Construction managers are the people who get things done. They make sure that projects—from skyscrapers to stadiums to subdivisions—are built well, on time and on budget.
MSOE’s B.S. in construction management program educates students to manage projects from conception to completion. MSOE stresses the technical process and resource management skills essential to safely construct high-quality commercial, institutional and industrial buildings on time, within budget.
You’ll study modern construction materials and methods; accurate estimation, scheduling and controlling; and efficient, legal and ethical project administration and management. Business, basic engineering and communication will also be a part of your education. You’ll find the laboratory-based, learn-by-doing, small class educational philosophy of MSOE is proven highly effective.
The construction management degree seeks to develop four primary qualities in graduates:
- Technical ability
- Managerial knowledge
- Leadership skills
- Professional ethics
The placement rate for MSOE construction management graduates was 100% in 2013-14, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $53,111.
CM graduates started great careers with companies including:
- Kiewit Construction Co.
- Boldt Construction Co
- Turner Construction
- Power Construction Co.
- Mortenson Construction
- GE Johnson Construction
- Hansel Phelps Construction
- McCarthy Construction
- Michels Corp
- Gilbane Construction
- C.G. Schmidt Construction
- JF Ahern Co.
- Butters Fetting
- Pieper Electric
- Faith Technologies
Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from early development to completion. Although many construction managers work from a main office, most work out of a field office at the construction site where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities.
You may want to consider CM if you …
- Understand organizational leadership imperatives
- Work effectively with other people, but are independently resourceful
- Are able to prioritize and complete multiple, time-constrained requirements effectively
- Apply mathematics and science to enhance analysis and decision making
- Are able to do mathematics and detailed work with accuracy
- Possess strong written and oral communication skills
Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Career Night
Each year, the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) hosts their annual Career Night which is planned specifically for the benefit of the students belonging to the department. Companies who come can expect students eagerly looking for opportunities in the civil and architectural engineering and construction management fields. This event provides companies and students a more intimate setting than the large MSOE Career Fair at the beginning of the school year.
Students in the Architectural Engineering Program have the opportunity to compete in several regional and national student competitions. MSOE has been one of the most successful programs in the country, and here are just some of the results:
- Design/Build Institute of America (DBIA) – National Champions 2014
- Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Design/Build Champions – 2003 thru 2010, 2013 and 2014
- ASC Region 6/7 National Open Champions in Preconstruction – 2010, 2011, 2012
- ASC Region 3 National Open Champions in Preconstruction – 2011, 2013
- National Electrical Contractors of America (NECA) Green Energy Challenge National Champions – 2010 and 2011
- ASC Region 3 National Open Runner-Up in Electrical – 2013
- Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) National Student Competition Champions – 2011 and 2013. National Runner-Up in 2006 and 2008
- ASC Region 3 National Open Champions in Virtual Design and Construction – 2011 and 2014
- ASC Region 3 National Open Champions in Healthcare – 2014
Curriculum Year by Year
Take general courses related to the construction management field while also honing math and communication skills.
Courses become more specific sophomore year, when students learn about mechanics of materials, construction methods and more.
Learn more about the specifics of managing a construction project your junior year, including project financial and cost control, equipment management, scheduling and management principles.
During your senior year, you’ll work with students across majors—just like in a business setting—to take a real client’s concept to the design phase. As a construction manager on a team, you’ll prepare and revise contract documents, budgets, schedules and assorted administrative plans. In addition to full-time professors, your team will work with a construction management practitioner who is your mentor and brings a heightened sense of reality to the experience. Through this, you integrate virtually all skills and knowledge of earlier years of study, gaining a comprehensive understanding of your role in the modern building construction industry.
The baccalaureate program in construction management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), 1717 North Loop 1604 East, Suite 320, San Antonio, TX 78232-1570; phone (210) 495-6161, fax (210) 495-6168, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more here.
Dr. Jeong Woo