Construction & Design Abstract

Design & Construction

A Design & Construction professional will learn and practice designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining structures. With a current annual growth rate of 10.1%, the demand for individuals with design and construction skills continues to increase in Montana.

Wondering what else is out there? Take our Career Interest Quiz if you’re not sure which pathway is for you.

Tiny Houses, Big Dreams

Learning by doing is so important. At Highlands College of Montana Tech, construction students designed and built tiny houses completely from scratch. 
Carson- Contruction Student
My goal is to get out there and be able to run a job site.
Carson Shuman
Highlands College of Montana Tech

Certificate of Applied Science

One year of study.
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Heating/Cooling (HVAC) System Mechanic

  • Average Salary:  $53,180
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average
Two Line Workers in Cherry Pickers

Telecommunications Line Installer

  • Average Salary:  $57,490
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Fast

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Two years of study
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Surveying & Mapping Technician

  • Average Salary:  $46,900
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average
Draft Drawings

Mechanical Drafter

  • Average Salary:  $65,080
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average

Bachelor's/Master's Degree

Four to six years of study.


  • Average Salary:  $79,730
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average
Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer

  • Average Salary:  $81,080
  • Job Growth (10 yr):  Average

Make Your Way Into the Design and Construction Field

Whether you’re just exploring in high school, still undecided as a college student, or an adult who is wondering if this field is right for you, you can take steps today to enter the design and construction industry. Find out what you can do no matter where you are.
  • 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
  • Geometry
  • Senior Year Math
  • CPR
  • Small Business
  • Interior Space Planning & Design
  • Interior Design
  • Project Planning Construction Technology
  • Construction Law
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • 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
  • Interior Designer
  • CAD Draftperson
  • Carpenter
  • Cost Estimator
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Dry Waller
  • Tile Setter
  • Landscape Architect
  • Stonemason

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