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Utah’s Architecture, Engineering & Construction (UAEC) Pathway was created to recruit and expand the pipeline for the next generation of high school students entering the construction and design industry.

The premise of the UAEC pathway is to encourage high school students to enroll in courses that are hands-on and engaging as early as the 9th grade, showing them how many opportunities there are in the AEC industry. The courses and program will expose them to high-pay, high-potential and high-demand career opportunities in architecture, engineering and construction.

UAEC Pathway Tracks

Upon completing all coursework within a pathway track and a 40 hour internship or 2 – 20 hour internship, students will earn an industry-recognized UAEC certificate granted by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. This certificate guarantees graduates an internship interview with participating firms and up to a $5 more per hour starting wage upon completion. This certificate also is stackable at most Utah System of Higher Education institutions—including technical colleges, community colleges, and universities for students to continue into apprenticeships, certificates and degree programs associated with the AEC industry.

The key for this program to be successful is the interaction with industry through work-based learning internships taking place during both the school year and over the summer break. Register below to be a part of the Utah’s AEC Pathway, offering easy access to these regionally established AEC industry internships.

How to Join

Wondering how to join Utah’s AEC pathway as an Education partner? How to access vetted, quality internships for students interested in AEC fields?

What we ask from you:

  • Participate in regular UAEC Pathways meetings
  • Offer as many UAEC tracks as possible
  • Recruit students to participate in Work Based Learning program as interns
  • Support recruitment events at post secondary institutions

What you’ll receive:

  • Engagement with Industry anxious to employ your students
  • Access to summer camps and other recruitment events
  • Connection with Industry to bridge the gap between education and industry

How to Apply

Step 1 – Offer the 2 courses required for any track

Step 2 – Hire engaging teachers and get them trained.

Step 3 – Recruit students to take these classes

Step 4 – Set up 40 hour internships with Industry Partners via your Work Based Learning Coordinator for students who have completed, or are completing, the second course in the pathway of their choice.

Step 5 – Report completers to Talent Ready Utah when they inquire about completers in the spring of each year

Build to Success Summer Camps

The UAEC Pathway has partnered with Keys to Success to develop and run “Build to Success” boot camps—week-long training sessions where students get a taste of what to expect in future classes to help showcase the future possibilities within AEC.

Education Partner Opportunities