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CTE- Architecture and Construction

The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster focuses on designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment. Principles of Architecture provides an overview of various fields of architecture, interior design, and construction management.

Architectural Design

The high school CTE Architectural Design program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with developing, engineering, and designing structures and facilities. This program of study may also include collecting and interpreting geographic information, researching and preparing maps, and interior design.

Work-Based and Expanded Learning Opportunities in Architectural Design

High School CTE Architectural Design Certifications

Architectural Design Salary Information

Architectural Design Occupations
Average Salary
Architects
$77,043
Geographic Information Analysts and Surveyors
$58,926
Architectural/Civil Drafters
$50,170
Construction Managers
$87,402

Carpentry

The Carpentry high school CTE program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to constructing, installing, or repairing structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms (including frameworks, partitions, joists, studding, rafters, and stairways). This program of study may also include exploration into installing, dismantling, or moving machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Work-Based and Expanded Learning Opportunities in Carpentry

High School CTE Carpentry Certifications

Carpentry Salary Information

Carpentry Occupations
Average Salary
Carpenters
$35,922
Cost Estimators
$63,939

Construction Management and Inspection

The high school CTE Construction Management and Inspection program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with cost estimates for construction projects or services to aid management in bidding on or determining the price of products or services. Construction Management and Inspection studies may also include exploration into inspecting structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations.

Work-Based and Expanded Learning Opportunities in Construction Management and Inspection

High School CTE Construction Management and Inspection Certifications

Construction Management and Inspection Salary Information

Construction Management and Inspection Occupations
Average Salary
Construction and Building Inspectors
$53,914
Cost Estimators
$63,939
Construction Managers
$87,402

Electrical

The CTE Electrical high school program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. The Electrical program of study may also include exploration into installing and repairing telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

Work-Based and Expanded Learning Opportunities in Electrical

High School CTE Electrical Certifications

Electrical Salary Information

Electrical Occupations
Average Salary
Electrical Linemen
$54,184
Electricians
$44,013
Electrical and Electronics Installers
$37,544
Security and Fire Alarm Installers
$43,638
Telecommunication Line Installers and Repairers
$49,150

HVAC and Sheet Metal

The high school CTE HVAC and Sheet Metal program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with installing, serving, or repairing heating and air conditioning systems. The program also studies the fabrication, assembly, installation, and repair of sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. The HVAC and Sheet Metal program may also include exploration into preparing cost estimates for certain construction projects involving heating and air conditioning and sheet metal.

Work-Based and Expanded Learning Opportunities in HVAC and Sheet Metal

High School CTE HVAC and Sheet Metal Certifications

HVAC and Sheet Metal Salary Information

HVAC and Sheet Metal Occupations
Average Salary
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics
$41,808
Sheet Metal Workers
$37,419
Cost Estimators
$63,939

Masonry

The high school CTE Masonry program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to laying and binding materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, and other types of mortar and substances to construct or repair walls and other structures. Masonry may also include exploration into raising and uniting iron or steel to form completed structures or structural frameworks and building structures using stone.

Work-Based and Expanded Learning Opportunities in Masonry

High School CTE Masonry Certifications

Masonry Salary Information

Masonry Occupations
Average Salary
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$44,013
Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers
$32,739
Cost Estimators
$63,939

Plumbing and Pipefitting

The Plumbing and Pipefitting high school CTE program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to assembling, installing, or repairing pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems. This program of study can include maintaining pipe supports or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or proce