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Architecture and Construction Occupational Pathway

Architecture and Construction Occupational Program

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.

Architecture and Construction Programs

Students can choose from three occupational areas with options to specific pathways.

Construction Pathway

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:

Design/Pre-Construction Pathway

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:


Construction Pathway

  • Carpenter
  • Code Official
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Construction Engineer
  • Construction Foreman/Manager
  • Construction Inspector
  • Contractor
  • Design Builder
  • Drywall Installer
  • Electrician
  • Electronic Systems Technician
  • Equipment and Material
  • General Contractor/Builder
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Operator and Operating Engineer
  • Mason
  • Painter
  • Paperhanger
  • Plumber
  • Project Estimator
  • Project Inspector
  • Project Manager
  • Roofer
  • Safety Director
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Specialty Contractor
  • Superintendent
  • Tile and Marble Setter

Design/Pre-Construction Pathway

  • Architect
  • Building Code Official
  • Building Designer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Code Official
  • Cost Estimator
  • Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Environmental Designer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Fire Prevention and Protection Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Interior Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Regional and Urban Planner/Designer
  • Safety Director
  • Specification Writer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician

Utilities Pathways

  • Electric Line Worker
  • Gas Distribution Technician
  • Metering Technician
  • Substation Electrician

Average Wages

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

Getting Started

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.

Learn more about the bridging program between YA and Registered Apprenticeship.

Architecture and Construction Occupational Pathway