Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE)

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Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE)

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Unique, hands-on laboratory and classroom experiences in basic architecture, construction, and engineering skills. Learn practical skills from industry experts, experience jobsite tours, and more!

Students will develop the entry-level skills and knowledge needed to explore the many careers available in the industries of architecture, construction, and engineering.

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Course Offerings may vary. Contact your high school or nearest Kirkwood location for local options.

CON-101 | Architectural Plans and Specifications | 3 credits

Introduces the skills and methods for understanding and interpreting construction drawings and technical specifications for residential and commercial buildings.


CON-190 | Construction Lab | 3 credits

Provides introductory construction lab experience in a project-based environment that emphasizes teamwork, communication, productivity, and the soft skills required for success in the construction industry. Students are introduced to hand and power tools commonly used in construction, along with basic residential and commercial construction systems and construction safety. Construction systems may include foundation systems, floor systems, wall systems, roof systems, exterior finishes and interior finishes.


CON-313 | Structures of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing | 3 credits

Continues the study of materials, methods and terminology used in modern construction. Focuses on mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and their coordination with other systems. Includes the use of charts and tables to evaluate system requirements.


SDV-135 | Job Seeking Skills | 1 credit

Assists students who will be seeking an internship, or part-time or full-time employment. The areas that will be covered include how to research the job market and companies, writing resumes and cover letters, improving job interviewing techniques, and how to utilize Kirkwood's job search assistance services


WBL-148 | Workplace Project-based Learning: Industrial Technology | 2 credits

Students may find immediate employment opportunities in the community after completing the ACE Academy. Be prepared for further training in the architecture, construction, or engineering industries and gain a competitive edge for local apprenticeship programs.

Average Salaries

Construction & Building Inspector

Industrial Engineer

Civil Engineer


For more information about career pathways in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering, visit

The Kirkwood Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associates, bachelors, and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Architectural Technology, Carpentry, Construction, Masonry Technology, Plumbing Technology or Civil Engineering.

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, specific transfer information can be found at All About Transferring.