Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA)

Building Construction Technology: Masonry Emphasis (MN)

(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

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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
BCT103Construction Hand and Power Tools 1 
BCT104Construction Safety and Equipment 1 
BCT110Site Preparation and Layout 2 
BCT234Masonry Principles 5 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
Second SemesterCredits
BCT117Construction Materials and Application I 3 
BCT107Print Reading and Architectural Drafting 3 
BCT109Framing Principles 4 
BCT238Concrete Construction 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
Third SemesterCredits
MCT230Advanced Masonry Principles 5 
MCT233Stone Masonry 2 
MCT239Fireplace Construction 3 
MCT262Structural Masonry Systems 5 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
MCT265Masonry Construction Estimating 3 
BCT255Construction Estimating 3 
BCT256Residential Construction Planning, Scheduling and Management 3 
BCT268Construction Technology Applications 3 
BCT305Codes in Construction 1 
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 4 
PHS103Physics Survey 3 
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SOCSociology Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 

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.