 3 M REQ
BCT107 Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT109 Framing Principles 4 2 6 M REQ
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3 1 6 M REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
MCT230 Advanced Masonry Principles 5 2 9 M REQ
MCT233 Stone Masonry 2 1 3 M REQ
MCT239 Fireplace Construction 3 1 6 M REQ
MCT262 Structural Masonry Systems 5 2 9 M REQ
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BCT255 Construction Estimating 3 3 M REQ
BCT256 Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 3 M REQ
BCT268 Construction Technology Applications 3 1 6 M REQ
BCT305 Codes in Construction 1 1 M REQ
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
PHS103 Physics Survey 3 3 S REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE

MTH 180 is recommended for students desiring to transfer into B.S. majors after completing A.A.S. requirements.

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.