Arch-Const-BigArchitecture & Construction

If you dream of designing, planning, managing, building or maintaining the structures where we live, work and play, then the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster is for you.

This career cluster is organized into three career pathways:

  • Construction
  • Design and Pre-Construction
  • Maintenance and Operations

Architecture & Construction Courses

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(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to accounting concepts, career options, and the accounting cycles of a proprietorship, partnership and a corporation. Students will complete accounting business simulations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Accounting I

Students continue working with accounting concepts, career options and the accounting cycles of a corporation. Students will complete accounting business simulations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Dual credit is available through Flint Hills Technical College.


(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Enrollment by application only

This course is an independent study for students desiring additional experiences in a specific area of technology. This course may be repeated for credit.


(Gr 9, 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the skills needed to be employable and successful in the workplace. The course also allows students to explore different career areas. Students examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, and determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.


(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Accounting I & Accounting II

Students will learn how businesses plan for and evaluate their operating, financing and investing decisions and how accounting systems gather and provide data to internal and external decision makers. This course covers all the learning objectives of traditional college-level financial and managerial accounting courses. Kansas State University, Wichita State University, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University and Sterling College currently grant college credit for students passing the end-of-course qualifying exam.


(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course is a study of computer-aided drafting, mechanical and architectural drafting, design and problem-solving.


(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

The course provides a basic understanding of the graphic design process using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, professional graphic design software. Topics include analyzing design elements and principles and learning composition techniques to develop a quality product for personal use, school use, and community use.


(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course introduces students to Computer Numerical Control (CNC). Students program a three-axis milling machine and a two-axis lathe. This course prepares students for specialized training in 21st Century manufacturing. This course is articulated through Butler Community College and FHTC.


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course explores the personal characteristics and resources needed to start and run a small business profitably. Instruction includes the basics of planning, organizing, financing, starting, operating, and managing a small business in the free enterprise system. Students complete a business simulation, develop and run a business. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design. Students will learn to make appropriate selections of colors, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and furniture. The students will develop skills in architectural drafting and space planning.  Class projects include decorating sample rooms and designing floor plans.  Exposure to career opportunities will be made though speakers and/or field-trips.


(Gr 9-11) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Algebra I Essentials or Honors Algebra I

This course is a Euclidean-based geometry and is the first course in mathematics where formal logical reasoning is stressed. This course provides students with the opportunity to study undefined terms, congruence, constructions, transformations, and inductive and deductive reasoning to develop logical proofs exploring properties of two- and three-dimensional objects. Instruction also stresses improvement of algebraic skills.


(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

In this course, students study drawing techniques, such as figure drawing, portraits, landscapes, perspective, abstract, etc. Students also study color, design, form and composition. Students try drawing, painting, various kinds of printmaking, collage, and work on individual and group projects.  


(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed for those interested in developing skills and competencies needed for careers in marketing, merchandising, and management. Students will cover such topics as advertising, promotions, product development, marketing research, selling, human relations and career explorations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.


(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester physical science; weighted)

Prerequisite: Algebra I & II and Geometry

This elective course introduces students to the field of physics. Students will develop skills in problem-solving and proper use of a variety of scientific equipment. Major topics include motion, force, energy and waves.


(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

In this course, students use a variety of materials, tools and equipment as they develop methods for mass production and create unique products. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.


(Gr 11,12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: Production: Material Processing I & Production: CADD or Production: CNC

This hands-on course teaches students skills and knowledge related to the materials and processes used in manufacturing. Students use a variety of materials and equipment in fabricating projects individually and in a mass production setting. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.


(Gr 9-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course will focus on areas of physical science that apply directly to technology application and development. Topics covered include force, work, energy and power as well as mechanical advantage, efficiency, pressure and force transfer. This is a laboratory class and students are expected to apply basic mathematical principles to solve problems. This is the first course in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sequence and is designed to give students background information needed for future STEM courses such as Robotics and Emerging Technologies. Successful completion of this class will count as a physical science credit. This course is articulated through FHTC.


The Construction Technology curriculum is approved by the Association of General Contractors for training in carpentry and construction. Phases of residential or light industrial construction such as framing, cabinetmaking and design are emphasized. Each year the class builds a 1600-square-foot house from the ground up.

Open to juniors and seniors.

WELDING TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_28 and FHTC300_29)***

Classroom instruction includes lectures and demonstrations in the concepts of welding. Welding certifications are offered for different types of welding. Instruction covers technical skills needed by individuals to enter the work place as a welding technician.

Open to seniors.


Students in architecture and construction learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Architectural and civil drafter or engineer
  • Environmental designer
  • Residential or commercial carpenter
  • Construction worker
  • Systems configuration manager
  • Electrical design engineer
  • Electrician
  • HVAC/HVACR technician
  • Building services technician
  • Painter
  • Sheet metal technician