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Construction Management

While the construction industry will always require many persons educated solely as architects, engineers, accountants, and other specialists, it is increasingly clear that the most effective education for the industry’s leaders at all levels of managerial responsibility is a meaningful synthesis of construction, engineering, and business management education at the undergraduate level.

The construction industry’s high regard and demand for our graduates are evidence that a meaningful synthesis has been accomplished.

There are two degree options available to those seeking the BS in Construction Management: The construction management option, accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, is available for those who wish to focus their career in the areas of construction project management. The Architectural Project Management (APM) option is available for those who wish to focus their career in the design/build method of project delivery.

The CM student’s management knowledge and skills learned in the classroom are augmented by their application to actual construction projects in the CM computer labs. CM scheduling, estimating, cost management, and equipment simulation are conducted with state-of-the-art software. Traditional technical skills are enhanced through use of soils, survey, and testing labs.

CM students can also select the APM option. Other course work is further complemented by a comprehensive study of design and construction development projects. The program offers a wide variety of courses in design, art, CAD, professional practice, and law. Special emphasis is placed on constructibility and cost-effective design alternatives. A degree with this option may provide two years of credit toward the architectural licensing requirements.

Faculty and Facilities

The varied academic background of the faculty enables students to develop a wide diversity of theoretical and technical competencies. A primary requirement of construction management (CM) faculty is extensive industry experience in managing construction operations, which assures students of the faculty’s theoretical application being tempered by invaluable knowledge gained from practical experience. The teaching faculty’s industry experience includes management of construction for heavy civil works, buildings, industrial, and real estate development. The faculty’s strong technical and diverse academic preparation includes degrees in construction management, architecture, civil and electrical engineering, business administration and industrial education.

Student Organizations

The IOTA IV Chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi is the international honor society for leaders in construction. The fundamental purpose of Sigma Lambda Chi is to recognize outstanding students in the field of construction. Membership in the society is an honor and is based upon scholarship, leadership, and character, regardless of gender, race, color, or creed.

Experiential Education

Many students gain experience through work with highway, building, electrical, mechanical, and other contractors in estimating, project engineering, contract administration, or in the construction trades or with architectural firms.

Career Outlook

The construction industry is one of the largest goods-producing industries in the U.S.  As a result there continues to be a high demand for CM graduates. The number of job offers per graduate exceeds two, which reflects the continuing demand. In the 2001-2002 academic year over 80 employers recruited graduates and interns on campus through the Construction Management Department. Opportunities abound with construction general contractors, specialty subcontractors, design firms, and material and equipment manufacturing and supply companies.  Types of project assignments are very diverse and may include such areas as heavy civil (roads, bridges, tunnels, marine work), commercial, institutional and residential building. Typical starting job titles may include: field engineer, scheduler, cost engineeer, assistant estimator, superintendent, office engineer, and assistant project coordinator.