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Concrete Industry Management

The Need for CIM

In the United States, concrete is a $200 billion dollar industry with 500,000 people employed in a variety of careers. These individuals build the roads, bridges, dams and public works that keep America’s infrastructure strong. Concrete is the foundation that keeps America’s office buildings, retail stores and parking structures standing strong. Further, concrete is also used to create some of the safest and most energy-efficient homes.

  • Concrete is used more innovatively than ever before, which has created an urgent need for individuals with focused concrete technology skills that also include a broad education (math, science, oral and written communication, management) to move the industry forward.
  • Construction is the only goods-producing sector of the U.S. economy that is expected to grow. Where there’s construction, there’s concrete.
  • Concrete is a long-standing staple in the construction industry. Look around at the buildings and structures that surround you every day - what would be left standing if you were to take away the concrete? Did you know that concrete is the second most highly used substance in the world - second only to water.
  • Concrete is versatile, durable, and environmentally friendly.
  • When concrete is required, there have to be professionals trained in concrete technology and management. The concrete industry is looking to the CIM program to develop the work force that’s going to assume the roles of the concrete professionals who will be retiring during the next 10 to 15 years. To avoid losing that knowledge base, companies are hiring and will continue to hire industry-knowledgeable graduates to work side-by-side with their long-standing production, operations, technical support and project managers, sales representatives and others who serve as their mentors to train and develop the future professionals of the concrete industry. Why not choose to become one of those professionals by enrolling in the Concrete Industry Management program

The concrete industry has invested more than $3 million in CIM. To meet the growing need for concrete professionals, the CIM program is offered at leading universities around the country including Middle Tennessee State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Texas State University and California State University, Chico. The concrete industry could easily support more than 500 CIM graduates per year. To increase enrollment, the concrete industry has committed to the program and its graduates by offering scholarships each year. The CIM Patrons continue to play a major role in helping support and advance the CIM program by helping provide concrete professionals, association leaders and industry consultants who work with administrators to make sure CIM graduates are fully prepared for a career in the concrete industry.

Fast Facts

  1. One of only four programs in the United States.
  2. A record of 100% job placement in the concrete industry.
  3. Created by members of the concrete industry who continue to support the program today.
  4. Over $50,000 in annual scholarships for CIM majors.
  5. Industry travel & networking opportunities.
  6. Small concrete course class sizes.
  7. Courses in concrete technology and in business administration: a business administration minor is embedded in the curriculum.
  8. Curriculum also includes industry certifications, which are highly valued by employers.
  9. Three student clubs, in addition to a student ambassador group.
  10. Graduates are broadly educated to be able to thrive in various sectors of the concrete industry: sales & marketing, quality control management, project / plant management & concrete estimating & contracting.