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People with careers in design and pre-construction turn a concept into a set of plans. Their plans guide other construction professionals as they continue the building process.

Courses in design and pre-construction will help prepare students who may be interested in careers such as: 

  • Architect
  • Building Code Official
  • Building Designer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Code Official
  • Cost Estimator
  • Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Designer/Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Interior Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Safety Director
  • Specification Writer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Surveying and Mapping Technician
  • Regional and Urban Planner/ Designer

Education Requirements

Licensing requirements for architects include a professional degree in architecture, a period of practical training and a passing score on all sections of the Architect Registration Examination.

All fifty states and U.S. territories license land surveyors. Most require that surveyors pass a written examination given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying as well as a written examination prepared by the state licensing board.

Community colleges, technical institutes and career technical schools offer one-, two- and three-year programs (including degree and/or certificate programs) in engineering technology with focus areas in civil, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering as well as surveying and drafting.

Four-year colleges and universities offer degree programs in architecture; surveying; urban-planning; interior design; and civil, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering.

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