Construction and Architecture

At the end of the day, if you like to step back and really see what you’ve done. You may be perfect for a career in construction. Whether you are outdoors building the skyline, or inside adding the finishing touches to a project, a career in construction provides an opportunity to create, rejuvenate and develop new buildings and infrastructure.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Coating, Painting and Spraying Machine Setting Setter and Operator $12.36
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Workers $16.84
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Cabinetmaker and Bench Carpenter $16.85
Carpenter $17.63
Welder,Cutter, Solderer, and Brazer $17.68
Heating, AC and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer $19.18
Architectural and Civil Drafters $19.24
Plumber, Pipefitter, and Steamfitter $20.46
Electronics Engineer $37.52
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Mechanical Engineer $36.68
Engineering/Construction Manager $41.48
Architectural and Engineering Managers $70.20

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Home Builders Association of West Florida (Green) Construction Trades Pine Forest High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
A.C. Refrigeration & Heating Technology George Stone Technical Center
Advanced Welding Pensacola State College
Architectural Design & Construction-Technology Pensacola State College
Carpentry Pensacola State College
Electricity Pensacola State College
Electronics Engineering Pensacola State College
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Pensacola State College
Plumbing Pensacola State College
Welding Pensacola State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Building Construction University of West Florida
Electrical Engineering University of West Florida
Mechanical Engineering University of West Florida

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

For more information about career and technical education in Escambia County middle and high schools, please visit Escambia County Schools Workforce Education.

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