Masonry Program

Masonry Apprenticeship Program

About the Program

ABC NM Masonry apprentices earn competitive wages and benefits while working on the job. Depending on the training period an apprentice’s wages are based on a percentage of the journeyperson rate for public works projects or a wage survey for non-public works jobs.

The ABC NM Masonry Apprenticeship Training Program encompasses a minimum of three years and 6,000 hours of on‐the‐job training. Applicants, who can document prior experience, may be eligible to take a placement test and could potentially begin their apprenticeship training program at a higher-class year.

A normal workweek is 40 hours. However, due to the nature of this industry, hours may be more or less depending upon weather conditions, other trades, job delays or other unforeseen situations. Apprentices should be prepared to travel to job sites. Dependable transportation and a valid driver's license are required.

ABC NM Masonry apprentices attend school 5 day of block training 8am – 5 p.m., 4 semester weeks a year (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) for 3 years. Apprentices may also be required to attend scheduled Saturday classes throughout the year. In class, ABC NM instructors teach practical application and theory. In addition, demonstrations and “hands‐on” instruction are conducted on safe and proper methods.

After completing ABC NM’s apprenticeship program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from the State of New Mexico and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. More importantly, they will have the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workforce, and hours required for the journeyman license.

Because of the length of the program, commitment to the classroom and on‐the‐job performance requirements, one should be passionate about and dedicated to their chosen trade. When making selection decisions, ABC NM looks for candidates who want to become career Masonry/Bricklayer.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) developed the apprenticeship programs to help meet construction industry demands for skilled craftspeople. The ABC NM Masonry Apprenticeship Program is accredited by the State of New Mexico, and the US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. ABC’s apprenticeship programs help contractors maintain a safe and skilled workforce. With competition as stiff as it is today, quality performance is critical in order to bring construction projects in on time and under budget.

About the Masonry Trade

  • Studies blueprints, sketches and building plans for information pertaining to required materials and dimension of structure or fixture to be fabricated. Selects specified type of block and brick to cut, lay, clean, and reinforce.
  • Prepares construction drawings, format plans, dimensioning and scaling, and estimating materials. Explains how to read and identify drawings for commercial structures, interpret and create plans for architectural, structural, and shop drawing.
  • Constructs techniques for residential and small structure foundations, steps, patios, decks, chimneys, and fireplaces.
  • Reinforcing steel, support masonry structures, rebar and bond beam lintels.
  • Work with metal components, including metal rods, joint reinforcements, plates, anchors, fasteners, and hollow metal frames for doors and windows.
  • Construction inspection requirements and quality control, presents procedures for inspection and testing masonry materials and finished masonry construction.
  • Repairs and restoration of masonry problems of weathering, settling, stain, etc.
  • Leadership in communication, problem solving, safety, project planning, scheduling, and estimating.