This Career Cluster® is focused on careers in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment.
The Employability Skills for Career Readiness Standards must be an integrated component of all CTE course sequences.
The Architectural Design program introduces students to the principles of architectural design. Areas of emphasis include spatial reasoning, elements and principles of design, application of the design process, advanced digital drawing techniques, building codes, and professional presentation techniques.
The Construction Technology program provides students the opportunity to develop technical skills that are used throughout the construction industry. Areas of study include safety, blueprint reading, carpentry and rough framing, exterior finishing applications, surveying, site development, scaffolding, electrical, plumbing, concrete, and masonry.
Drafting and Design
The Drafting and Design program provides students with the principles of technical and architectural drafting and design concepts. Areas of study include sketching, dimensioning and annotation, construction and engineering documentation, 3D modeling, problem solving, critiquing, and team building.
Furniture and Cabinetmaking
The Furniture and Cabinetmaking program will introduce students to the various stages of construction, fabrication, and assembly of wood products and related materials. This program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, construct, and finish furniture and/or cabinets in the woodworking industry. Through the program activities the student will gain an understanding of safety procedures, machine operation, and industrial applications including the software and hardware components of computer numerical control (CNC) equipment.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR)
The heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration program provides students with the opportunity to develop technical skills that are used in the HVACR industry. Areas include an introduction to HVACR, trade mathematics, thermodynamics, components of the refrigeration cycle, basic electricity, introduction to heating and combustion, piping principles, soldering and brazing, compressors, refrigerants, and metering devices.
The Interior Design program provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of interior design. Areas of study include elements and principles of design and their application in residential and commercial design; historical, cultural, and technological influences; architectural styles and housing types; fundamentals of house plans, home construction, and house systems; green, sustainable, and ecological considerations in design; furniture styles, construction, and arrangement; financial considerations; and careers and professional practices.