The International Masonry Institute (IMI) has partnered with the University of Toledo to promote the masonry trade and the use of skilled Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers for projects by offering two educational hands-on workshops.
In November, students from a UT engineering class attended a masonry workshop held at the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center. With the help of BAC Local 3 Field Representative Matt Abrel, apprentices and Ohio IMI Director Tom Elliott, students had the opportunity to see how several masonry systems work and the type of skill required to properly install them.
The UT students were exposed to Concrete Masonry Unit (block) and got their hands dirty as they grouted and installed rebar. By introducing the students to structural masonry, Elliott hopes they will use CMU as a structural element in their future designs.
Elliott said most students said the volunteers they made bricklaying look easy. The more work the students performed, the greater appreciation they gain for the skill it takes to do the job.
According to Elliott, the workshops help the industry by showcasing the training available to BAC members and the value skilled masonry journeymen add to a project.
Another workshop will take place in March for an architecture class.
The IMI is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.