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Masonry Technical Diploma

Program Code: 314082

The one-year Masonry technical diploma prepares students for a beginning level career in brick/block/stone laying, tile setting, and concrete flatwork finishing (cement masons) in residential and commercial construction. Students also take courses in job-related math, plan reading, and estimating. All credits from this program transfer to the Construction Management - Masonry associate degree.

Follow Your Path

All credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Construction Management - Masonry, 104555


Employment Potential

Brickmason, Blockmason, or Stonemason: use bricks, concrete blocks, and natural and manmade stones to build fences, walkways, walls, and other structures.

Cement Mason: place, smooth, and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs.

Terrazzo Worker: using a cement mixture, terrazzo workers create durable and decorative surfaces for floors and stairways.

Tile and Marble Setter: apply hard tile and marble to walls, floors, and other surfaces.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Trade Supervisor
• Estimator
• Project Coordinator
• Scheduler
• Expeditor


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Green Bay ---
Marinette ---
Sturgeon Bay ---

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Masonry technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-408-101 INTRODUCTION TO MASONRY ...the history of masonry, the masonry industry, tools of the trade, jobsite safety, and masonry math.
10-408-102 MASONRY FUNDAMENTALS ...types of masonry, brick and block patterns and bonds, wall layout, types of mortar and uses, and spreading mortar in block and brick construction. (Corequisite: 10-408-101, Introduction to Masonry)
10-408-103 BLOCK MASONRY ...layout, lintels, anchors and adhesives, openings, metal work, and bearing and non-loadbearing walls. (Corequisite: Successful completion of 10-408-102, Masonry Fundamentals)
10-449-112 OSHA 30 ...addresses OSHA 29CFR1926 rules and is approved by OSHA for construction workers, foremen, job supervisors, and anyone involved in construction trades. Successful participants receive 30-hour card from OSHA.
10-408-104 BRICK MASONRY ...layout, lintels, anchors and adhesives, openings, and expansion and control joints. (Corequisite: Successful completion of 10-408-102, Masonry Fundamentals)
10-408-105 ADVANCED BRICK & BLOCK MASONRY ...moisture control, cleaning, arches, fireplaces and chimneys, paving, and tuck pointing. (Corequisites: Successful completion of 10-408-103, Block Masonry and 10-408-104, Brick Masonry)
10-804-301 VOCATIONAL MATH A ...This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and skills to apply the concepts of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, measurement, proportions, and percent to their career. No prerequisites needed.
10-408-106 MASONRY PRINTS & SPECIFICATIONS ...scaling, types of drawings, drawing features, reading masonry prints, and masonry specifications. (Prerequisites: 10-408-103, Block Masonry; 10-408-104, Brick Masonry)
10-408-108 STONE MASONRY ...shaping, laying, caps and coping, anchors and reinforcement, stone panels, and cultured stone. (Prerequisite: 10-408-102, Masonry Fundamentals)
10-408-109 TILE FUNDAMENTALS and uses, grouts, thinsets, tile materials, substrates, patterns, layout, installation, and cleaning. (Prerequisite: 10-408-102, Masonry Fundamentals)
10-408-121 MASONRY INTERNSHIP ...the application of theory, skills, and techniques in the masonry profession. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval required)
10-408-110 CONCRETE STRUCTURES AND FLATWORK and their use, concrete properties, formwork, footings, foundation walls, patching, flatwork, hot and cold weather placing, and testing. (Prerequisite: 10-408-102, Masonry Fundamentals)
10-408-111 DECORATIVE CONCRETE ...rubber stamps and forms, counters, stencils, stamped and stained concrete, polishing, and terrazzo. (Prerequisite: 10-408-102, Masonry Fundamentals)
10-408-107 MASONRY ESTIMATING ...basic material and labor cost estimating related to masonry construction. (Corequisite:Successful completion of 10-408-106, Masonry Prints & Specifications)
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Display a positive attitude toward the profession.
• Handle the trowel, level, and other hand tools properly.
• Use layout tools and measuring devices.
• Lay brick, block, stone, and tile in an efficient and effective manner.
• Place concrete in structures including foundations, flatwork, and decorative items.
• Express knowledge of residential, commercial and industrial methods of construction.
• Read and interpret drawings and specifications.
• Use and operate related equipment such as masonry saws, mortar mixers, and small jack hammers.
• Work diligently and productively.
• Work as a productive team member.
• Apply required safety standards in construction.


Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit