Students - FAQs
Your mentors will be successful designers, engineers and contractors, from leading design and construction firms, who volunteer their time and energy. They can offer you a taste of what it is like to work in these fields and help you decide what career is right for you.
Your mentors will assist you during your experience and into college and your career. They are your future network in the industry.
ACE has also partnered with many apprentice and training programs for students who are interested in the skilled crafts.
ACE Programs, called “affiliates,” are located around the US and Canada. To see if there is an affiliate in your area, please click here.
Each affiliate has their own schedule for participant registrations, meetings and activities. Please reach out to the affiliate near you for more details.
Your mentors will develop a program that will help you explore the many exciting career paths in our industry.
Sessions might include hands-on activities, office tours, videos, and field trips to expose you to the various disciplines within the industry.
Also, you will be challenged with an actual design project. The project could be redesigning a residence, a new high school, or planning to bring the Olympics to a major city! Your mentors will guide you along each stage of the project. At the end of the year, you and your teammates will put on a presentation of your work, which your parents and teachers will be invited to attend.
Each team presents their project to the other teams. The students explain the problem that they were trying to solve, how they approached it, and they present their solution(s). Students show their models, drawings, electronic graphics, or any other material that they developed.
This event also serves as a graduation ceremony for ACE.
The program is free. What we ask is that you give us your invaluable time. Your commitment to the program will lead to a great career in the construction industry the second largest industry in the country.
Teams meeting places and times are all different. Meetings are typically held once a week or every 2 weeks for a total of 15 meetings, after school, from about 4pm to 6pm. Each team tries to meet on a set day of the week, so make sure that it does not conflict with other activities in your schedule.
Teams may meet at your school, while other teams may go to mentors’ offices or a community meeting place.
Please reach out to the affiliate near you for details.
ACE is open to high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Depending on the number of available openings in the local chapter, juniors and seniors may be given preference.