Architecture & Construction

This Career Cluster prepares learners for careers in designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the building environment. People employed in this cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations and repairs.

Architecture and construction comprise one of the largest industries in the United States. Based on the latest statistics, this career cluster has 13.8 million jobs. In the next few years, many new jobs will be added and many employment opportunities will result from the need to replace experienced workers who leave jobs.

2014-15 Programs of Study

Production Design

In the Production Design program of study, students learn progressively more advanced skills to produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional scale drawings and orthographic projections using computer-aided drafting (CAD) software. As they progress through the POS, students create increasingly sophisticated drawings for a variety of applications: engineering drawings (including architectural, civil, or plan drawings), assembly drawings, welding and process drawings, cross sections, 3D representations, bills of materials, and schedules. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in an Entrepreneurship capstone and be prepared to further their study at a postsecondary institution in architecture, engineering, construction, and a number of related fields.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Electrical Systems

The Electrical Systems program of study prepares students with substantial knowledge and skills typically required for apprentice electricians. In this POS, course content focuses on both residential and commercial electrical systems, covering concepts and skills such as Ohm's law, conduits, conductors, National Electrical code (NEC) and local codes, overcurrent protection, lighting systems, three-phase motors, motor control circuits, sizing raceways, boxes, and fittings, and connecting distribution transformers. Upon completion of this POS, students will have participated in a laboratory experience conducted in a shop environment, in addition to being prepared for further study at the postsecondary level after taking an Entrepreneurship capstone.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Masonry Construction

Masonry Construction prepares students with the skills and knowledge related to masonry construction in both residential and commercial structures. Course content covers safe practices, interpretation of construction drawings, basic laying techniques, masonry reinforcement, arch construction, accommodations for weather, design of panel and curtain walls, construction planning, and scheduling. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in an Entrepreneurship capstone and will have acquired the skill and knowledge base typically required for apprentice masons.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Concrete Construction

Concrete Construction prepares students with the skills and knowledge related to reinforced concrete construction in residential and commercial structures. Course content covers safe practices, construction drawing interpretation and site layout, composition of concrete, principles of reinforcement, form construction, load analysis, placing, curing, and testing concrete, design of concrete mixes, and design of reinforced concrete members. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in an Entrepreneurship capstone and will have acquired the skill and knowledge base typically required for apprentice concrete artisans.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Plumbing

Plumbing prepares students with the skills and knowledge related to residential and light commercial plumbing. Course content covers concepts and skills such as water distribution processes, installation of hot and cold water systems, cutting and fitting pipe, physics principles, fuel piping systems, pressure reducers, backflow prevention devices, troubleshooting and repair, and DWV piping, vents, and drainage. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in an Entrepreneurship capstone and will have acquired the skill and knowledge base typically required for apprentice plumbers.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration (HVAC/R)

The HVAC/R program of study prepares students for entry-level employment or advanced training as a service technician in residential and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Course content covers tools and equipment, safety, hazards unique to HVAC/R work, physics principles, mechanical refrigeration cycle, installation and servicing of HVAC/R systems, electricity, thermodynamics, psychometrics, diagnostics, forced air furnaces, air distribution systems, and heating/cooling load analysis. Upon completion of select courses in this POS, students will be eligible to take the Core, Type I, and Type II technician certifications of the EPA Proper Refrigerant Usage and Handling examination. Additionally, students will have had the opportunity to participate in an Entrepreneurship capstone as well as school-based and work-based learning experiences.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Welding

The Welding program of study is designed to prepare and certify students as entry-level welders. Basic arc welding and thermal cutting skills are developed over a series of three courses, which position students to complete a series of industry certification tests. Following the completion of the third-level Advanced Welding Applications and Certification, including successful passage of the industry certification tests, students will be certified as an Entry Level Welder as defined by American Welding Society QC10.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Carpentry

Carpentry prepares students with the knowledge and skills related to residential and commercial carpentry. Course content covers wood, metal, and concrete building materials, fasteners, hand and power tools, fabrication based on construction plans, framing of platform and post-and-beam structures, stairs, installation and trim of windows and doors, installation and repair of gypsum wallboard, advanced site layout, exterior finish work, thermal and moisture protection, and introduction to welding. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in an Entrepreneurship capstone and will have acquired the skill and knowledge base typically required for apprentice carpenters.

Course Standards

*Satisfies ½ credit of Economics required for graduation.

Interior Design

The Interior Design program of study is designed for students interested in becoming residential or commercial interior designers. Course content covers concepts and skills such as elements and principles of design, sketching techniques for perspective floor plans, computer-aided drafting, board presentation techniques using textiles samples and three-dimensional sketches, building technology, building codes, product applications, product testing research and development, and project management for the interior design industry. Upon completion of this POS, students will have had the opportunity to participate in a work-based learning internship or similar placement, and will be equipped for further study of interior design at the postsecondary level.

Course Standards
Last Update: August 13, 2014