Construction And Architecture

Programs in Construction and Architecture cover various stages of a construction project – from idea to design to production. The programs in this cluster offer you the opportunity to bring your design ideas to life, work on hands-on construction projects, and master the skills necessary to pursue a career in this field. Opportunities after high school range from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs. Each program in this Industry Cluster focuses on one specific area in the field of Construction and Architecture including: Architecture, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, and Welding.


Pathways

ArchitectureShow More

As a student in the Architecture program, you will learn the basic principles of architecture and learn to use the latest technology to design building and complete architectural drawings. You will master architectural skills such as preparing preliminary drawings and basic layouts; producing working drawings; and creating computer aided drafts.

Schools with Architecture

Schools Application Type
ACE Tech Charter Neighborhood Program
Curie District-wide Application
Dunbar District-wide Application
Juarez District-wide Application
Kelly Neighborhood Program
Simeon Neighborhood Program
CarpentryShow More

As a student in Carpentry you will learn to estimate materials, prepare building sites, install rough framing, and install exterior and interior finishes. Some of your hands-on experiences will include working in the lab to prepare foundations; install rough framing, exterior finishes and interior finishes basic framing (wall, floor, and roof); and choosing types of framing materials. At the end of the program you will have gained the skills needed to design and construct buildings.

Schools with Carpentry

Schools Application Type
ACE Tech Charter Neighborhood Program
CVCA District-wide Application
Prosser Neighborhood Program
Simeon Neighborhood Program
Southside Neighborhood Program
ElectricityShow More

As a student in the Electricity program you will learn the skills necessary to wire interior of buildings. You will practice selecting the size and type of wire installation necessary for installation of furnace motors, vent fans, 3-4 way switches, and switch boxes in drywall.

Schools with Electricity

Schools Application Type
Simeon Neighborhood Program
HVAC and RefrigerationShow More

As a student in the HVAC and Refrigeration program you will learn skills necessary to install and maintain heating and cooling systems. Some of the tasks you will learn to perform include, brazing, soldering, and using gauges to set temperature relationships. At the end of the program you will have the knowledge and skills to service residential and commercial refrigerators, window and central air conditioners, ice machines, forced air furnaces, dehumidifiers and humidifiers.

Schools with Schools with HVAC and Refrigeration

Schools Application Type
Prosser Neighborhood Program
WeldingShow More

As a student in the Welding program, you will learn to permanently bond metal parts. You will practice joining ferrous and nonferrous metals. By the end of the program you will understand the various techniques of welding that will allow you to use your skills in different ways. For instance if you enjoy following instructions to create uniform items you may pursue careers that involve repairing cars, appliances, highway bridges, but if you enjoy creative freedom you may try your hand at creating metal art.

Schools with Welding

Schools Application Type
Simeon Neighborhood Program

How to Participate

College and Career Academy Application

8th Graders
If you would like to attend a CTE Academy for high school, you should:

  • Learn about the different programs on this site
  • Choose the schools and academies you want to apply to
  • Then apply online at www.apply.cps.edu
  • 2015 application will open October 1st

Freshmen
If you are attending a high school with a CTE Academy or CTE School Option program and want to participate should speak with your counselor.

Application Information
The application process for College and Career Academies is very similar to other CPS high school programs such as Magnet and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. The academy application process is part of CPS’s Options for Knowledge program managed by the Office of Access and Enrollment (OAE).


Get A Jump Start On Your Career!

The skills you gain in this cluster can be applied to a large range of careers across multiple industries. The programs in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

Construction and Architecture Chart

 

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Certifications In Construction And Architecture

  • Autodesk Building Performance Analysis (BPA)
  • OSHA Construction Industry Exam
  • OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
  • 608 Refrigeration Certification

Student Organizations

ACE MentorShow More

http://www.acementor.org/

The ACE Mentor Program seeks to engage, excite and encourage high school students to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring. They support their students’ continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants.

ACE is a unique partnership among industry professionals — architects, interior designers, landscape architects, mechanical, structural, electrical, environmental and civil engineers, construction managers, college and university representatives, and other professionals from related corporations and professional organizations — who work together to attract young people to their professions.

Upcoming Events

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CPFTA Information Session (Sullivan HS)

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Chicago Builds Information Session

Chicago Builds Information Sessions
Do you want to prepare for careers in carpentry, electricity, heating

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