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.
Students can choose from two 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 five 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 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