If you dream of designing, planning, managing, building or maintaining the structures where we live, work and play, then exploring Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses in building may be for you! Whether you enjoy working on cars, planning buildings or towns, or working with tools to construct things, these programs will help you develop a blueprint for your future and a foundation for success!
We encourage you to explore the programs listed below that Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) offers that develop skills in design, planning, building and more!
Engineering: Project Lead the Way Project Lead the Way
(PLTW) applies science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to solve complex, open-ended problems in a real world context. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the "right" answer. They learn how to apply STEM knowledge, skills and habits of mind to make the world a better place through innovation.
PLTW Engineering programs provide opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, which are relevant for any coursework or career.
The Engineering: Project Lead the Way Program is offered at Lyman High School and has transfer options.
- Aerospace Engineer (Average Salary $76,575)
- Civil Engineer (Average Salary $83,350)
- Comp Hardware Engineer (Average Salary $70,230)
- Environmental Engineer (Average Salary $70,890)
- Mechanical Engineer (Average Salary $79,880)
Architecture is the work of designing, creating and problem solving. Architects use science, technology. Engineering and math (STEM) to assess problems and create solutions. This can include the construction of new bridges or buildings, the development of new materials or the invention of new images technologies. Engineers work with building materials, electronics and even the environment, depending on their field of work.
Drafting/CAD is offered at Lake Brantley High School and Lake Mary High School and does not have transfer options.
- Architectural Drafter (Entry Level Wage $16/hour, Average Wage $23/hour)
- Architectural Manager (Entry Level Wage $38/hour, Average Wage $60/hour)
- Mechanical Drafter (Entry Level Wage $18/hour, Average Wage $25/hour)
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair
The automotive industry is big business in the United States – so big, in fact, that one out of seven Americans is employed in the field in some capacity! The United States is the world’s second largest marketplace for motor vehicles due to the size and affluence of its population.
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair helps students build and refine their skills while working towards careers in the automotive industry. These programs offer a sequence of courses that provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers.
These programs are NATEF/ASE certified and so are the instructors. Students will also have an opportunity to earn state recognized industry certifications as well as dual enrollment credit with Seminole State College.
Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair is offered at Lyman High School, Oviedo High School and Seminole High School and does not have transfer options. However, both schools offer after school classes that are open to all high school students.
- Auto Service Mechanic (Entry Level Wage $12/hour, Average Wage $19/hour)
- Insurance Appraiser (Entry Level Wage $25/hour, Average Wage $31/hour)
Automotive Collison Repair & Refinish
The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinish program prepares, trains, and educates students to enter the workforce upon graduation as productive community members. The program is NATEF/ASE certified in structural repair, non-structural repair & refinishing. Students work with industry standard equipment to master the trade of automotive repair and refinishing.
Opportunities to use air tools, body shop specialty tools and spray equipment are included in the program. Students then apply this knowledge by repairing panels, fenders, doors, and hoods. Year one finishes with four months of welding experience. Level two students learn basic electrical and mechanical systems including suspension, steering systems, brake systems, transmissions and motors. In levels three through five, students master dent repair, priming and painting. Students will also build their entrepreneurship skills by learning how to write estimates to maximize their earning potential beyond high school.
The Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish is offered at Seminole High School and does not have transfer options. However, Seminole High School offers after school classes that are open to all high school students.
- Auto Body Technician (Average Salary $44,020)
- Auto Service Advisor (Average Salary $37,105)
- Car Audio Installer (Average Salary $30,500)
- Bus/Truck Mechanic (Average Salary $43,440)
- Mechanic Auto Tune Up (Average Salary $39,065)
Construction in the 21st century requires an attention to detail, a willingness to work with others and knowledge of the tools and methods of modern construction. As construction continues to grow and drive the Florida economy, the demand for qualified construction professionals in the field of residential and commercial structures will increase.
Advances in green technology will provide even greater opportunities to build the future. In these courses, students will develop academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning, problem solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills and on-the-job safety responsibilities.
Students can take the skills and knowledge learned in these courses to the next level by pursuing industry certifications or workplace learning experiences. All skills and content are delivered by experienced instructors who hold nationally recognized industry certifications.
Construction is offered at Lake Brantley High School, Lake Mary High School, Lyman High School, Seminole High School and Winter Springs High School and does not have transfer options.
- Building Inspector (Average Salary $49,160)
- Carpenter (Average Salary $36,000)
- Construction Worker (Average Salary $38,270)
- General Contractor (Average Salary $72,750)
- Plumber (Average Salary $38,300)