Construction Science

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Area

Construction/Operations Management

  • Management of:
    • Human resources
    • Financial resources
    • Materials
    • Equipment
  • Scheduling
  • Estimation
  • Cost control
  • Coordinate trade contractors
  • Direct or monitor construction
  • Review technical documents:
    • Engineering
    • Architectural

  • Compliance:
    • Legal requirements
    • Building and safety codes
  • Construction type:
    • Residential
    • Commercial
    • Industrial
    • Bridges and roads
    • Agricultural
    • Paving and excavation
    • Renovation and remodeling

  • Project management
  • Related Fields
    • Building and code inspection
    • Municipal contracts management
    • Green building consulting
    • Contract administration
    • Purchasing
    • Product sales

Employers

  • Construction management or contracting firms
  • Specialty trade contractors:
    • Plumbing, heating, air-conditioning, electrical
  • Home builders
  • Construction industry

  • Building materials industry
  • Real estate developers
  • Engineering and architectural firms
  • Consulting firms

  • Self-employment/Contract work
  • Local government
  • Educational institutions
  • Large corporations

Strategies

  • Gain practical, technical experience in the construction industry through summer jobs and internships.
  • Learn to work well with a wide variety of people as construction managers must communicate effectively and build relationships with engineers, architects, skilled tradespeople, homeowners, and more.
  • Develop the ability to see the big picture but also be detail-oriented to be successful with project management. Skills in teamwork, leadership, time management, and decision-making are also important.
  • Be prepared to work outside as you may spend significant amounts of time at a work site.
  • Get experience with relevant technology including CAD, GPS, GIS, sensors, electronic information transfer, and estimation software.
  • Join relevant student organizations and seek leadership positions.
  • Become a good problem solver and develop tolerance for unexpected changes or problems, e.g. weather problems or unforeseen delays.
  • Be willing to start as an assistant to an experienced construction manager.
  • Research certification programs offered by the American Institute of Constructors and the Construction Management Association of America.
  • Construction Science/Management degrees prepare students for a wide variety of positions in the construction industry. Research opportunities to find a good fit for your interests and skills.