Architecture & Construction

The Architecture and Construction cluster is about using your skills in design, planning and management to work in careers building and maintaining structures such as buildings, homes, bridges, or machinery. Work itshere200opportunities include developing new structures, restorations, additions, alterations, and repairs. Construction is the pathway with the highest number of employment opportunities.

Civil engineers – who work on construction projects in the public and private sector – should see prospects grow due to many factors, including the need to upgrade aging infrastructure and an increase in renewable energy projects. Carpenters also should see favorable job prospects.  As the population grows, more homes will need to be built, which will drive the need for carpenters. Home remodeling needs also will drive the demand for carpenters. An increase in construction jobs over the next decade should increase the need for architects. Architects with strong technical skills and knowledge of sustainable, or “green,” design will have better job prospects.

Middle School or Exploratory Courses

No Courses at this time

High School Courses

  1. Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Plumbing I & II: #8503, #8504 (ACE)
  2. CAD- Computer-Aided Drafting/3D Animation I & II: #8530, #8531 (ACE)
  3. Carpentry I & II: #8601, #8602 (ACE)
  4. Architectural Drawing/Design/CAD: #8437
  5. Construction Technology: #8432
  6. Masonry I & II: #8512, 8513 (ACE)

Sample Careers

  1. Architectural and civil drafter or engineer
  2. Environmental designer
  3. Residential or commercial carpenter
  4. Construction worker
  5. Systems configuration manager
  6. Electrical design engineer
  7. Electrician
  8. HVAC/HVACR technician
  9. Building services technician
  10. Painter
  11. Sheet metal technician

High school certifications, licenses and related college majors:

High School/Industry CertificationsCertificate/LicenseCollege Degrees
EPA Technician Examination (Core)ApprenticeshipArchitectural Engineering
CADCivil Engineering
NCCER
Introductory Craft Skill Entry Level
Assessment I/Core: Carpentry, Electricity, Masonry
Construction Management
Interior Design
Urban Planning
All CTE trade and industry classes offer the Workplace Readiness Skills Test

In Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth
Over next 10 years
Job Openings
Projected over next 10 years
High School
Diploma + Certification
Electricians$56,180 per year8% (Much faster than average)62,200
High School
Diploma + Certification
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters$55,160 per year4% (As fast as average)20,900
High School
Diploma + Certification
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
Mechanics and Installers
$48,730 per year4% (As fast as average)15,100
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Construction Managers$95,260 per year8% (Much faster than average)40,400
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Electrical and Electronics
Engineers
$101,250 per year3% (As fast as average)10,800
Bachelor’s
Degree or more
Environmental Engineers$88,860 per year3% (As fast as average)1,700

Student Leadership Organizations

SkillsUSA: SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school, college and middle school students and professional members enrolled in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.