|Description:||Students learn the theory behind proper masonry construction and gain a solid understanding of the Ontario Building Code, construction safety standards, measuring and testing methods, proper bonding methods, as well as an introduction to construction estimation. Practical projects in brick, block, manufactured units, traditional stonemasonry, and restoration techniques are practised in a shop environment and in field work projects.
Students gain insight into Canadian architectural history, drafting and blueprint reading, construction mathematics, and the concepts of structural support and building envelope theory. In addition, students learn restoration concepts, such as accepted conservation principles, inspecting and recording, deducing problems and determining repair schedules. Organized field trips to masonry job sites, conservation projects, quarries, and other key locations expose students to current industry practices and traditional methods. Shop projects include veneer and composite wall systems, arch design and construction, fireplace and chimney construction, rubble stone construction, setting out and cutting traditional stone moldings, contemporary stonemasonry and traditional dry stone walling. Sympathetic restoration repairs are practised, such as patching, pinning, Dutchman repairs, repointing and stone replacement.