EXPLORE THE ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The Architecture and Construction cluster prepares individuals for careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment. Individuals pursuing a career in the Architecture and Construction cluster work on new structures, restorations, additions, alterations, and repairs.

Top 6 Careers in Demand in Illinois

CONSTRUCTION LABORERS
53%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $53,640

CONSTRUCTION CARPENTERS
62%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $62,140

First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
85%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $85,890

Pipe Fitters and Steam Fitters
82%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $82,350

solar energy installation managers
85%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $85,890

Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
80%

Minimum Education Requirements: High School Diploma, Associates Degree, On the Job Training

Average Annual Salary in Illinois: $80,450

Career Pathways

Architect
Architectural and Civil Drafter
Civil Engineer (structural, geotechnical, transportation, etc.)
Civil Engineering Technician
Code Official
Computer Aided Drafter (CAD)
Cost Estimator
Drafter
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician
Electrical Engineer (electronics, security, telecommunications)
Environmental Designer
Environmental Engineer (hydro engineering, acoustical, etc.)
Environmental Engineering Technician
Fire Prevention and Industrial Engineer
Interior Designer
Landscape Designer
Landscape Architect
Materials Engineer
Mechanical Drafter
Mechanical Engineer (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, etc.)
Modeler (traditional and computer)
Planner/Designer
Preservationist
Programmer
Protection Engineer
Regional and Urban Renderer (traditional and computer)
Specifications Writer
Building Surveying and Mapping Technician
Surveyor

Boilermaker
Carpenter
Carpet Installer
Concrete Finisher
Construction Craft Laborer
Construction Engineer
Construction Foreman
Construction Inspector
Construction Manager
Drywall Installer
Education and Training Director/Coordinator
Electrical & Power Transmission Installer
Electrician
Electronic Systems Technician
Elevator Installer
Equipment and Material Manager
Estimator
Explosives Worker
Field Supervisor
Floor Layer
General Contractor/Builder
Glazier
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Insulation Worker
Iron/Metalworker (structural and reinforcing)
Landscaper/Groundskeeper
Lineworker
Manufacturer’s Representative
Mason
Millwright
Painter
Paperhanger
Pipe Fitter
Pipelayer
Pipeline Installer
plasterer/Drywall
Plumber
Preservationist
Project Inspector
Project Manager
Roofer
Safety Director
Sales and Marketing Manager
Scheduler
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installer
Service Contractor
Sheetmetal Worker
Specialty Contractor
Specialty Trades Subcontractor
Steamfitter
Subcontractor
Superintendent
System Installer
Terrazo Worker and Finisher
Tile and Marble Setter

Boilermaker
Carpenter
Carpet Installer
Concrete Finisher
Construction Manager
Construction Engineer
Construction Foreman
Construction Inspector
Cost Estimator
Demolition Engineer
Drywall Installer
Electrician
Elevator Installer
Environmental Engineer
Equipment and Material Manager
Estimator
Facilities Engineer
Field Supervisor
General Maintenance Contractor
Glazier
Hazardous Materials Remover
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
Heavy Equipment Operator
Highway Maintenance Worker
Hydro Testing Technician
Insulation Worker
Iron/Metalworker (structural and reinforcing)
Landscaper/Groundskeeper
Maintenance Estimator
Maintenance Planner/Scheduler
Manufacturer’s Representative
Mason
Millwright
Operating Engineer
Paperhanger
Pipe Fitter
Pipelayer
Plumber
Preservationist
Project Inspector
Project Manager
Refractory Technician
Relay Technician
Reliability Engineer
Remodeler
Restoration Technician
Safety Director
Sales and Marketing ManageR
Scheduler
Security and Fire Alarm System Installer
Security Controls Manager
Service Contractor
Sheetmetal Worker
Specialty Trades Contractor
Steamfitter
Subcontractor
Substation Mechanic
Superintendent
System Installer
Terrazo Worker and Finisher
Thermal Control Technician
Tile and Marble Setter
Utility Metering & Reg.Technician
Wastewater Maintenance

District Specific Pathways

Pathway Courses:

Year 1 – Introduction to Engineering
Year 2 – Principles of Engineering
Year 3 – Civil Engineering and Architecture
Year 4 – Internship/STEM Capstone

*Related Electives: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Oral Communication/ Advanced Speech,
Entrepreneurship, Consumer Ed, Interior Design I & II, AP Calculus and AP Statistics, Drawing and Painting I & II

School Related Activities: Athletics, Skills USA, Tech Club, STEM Club, Speech Team

College Majors (examples): Architectural Drafting , Architectural Engineering , Architecture , CAD/CADD
Drafting Technician , Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering , Drafting/Design Engineering Technicians ,
Electrical/Electronic Drafting , Electrical/Electronic CAD/CADD , Environmental Design/Architecture ,
Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

Certifications Heartland: Industrial Technology (Welding, Construction, Design & Fabrication, Facilities
Maintenance, Industrial Maintenance, Renewable Energy, and Electronics)

Course Offerings: Core Curriculum, Physical Science, Physics, STEM, Calculus, Intro to Industrial Technology, Wood Technology I and II, Economics, Accounting I and II, Ag Business Management, Corporate Literacy, Career Seminar, Senior Internship

Other Opportunities: BACC Civil Engineering/CAD, Construction Trades, Geometry in Construction, Metalworking I and II

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