Architecture and Construction Occupational Pathway

Architecture and Construction Occupational Pathway

The Architecture and Construction pathway involves careers in the designing, planning, management, building, and maintaining the built environment. This Youth Apprenticeship occupation area focuses on two pathways:

Careers ranging from architecture to welding are found within this cluster.

Architecture and Construction Pathways

Students can choose from two 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 five 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 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
  • 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

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

Related Classes

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:

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

View the comprehensive program guide.