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TRADE EDUCATION CENTER

The Brick & Block Masonry Certificate Program is the first comprehensive, hands-on training to be offered by UT Arlington's Trade Education Center. Training is employment focused. Employers will attend training to hire qualified students into positions at $15-$17 per hour upon course completion. Masons-in-training will receive personalized help with course tasks and projects from a master mason instructor with years of contracting, construction, and teaching experience. Courses will take place off campus in both North Houston and Grand Prairie, Texas. Training is catered to both English and Spanish speaking students. Applicants must be 18 years of age and older in order to enroll. Students do not have to be admitted to UT Arlington to register! Follow the links below for more information. It's a craft! Register Today!

About The Course | Questions? Phone: 214-861-9315 Email: tec@uta.edu


Upcoming Classes

Grand Prairie classes run Mondays and Wednesdays during the times and dates specified below. We can also offer day and weekend classes (call for more information). Houston classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day on Fridays. All classes include a preferential interview session with masonry employers for jobs starting at $15-$17/hour.

  • February 13, 2017 - June 28, 2017 (5PM to 9PM)
  • July 3, 2017 - November 15, 2017 (5PM to 9PM)

Need to train your employees? Contract classes available! We will customize the course to fit your specific needs. Call 214-861-9315 for more information.

How To Register

Download the Student Registration Form and submit the form to the contact information listed on the form.
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Having trouble? Call 214-861-9315 to complete the form on the phone.

Course Description

Each Brick & Block Masonry course elevates students to a Level 1 Mason accredited by the Texas Masonry Council (TMC). Classes run Monday through Friday for 8 weeks in Grand Prairie and for 20 weeks in Houston for a total of 320 contact hours. Contract classes with flexible schedule available. During the course, students will work from an NCCER Masonry Level-1 textbook and learn from an experienced, bilingual master mason instructor. Lessons consist of hands-on experience with masonry tools, equipment, and materials. OSHA 10-hr cards are received during training. Preferential job interviews by major Texas masonry contractors will take place during every course.

Prerequisites

  • Must be 18 years of age and older.

  • Desire to pursue a masonry career is required.

  • Ability to work construction (hot, cold or inclement weather/heavy lifting) is required.

  • Adherence to safety lessons is required.

  • Personal transportation to class and work is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • You do not need to be admitted to the University of Texas at Arlington to attend masonry training.


Course Resources


Course Materials

All materials will be provided during the course with the exception of steel toe work boots. Books, handouts, use of tools, use of equipment, masonry materials, use of PPE, and OSHA 10-hr training and cards are included in the course registration fee. Students may receive books and handouts in either English or Spanish. Please wear long pants, shirts with a 4-inch sleeve, and steel toe boots to class!

Note: Students will be prone to having training mortar cover their clothing. Please dress accordingly.

Who Should Register?

Do you like spending your time creating or building things with your hands? Do you not mind being outdoors in any weather? Are you concerned with your own safety and the safety of others? Then the Brick & Block Masonry Certificate program might be the perfect course for you! Brick & Block masons must work outdoors in nearly any weather, including inclement conditions such as hot Texas summers, or icy winter months – but a comfortable salary and benefits offered by most construction contractors compensates for these rigorous conditions. (See Job Outlook)

Why Start a Masonry Career with UT Arlington?


Accreditation

The UTA Brick & Block Masonry Certificate Program is accredited by the Texas Masonry Council (TMC) - a nonprofit trade association comprised of masonry contractors/suppliers in Texas working together to promote the use and the benefits of masonry. While job placement is not guaranteed, students will have access to contacts that are seeking to hire Level 1 Masons via the TMC. Students will work from a Masonry-Level 1 text designed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

Note: The Brick & Block Masonry course is not accredited by NCCER.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) places Brickmason and Blockmason helpers as one of the fastest growing occupations from now until 2022. View the statistics here. Helpers – Brickmasons & Blockmasons (Level 1 Masons) can expect to make $15-$17/hour their first year working after completion of the course. In 2015 the median annual wage for Brickmasons and blockmasons was $47,950 per year! View at the BLS. With additional experience, students can expect further pay increases. The BLS estimated the mean annual wages of brickmasons and blockmasons to be $51,750 in 2015!

Check out the brickmason career building pathway here.

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