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The Architecture and Construction program involves occupational careers in the designing, planning, management, building and maintaining the built environment, and in performing routing service work and related duties on utility systems. This Youth Apprenticeship program focuses on three pathway areas:
Careers ranging from architecture to welding are found within this cluster.
Students can choose from three occupational areas with options to specific pathways.
Students will build basic skills in reading blueprints, plans, and specifications, interpreting symbols and procedures, identifying and executing job prep needs, and selecting tools and materials. There are six areas to choose from:
Students who work in the Design/Pre-Construction pathway turn a concept into a set of plans, which guide other construction professionals as they continue the building process. There is one area to choose from:
Careers in utilities pathways vary from performing routing service work and related duties on utility systems to assisting and providing support in the installation, repair and maintenance of a natural gas distribution system. There are two areas to choose from:
Below are some examples of careers wages in each pathway. Visit the Occupational Employer Statistics page to find average wages for a specific occupation not listed.
Carpenters: Average $50,760
Civil Engineers: Average $78,660
Construction Managers: Average $113,270
Cost Estimators: Average $57,990
Drywall and Ceiling Title Installers: Average $46,450
Electrical Engineers: Average $86,020
The Department of Workforce Development recommends taking the following courses:
Classroom instruction maybe offered by qualified instructors within the school district, at another school district, a Wisconsin Technical College, a University, through virtual/online learning, and/or by the employer.
This list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the types of classes a student needs to take for success in this field. Regional Coordinators can help with finding courses that are best for the chosen pathway and will inform students on the related instruction for each pathway. DWD also recommends outside activities/clubs for an enhanced experience such as:
Get started by talking to a school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator, or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study). Contact DWD Youth Apprenticeship Staff for general or statewide program information.
Architecture and Construction Occupational Pathway