9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2015 2:38 PM by Blake Wentz RSS

Got questions about Construction Management?

Blake Wentz

Got questions about Construction Management?  Post here and myself and others will try to answer as best as possible!

  • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
    Trevor O'Brien

    Im thinking on applying as a transfer student to MSOE to study construction management. Does admissions still look at the act score for making decisions?

    • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
      Blake Wentz

      Trevor,

       

      It is my understanding that if you have completed 24 credit hours at another institution then they do not look at the ACT score.  If it is less than 24 credits then it is factored in, but they also look at your performance at the university/college you are at now and also your high school GPA.

       

      I hope that helps!  Let me know if you need more info!

       

      Dr. W

  • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
    Aaron Martinez

    I am currently looking to attend a college for construction management.  One thing that I have noticed that sets MSOE apart from the other schools I am interested in is the accreditation from the ACCE.  What, if any, would be the possible adverse outcomes of not attending a school that is accredited by the ACCE?  Is it comparable to graduating as an engineer from a school that is not ABET accredited? 

    • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
      Jeong Woo

      Aaron,

       

      Thanks for your interest in MSOE CM program. ACCE accreditation means a lot for everyone involved in construction education including construction and engineering companies, students, parents, and universities. ACCE grants the accreditation status for CM programs that meet and maintain the stringent CM curriculum standards developed by ACCE.

       

      There are many benefits of the ACCE accreditation. First of all, the ACCE assures the quality of CM curriculum and graduating students. Secondly, most of the major construction companies in the US are members of the ACCE, and they identify best-qualified CM employees from the ACCE accreditated programs. Most importantly, ACCE-accreditated programs have much more access to industry contacts nationwide.

       

      We are one of the two ACCE-accreditated CM programs in Wisconsin, and many industry partners work with us to improve our CM curriculum and the quality of CM students. This is how our Department has our own Career Night with all industry partners and CAECM students at MSOE.

       

      Please let us know if you have any questions.

       

      Thanks,

       

      Jeong Woo

      Associate Professor

      woo@msoe.edu

  • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
    Larry Watson

    I'm am interested in attending MSOE to study construction management. However, I'm currently preparing to apply for an apprenticeship in the skilled trades. Some apprenticeships can take as long as five years. For someone who ultimately wants to become a contractor, what steps would you recommend I take in regards to skilled trades or Construction management?

     

    Thanks

     

    -Larry


    Jeong Woo

    Blake Wentz

    • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
      Blake Wentz

      Larry,

       

      Good question!  If you are looking to start your own firm, you will need a firm grasp of what the work entails, so being in the trade is a good idea.  But just being a carpenter/electrician/plumber isn't enough to run a company (trust me, I was a pipe fitter and sheet metal guy before I took over my family business).  To run your own firm you will need to have a firm grasp of things like estimating, scheduling, labor laws, project management, and economics/finance to be successful.  That is where the CM degree comes in.  We do have several current students who have had 5-10 years in the trades and are now coming back to school because it opens up more opportunities for them.  If you ever come visit campus I can try to set you up with a few of them so you can hear their side of things (they may be here on the hub as well).

       

      Let me know if you have other questions or want to discuss it further!

       

      Prof W

  • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
    Eric Simandl

    I have an interesting question. I belong to a trade union now for 15 years. I have served an apprenticeship. Prior to that, I obtained a BS from another university and have also obtained an AS from a local tech college recently. While I understand the construction industry very well from materials and processes to how a project goes from inception to commissioning, I lack the knowledge of construction documentation. Bidding, estimation, etc.

     

    What I am curious to know is will this degree round out my education thus allowing me to advance my career to the next step of Project Management and will my previous education and experience advance my standing so I'm not starting from scratch? Further more, there are prior commitments involved. Can this degree be obtained during the evening or online?

     

    Thanks

    Eric

    • Re: Got questions about Construction Management?
      Blake Wentz

      Eric,

       

      Yes this degree would be what you are looking for in terms of moving up from the field into project management.  Your previous BS and AS degrees could count for classes in the CM program, but traditionally work experience does not transfer for courses.  Unfortunately we do not offer this program at night or online, so it may be difficult for you to schedule classes with previous commitments.

       

      What instead i would recommend is the possibility of doing the masters program instead (depending on what your undergrad BS degree was).  We have some exciting options coming up in the fall, if you are interested please give me a call at 414-277-2204 or shoot me an email at wentz@msoe.edu and I can talk to you in more detail about these options.

       

      Thanks!

       

      Prof W