Design & Construction Career Pathway

Certificate of Applied Science (1 year)


Associate in Applied Science Degree (2 years)


Bachelor's/Master's Degree (4-6 years)


    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Internships
  • Job Shadow
  • Service Learning
  • Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Tour a Materials Testing Lab
  • Tour a Lumber Yard
  • Tour a Construction Site
  • Volunteer for Community Service Projects

    College Major Options


  • Interior Space Planning & Design
  • Interior Design
  • Project Planning Construction Technology
  • Construction Law
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    Career Options


  • Interior Designer
  • CAD Draftperson
  • Carpenter
  • Cost Estimator
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Dry Waller
  • Tile Setter
  • Landscape Architect
  • Stonemason
Industry Recognized Credentials
AAFCS Credentials: Housing and Furnishings, Interior Design Fundamentals
American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
OSHA 10 and/or OSAH 30 Safety Training
American Institute of Construction (AIC)
National Center for Construction (NCCER)
American Concrete Institute Certification (ACI)
National Council for Interior Design (NCID)
Recommended High School Courses
    Design & Construction Courses:

  • Construction or Carpentry
  • Shop Safety
  • OSHA 10
  • Computer Aided Design or Hand Drafting
  • Textile Design
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Welding or Metal Working
  • Interior Design/Housing & Design
  • Intro to Architecture
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Geometry
  • Senior Year Math
  • CPR
  • Small Business
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Design & Construction Courses:

  • Intro to Interior Design (IDSN101)
  • Basic Rigging (CSTN135)
  • Geographic Information Systems (SRVY290)
  • CAD Drafting (DDSN 101, 102, 113, 114, 118)
  • Solidworks (DDSN135)
  • Construction Fundamentals (CSTN100)
  • Carpentry Basics (CSTN120)
  • Field Experience-Building (CSTN195)
  • Blueprint Reading (WLDG117)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Technical Math (M111)
  • Extended Technical Math (M114)
  • Chemistry (CHMY121/122)
  • Accounting I (ACTG101)
  • College Writing (WRITE101) or Technical Writing (WRIT121)
  • Intro to Communication (COMX111 or COMX 115)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
City College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Highlands College Missoula College Montana State University Bozeman MSU Northern University of Montana