Construction management is a professional service that focuses on each part of the construction process of any built environment: the project's schedule, cost, quality, scope, and function. It is used for industrial, commercial, and residential building types. Construction managers are uniquely qualified through combined education and field experience to work with all individuals involved.
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To be properly prepared for this career, students study construction processes and techniques, scheduling, estimating, construction project supervision, building modeling, virtual design and construction applications, business principles, accounting, and more. Students learn to perform specialized project management techniques independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams. They learn to apply sound communication, business, financial and ethical principles in the management of people and resources in the design and construction industries. They will grow intellectually and keep informed of new concepts and developments in architecture and/or construction.
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Graduates with a degree in Construction Management have a wide range of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree, or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Highlighted Career Paths
Construction managers usually work in the office with occasional trips to the construction site. They may facilitate more than one project at a time. They are less involved in the managing people and more involved in managing the project from beginning to end. They plan to avoid problems, procure resources needed to complete the job, establish and work within budgets, maintain high quality standards of construction progress is aligned with all business goals. Project managers have responsibilities to hire needed foremen, crews, and other professionals to accomplish the work. They oversee business contracts and obtain building permits for the work that is being done.
Project engineers usually work in an office but may be in the field more than a construction manager. They are involved in schedule preparation, resource forecasting and planning, quality control, and performance management of vendors. They help drive projects to completion by reacting quickly to day-to-day issues. They work closely with project managers and company executives to secure any resources necessary to push a project toward timely completion.
Field engineers spend most of their time out in the field managing the daily construction processes of assembling building materials, creating safe and appropriate methods for building erection, and assembling and assigning manpower to accomplish daily tasks according to established construction schedules. Field engineers often travel from one job site to another when needed.
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Getting Started in This Degree
If you want to get a taste for Construction Management, start with one of the following major-specific courses:
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