Construction Management

Construction management involves the oversight and operation of construction projects. Construction engineers design and develop building techniques and materials that are safer, more reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.*

Sample Occupations

  • Cost Estimator
  • Architectural and Engineering Manager
  • Building Inspector
  • Construction Manager
  • Field Engineer
  • Job Expeditor
  • Project Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Designer
  • Field Supervisor
  • Scheduler
  • Site Inspector
  • Equipment Manager
  • Trade Contract Coordinator
  • Commercial Construction Manager
  • Engineering Document Reviser

Types of Employers

  • Manufacturing Companies
  • Construction & Design Firms
  • Engineering & Architectural Firms
  • Building Materials Companies
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Specialty Trade Contractors (ie. Plumbing, Heating, Electrical)
  • Home Builders
  • Self-employment/Contractors
  • Military
  • Research Centers

Preparing for your career in

Seek an internship or co-op to meet employer demand for entry-level employees with experience, develop detail-oriented skills as well as big-picture skills, be prepared to work outside, get experience with the latest technology including CAD, GPS, GIS, sensors, electronic information transfer, and estimation software, learn to work well and communicate well with a variety of people, develop skills to adapt well to changing conditions and unforeseen delays, join relevant student organizations, get leadership experience, plan to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam to increase employability, become fluent in Spanish, develop the ability to describe complex technical concepts in simpler terms

How do I know if its right for me?

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