Construction Technology, Architecture and Welding

Ocean County Vocational Technical School adult construction trades students building a house for a family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity

County vocational-technical schools prepare students for careers in all aspects of the construction industry, including building trades, architecture, drafting and design, and facilities maintenance and operations.

Most districts offer programs for both high school students and adults in construction trades, like carpentry, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and welding. Thanks to great partnerships with local employers and labor unions, many districts offer work-based learning opportunities and apprenticeship training, too.

Students in these high-demand fields develop hands-on skills, as well as experience in planning, designing and estimating project costs. Construction-related programs also provide training in safety, related mathematics and science, and small business skills.

Career pathways in this industry include:

  • Architect
  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • Energy Efficiency Expert
  • General Contractor
  • HVAC Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Building Manager
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Engineer
  • Energy Technician
  • Iron/Metal Worker
  • Plumber
  • Welder
A Monmouth County Vocational School District carpentry student using a precision saw to work on a project
Hudson County Schools of Technology architecture and woodworking students visiting Eastern Millwork, a major producer of custom interiors and a major supporter of the district
A female Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools HVAC/R student with the equipment she is learning to operate

For students and parents:

To see the construction-related programs offered by the county vocational-technical school in your county, find your school.


For adult students:

To find construction career training opportunities at county vocational-technical schools near you, use the “Find Adult Career Programs” tool.


For more information about careers in construction, architecture, and welding:

Check out videos on various career pathways in construction trades, architecture and welding at NJCareerConnections.

O*Net Online has comprehensive information on all types of jobs, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.

Build Your Future created by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, is a great resource for anyone considering a career in architecture or the technical trades.

The American Welding Society says the US could need more than 400,000 new welders by 2024.