Architecture and Construction


Do you enjoy working with your hands? Prepare for a career as a carpenter by learning how to construct raw materials into finished products and structures. You will use hand and power tools while applying knowledge of math and safety while working in the shop. Explore the often underestimated and lucrative careers connected to the building trades.

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Begin Your Journey

Construction Core

Learn how to use basic hand and power tools while applying safety skills and construction math to build objects using blueprint drawings. Consider the personal impacts on the environment and carbon footprint awareness.

Carpentry I

Build introductory knowledge and skills for basic carpentry including terminology, how to use building materials and power tools, and read construction drawings, specifications, and layouts.

Carpentry II

Take your carpentry skills to the next level by learning roof framing procedures, roofing applications, thermal and moisture protection, windows and exterior door installation, exterior finishings, and weatherization.

Carpentry III

Develop advanced technical aspects of carpentry with the emphasis on commercial drawings, cold-formed steel framing construction methods, drywall installations, drywall finishing procedures, doors and door hardware installation, and windows, door, floor, and ceiling trim procedures.

Get Certified

NCCER Core: Introductory Craft Skills

This certification serves as an introduction to fundamental and critical skills that all construction professionals need to possess

OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety and Health

Provides workers with basic and more advanced training about common safety and health hazards on the job.

NCCER Carpentry Level 1

This certification ensures proficiency in using power tools, interpreting construction plans, framing walls, building roofs, and installing windows and doors.

Expand Your Journey

Found your passion? These courses relate to this career pathway and may align to your career and college goals. Find out which of these may be available at your school and consider adding them to your Course Plan in Xello.

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Browse enhancement courses:

  • Business Essentials
  • Drafting I
  • Interior Design Fundamentals
  • CTE PreApprenticeship Lineworker

Earn College Credit

Get a head start on your college education by taking advantage of dual credit opportunities. There are CTE courses that can articulate to the community college, meaning they will award college credit. Also, the Career & College Promise (CCP) program allows eligible high school students to enroll in community college classes

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Articulated Credits

  • CAR-110 Intro to Carpentry
  • WOL-110 Basic Construction Skills
  • CST-110 Intro to Construction

Architecture and Construction

Careers focused on designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.