Career Journeys in Architecture & Construction

Architecture & Construction

Within Architecture & Construction you’ll find careers ranging from skilled crafts such as plumbing and carpentry, to design, drafting, architecture and construction management. It is one of 16 industry clusters defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. Like others it covers many careers and multiple industries. Often careers straddle more than one, so some jobs in this category may also be found in others. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook. Adults using these resources to help students explore careers may also find it helpful to use the Career Journeys Supplemental Materials we’ve prepared for teachers and counselors.

Putting it all together as an industrial engineer

Overseeing a couple of school projects, including one in shop class, put Liza Rigucci on a path to become an industrial engineer with Mascaro Construction Co.

Solving problems through design

As a residential architect and founder of his own firm, Joel Farkas sees his role as solving problems people sometimes don’t even recognize in their living environments—from needing more light to changing traffic flow or blocking out noise—and making their lives better as a result.

Going from apprentice to journeyman is like earning a black-belt

Like many in the building trades, Eddie Peterson became a carpenter because he wanted to work with his hands and build things.

Construction takes teamwork, time-management

John Mascaro, Jr. describes his industry as one made for people skilled in any of 16 trades as well as business and operations staff whose training ranges from four-year colleges to associate’s degrees.

Nonprofit founder pegs learning to learn as most important skill

Through her own education as an architect, Nina Barbuto pursued her passion for creativity. As founder and Executive Director of Assemble, she’s helping foster creativity and learning to empower communities.

Construction Superintendent’s days are long, but all very different

Joe Armbruster, a Superintendent with Mascaro Construction Co., followed up his carpentry apprenticeship with a degree in construction management and now oversees many different kinds of building projects.

Mascaro seeks candidates with communication and critical thinking skills

As someone who helps screen employees at Mascaro Construction Co. Dave DeChicchis, who works as an Estimator, says he looks for candidates with outside interests as well as communication and critical thinking skills.

Project management brings different challenges every day

As a Project Manager for Mascaro Construction Co., Baily Keilbach finds every day is different except for one thing: there’s always a new problem to solve.