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Architecture & Construction

If you dream of designing, planning, managing, building or maintaining the structures where we live, work and play, then the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster is for you.

This career cluster is organized into three career pathways:

  • Construction
  • Design and Pre-Construction
  • Maintenance and Operations

Careers


Students in architecture and construction learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Architectural and civil drafter or engineer
  • Environmental designer
  • Residential or commercial carpenter
  • Construction worker
  • Systems configuration manager
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Electrician
  • HVAC/HVACR technician
  • Building services technician
  • Painter
  • Sheet metal technician

Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.

Career and Technical Student Organizations


Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.

The student organizations for architecture and construction are:


It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.

After taking CTE classes in architecture and construction, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • Construction-related apprenticeships
  • Two-year college programs in construction management, architectural drafting and design
  • Four-year college programs in architecture and design

Education After High School

It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.

After taking CTE classes in architecture and construction, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • Construction-related apprenticeships
  • Two-year college programs in construction management, architectural drafting and design
  • Four-year college programs in architecture and design

Student Resources


Middle and High School

Apprenticeship and College

More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:

Additional Resources

For Educators

Forms and Standards

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.

CIP Codes for this cluster: