Everywhere you turn today, you see the work of a skilled mason: In office buildings, homes, schools, factories, municipal buildings and even the mall.  The Art of block and brick laying, tile setting, concrete finishing, and stone setting are all components of the trowel trades, more commonly called masonry.


The Massachusetts Trowel Trades Association, also known as the MTTA, was started in 1998 by the masonry instructors that actively teach in Massachusetts Vocational Schools.  Today we have six participating schools.


  • Baypath Regional
  • Greater Lowell Tech
  • Monty Tech
  • Essex Tech
  • Shawsheen Valley Tech
  • Whittier Tech


The MTTA was formed to aid and help fund schools' new and existing programs. Amongst us, we have the entire masonry curriculum that has been aligned with the DOE Frame Works.


We have support of many masonry suppliers around the state whom are very generous with donations which aid in teaching our students.


The Association has a monthly meeting and all masonry instructors are encouraged to attend.  It gives everyone opportunity to share what they are working on, and brain storm future projects.


We organize a yearly masonry contest that is hosted by a different school within our association.


Our organization is committed to the training of highly skilled students in all aspect of the trade. Our programs conform to the ever changing demands of the industry while still maintaining the highest standards of craftsmanship.


Please contact me if you're interested in forming a masonry program at your school.  We're here to help!


Dave Collins

President MTTA




2018-2019 MTTA Board of Directors 


President - Dave Collins

Vice President -Larry Bradley

Treasure - Dan Hagan

Secretary - Tim Lavoie


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Congratulations to the MTTA President & Essex Tech Masonry Teacher Dave Collins!

MTTA is proud to announce, Captain Pete Cignetti of the Essex County Sheriff"s Department reached out to our own MTTA President Dave Collins this past summer asking for help in developing a ground breaking Vocational Program in which to train Pre-Release Inmates from their center in Lawrence, MA . Participants will be instructed by Mr. Collins, a full time Masonry teacher at Essex Tech in Hawthorne, MA in Hardscaping which includes concrete pavers with some light masonry.
E.C.S.D. Grant Writers Leah Harrington and Gary Barrett were vying for four available Perkins Grants which would enable the program to run four times a year. Each course is 8 weeks in duration, and upon completion participants would be certified through New England Concrete Manufacturing Association.
This will enable participants in procuring quality, high paying jobs upon release from the correction institution.

Larry Nicolai,  President of New England Concrete Manufactures Association, Essex County Sheriff's Department Leah Harrington, MTTA President Dave Collins and E.C.S.D.'s Gary Barrett
at the NECMA Holiday Meeting on December 13, 2018 at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA where Dave was Recognized for his outstanding work in the Masonry field.