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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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If you would like to attend a CTE Academy for high school, you should:
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.
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).
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:
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.