Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

(Effective Fall 2016)

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) or Building Science and Sustainable Design (BST).

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

All students entering the major will be tested for English, math, and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies during the first semester as explained in the College Catalog (see www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting).

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). 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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
BCT103 Construction Hand and Power Tools 1  
BCT104 Construction Safety and Equipment 1  
BCT110 Site Preparation and Layout 2  
BCT234 Masonry Principles 5  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits
BCT117 Construction Materials and Application I 3  
BCT107 Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3  
BCT109 Framing Principles 4  
BCT238 Concrete Construction 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits
MCT230 Advanced Masonry Principles 5  
MCT233 Stone Masonry 2  
MCT239 Fireplace Construction 3  
MCT262 Structural Masonry Systems 5  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 18
Fourth Semester Credits
MCT265 Masonry Construction Estimating 3  
or
BCT255 Construction Estimating 3  
BCT256 Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3  
BCT268 Construction Technology Applications 3  
BCT305 Codes in Construction 1  
PHS114 Physics with Technological Applications 4  
or
PHS103 Physics Survey 3  
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
or
SOC Sociology Elective 3  
or
ART Art Elective 3  
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 17

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

BCT255 is recommended for students desiring to transfer into BRM B.S. degree after completing A.A.S.

Additional Information

Endorsed by the Pennsylvania Builders Association.