Program Spotlight- Masonry

Teacher Spotlight- Mr. Weber  


What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

“Increased enrollment. Moving the mixer to outside area similar to what you would see on a job site.”


What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

“Bricklayers, laborers, tele handle operators. Self- employed is another option some take.”


What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

“Basic skills are really important, like using the trowel, level, laying to the line. Also basic knowledge of the trade itself.”


What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?

“Learning to set up and work from mobile scaffolding platforms. Students were given the opportunity to see and use the Mule at the Bricklayers Union Open House last year. (Mule- Material Unit Lift Enhancer).”


What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

“Learning to use a foot rule or tape measure.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Students come in to the class, get changed and answer a daily question and math question. Students then proceed out into the shop area to work on assigned projects or their own designed project, depending on the lesson and level of student. Multiple assignments outside are done also, even things around the school campus.”


What advice would you give student who have completed your program?

“Keep a positive attitude, be motivated and believe in your ability.”


How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

“I am now entering into my 4th year at CPAVTS.”


What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

“I went to Dauphin County Tech, and graduated in 1985. I worked two years as a residential mason. I entered into the Bricklayer Union in 1988. I worked as a jobsite foreman for 29 years before starting as a Masonry Instructor at CPAVTS.”



Student Spotlight- Masonry Student

Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

“You learn how to work together to plan out designs and then how to execute that build design.”


What is the hardest part of your program?

“Retaining information. There is a lot to learn.”


What is the most fun part of your program?

“For me building with my own hands and being creative with work is the best part.”


What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

“Mixers, saws, material unit lift enhancer (MULE).”


What is your plan for after high school?

“Upon graduating, I plan to work in the trade with Caretti Inc.”



What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

“Graduating with my classmates.”

What are you the most proud of learning in your program?

“Learning how to cooperate with others in the field when it comes to building a design that requires more hands.”


Explain a typical day in your program.

“Get off the bus and into shop, get dressed in my uniform, answer EQ for the day and get to work for the next couple of hours on the shop floor.“


How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

“Just being able to do work in a trade during the school day, and learn something I find useful.”


What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

“Always make it a point to watch, and learn, from the students who work the hardest and work well.”