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Const-040 - Fundamentals of Masonry - Daniel Bell, M.E.M.

Course:Fundamentals of Masonry
Professor:Daniel Bell, M.E.M.
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Professor Daniel Bell

Hello and welcome to my course! I am a California Licensed General B and C6 contractor. I hold a Master of Engineering Management in construction project management from the University of Alabama Birmingham. I am an OSHA-authorized instructor for 10- and 30-hour certs. I have a deep-rooted passion for construction technology and sharing it with others. I am here to support you and would like you to be successful in this course. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Course Description

This course explores the fundamentals of masonry construction, principles, and techniques including brick and Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) installation.

At the end of this course, you should be able to: Evaluate the appropriate and safe use of masonry tools and materials, applications, and building techniques in residential construction. Construct a masonry wall demonstrating the safe and appropriate use of hand and power tools.


What to Expect in this Course

This is a hands-on course that will require in-class participation. The first 45 minutes of this class will be a lecture/review of the assigned reading material from homework. Written tests will be given on a provided computer during class time. Hands-on performance tests will be observed during class live. Assignments will be turned in and graded through Canvas recommending access to a computer outside of class. The remainder of the class sessions will be hands-on practice with tools and materials. The purchase of a textbook with an online access code and safety equipment may be required to complete this course.

Types of Assessments

Written, multiple-choice tests will be given on a provided computer during class time. Hands-on performance tests will be observed during class live. Assignments will be turned in and graded through Canvas recommending access to a computer outside of class.

Textbook Information

Construction Technology Trainee Guide 4th Edition

ISBN# 978-0134130392

You will need the online publisher's access code with the book for testing. This book is used for several Construction Technology classes to distribute the cost.  

Other Relevant Course Information

This is a fun hands-on course that will require the use of hand and power tools. For your safety, pants and boots will need to be worn as part of (personal protective equipment) PPE during the Lab and it is your responsibility to bring them. All other PPE items may be provided during class.

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 10/15/2023 Sub#: 1664