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Career Pathways: Architecture and Construction

The Architecture and Construction career cluster prepares learners for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment. People employed in these fields work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs.

This career cluster is divided into three pathways:

  • Design/Pre-Construction
  • Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations


Design/Pre-Construction: Man drafting designs.People with careers in design and pre-construction create our future! They turn a concept into a set of plans. Their plans guide other construction professionals as they continue the building process.

Sample occupations include:

  • Architect
  • Computer Information Systems Manager/Designer
  • Computer-Aided Drafter (CAD)
  • Landscape Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Preservationist
  • Renderer (traditional and computer)
  • Surveyor
  • Urban Planner/Designer


Construction: Female supervisor on site.Employees in construction literally build our future! These are the people who build and remodel houses, apartments, industrial buildings, warehouses, office buildings, churches, schools and recreational facilities. This pathway also includes the builders of highways, streets, bridges, tunnels and airports as well as power plants, chemical plants, refineries and mills.

Sample occupations include:

  • Carpenter
  • Education and Training Director
  • Electrician
  • General Contractor
  • Iron/Metalworker
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Project Inspector
  • Project Manager
  • Safety Director


Maintenance/Operations: Nuclear plant.Employees in maintenance and operations keep our future intact! These are the people who unload, inspect, and move new equipment into position. They determine the optimal placement of machines in a plant, assemble machinery, install machinery, repair machinery and perform preventive maintenance. They detect, diagnose and correct minor problems on machinery. They keep the structure of an establishment in good repair. They maintain the smooth operation of refineries, power plants, chemical plants and mills.

Sample occupations include:

  • Boilermaker
  • Demolition Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Equipment Operator
  • Highway Worker
  • Maintenance Planner/Scheduler
  • Millwright
  • Specialty Contractor
  • Thermal Control Technician