Faculty honors construction graduates

January 24, 2012

Writer: Benjamin Yates, Scroll Staff

The housing market has slowed down considerably, but there are other parts of the construction industry that continue to build.
Commercial, industrial, civil and even international construction are in need of good, qualified workers.
During the Fall 2011 Semester, 24 students graduated from the Construction Management (CM)Program.
Of those students, 23 were able to obtain employment, some with multiple job offers. The remaining student chose graduate school over employment opportunities.
Reed Nielsen, a faculty member in the Design and Construction Management Department, said in 2005 that 80 to 90 percent of graduates were going into residential construction.  The numbers have changed.
“The last couple of semesters, 80 to 90 percent are going into commercial, heavy civil engineered projects and industrial projects. Few are going into residential,” Nielsen said.
The construction work field has changed, but graduates continue to find employment.
Rudy Puzey, Design and Construction Management Department chair said even though the CM Program has room to grow in preparation for employment opportunities, now is the perfect time to get started in the CM Program.
“I have companies contacting me looking for interns and graduates, even when jobs are tight, they love BYU-I students,” Puzey said. “We are looking for more students to join our program now because as the industry continues to improve, companies will be looking for more and more good employees.”
Part owner and project manager of Headwater Construction, Logan Bingham, chairs the CM department’s advisory committee.
Bingham has been impressed with the preparation the construction management and architecture programs provide to students’ career preparation.
Bingham and the committee, which he chairs, is made up of many different companies in the construction, architecture and interior design industry.
They work closely with the department faculty to ensure that the curriculum being taught is what employers are looking for.
By the time students leave the program, employers know exactly what they are going to get when they hire a BYU-I graduate.
“I have been impressed as I have worked closely with the faculty; they really care about the students; they focus on preparing them to enter the industry. They come out with a lot more than just a certificate,” Bingham said.
Students come out of the program with knowledge of the building processes and how to manage a project, and a reputation built by graduates who have gone before them.
The program and faculty continue to prepare those graduating to uphold that reputation and to be the employee that employers are looking for.
“Because of the values that come with the students, we know what we are going to get. You know that you are going to get someone who is honest and hardworking; the value system is worth as much as the experience,” Bingham said.