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Engineering and Architecture

Career Technical Education (CTE) students are prepared for employment in the engineering and architecture industry sector.


The engineering and architecture industry sector is designed to provide a foundation in engineering and architecture sector pathways and occupations for students in California. Students are engaged in a project based learning instructional program. These CTE programs integrate academic and technical preparation providing knowledge of all aspects of these industries with a focus on career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation in four pathways which emphasize real world, occupationally relevant experiences of significant scope and depth. The four pathways are architectural design, engineering design, engineering technology, and environmental engineering.

The CTE programs for the engineering and architecture sectors prepare students for advanced technical training and postsecondary educational opportunities. CTE programs use differentiated instructional strategies to enure comprehension of technical skills for diverse learning styles. The CTE instructional strategies include standard classroom instruction, laboratory, and hands-on contextual learning, project and work based instruction, leadership and professional interpersonal skills development. The knowledge and skills are acquired within a sequential, standards based pathway program. Standards in this sector are designed to prepare students for entry to a career, post-secondary education, or advanced technical training.

Engineering and Architecture Industry Sector Pathways

  • Architectural Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering


Contact Information

Career Technical Education Leadership Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions:   CTE Leadership Office | 916-322-5050
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
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