The Architecture and Construction career cluster comprises one of the largest industries in the United States. Earnings in this career cluster are higher than average and it offers more opportunities than most other industries for individuals who want to own or run their own business. This career area also offers many opportunities for adult apprenticeship after training.
This career cluster prepares students for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintain the building environment. People employed in this cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs. Students in this youth apprenticeship learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-secondary opportunities. These opportunities could include two or four-year college programs, apprenticeships or employment. Students in this apprenticeship have the option to participate in the following pathways:
- Construction Pathway
- Carpentry Fundamentals
- Electrical Fundamentals
- Masonry/Concrete Fundamentals
- Mechanical/HVAC Fundamentals
- Plumbing/Sprinkler Fitting Fundamentals
The student will also have to complete OSHA 10 Construction and First Aid for this program.
- Entering junior year or senior status
- Display a genuine interest in the Construction Pathway
- Compile a professional portfolio of designs/projects to show during the interview
- Interview effectively and are hired in a construction position
- Maintain a high level of attendance in school and on the job
- Secure transportation to the job
- On-track for high school graduation
Students take courses at their high school that are part of the program of study for construction that provide the related classroom instruction needed to compliment the worksite training. Such courses can include:
- Construction I & II
- Architectural Drafting
- Advanced Woods Courses
Students may also have the opportunity to obtain the NCCER Core Certificate and/or OSHA 10 through their construction class. Either of these certifications are valuable to obtaining employment in this industry.
Talk to your School to Career Coordinator or Technical Education Instructor for further information.
The employer provides opportunities to experience the basics of construction careers in relation to the competency checklist. They provide a mentor to guide and train the student. The employer also evaluates the student on a quarterly basis.
The student can be employed in any construction related business – general construction, carpentry, plumbing, masonry, HVAC and electrical. Roofing is one area that is not allowed unless the student is 18 years old. They also are able to provide the student with the competency-based training in the construction area that is specific to the student’s career interest. The positions for these students are usually 2-3 hours a day after 1 p.m., but can be in the morning depending upon the business and the student’s high school schedule. The student needs to be employed a minimum of 450 hours for the one year program and 900 hours minimum for the two year program.
Credit between school districts varies, but typically the student will receive 1/2 – 1 credit per semester for the work experience and the same for their classroom training. All students should receive a wage according to the type of work they are performing.