When you were a child, did you stack building blocks as high as your height would allow attempting to make a tall skyscraper? Perhaps you were the kid that came up with cool durable designs using legos or an erector set? Or, maybe you lead or supported a group of friends to construct a fort or a tree house. You may not have known it then, but you were playfully mocking what many construction managers do in industry.
Construction managers play a critical role in building the infrastructure in the developing world. Whether you aspire to work for a company, or work as an independent contractor, your job as a construction manager will be to plan and coordinate the logistics for a variety of building projects which may include; commercial and industrial structures, roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, schools, churches, and hospitals. Construction managers rely on their creativity, management, and construction science education and background to oversee part or an entire project from conception to final construction; making sure the project is completed on time, and within budget.
According to the bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of construction managers is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities will be best for candidates with work experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field”. The median annual wage of construction managers was $83,860 in May 2010 for those with five years’ experience.
The job outlook posted by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the growth in job market for construction managers will be the higher than the total of all other occupations. These data are expressed in the chart below based on the data from the bureau.
Engineering and related service firms
Building code compliance
Construction project management
Specialty trade contractors (electrical, heating and air-conditioning, general building, plumbing)
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree has been upgraded at the suggestion of faculty industry leaders and the Engineering Technology Industrial Advisory Board, to ensure that the degree prepares students for the many changes and challenges in the construction industry. The degree is comprised of a comprehensive engineering core, and a management core; which will help build or expand a student’s technical, management, and problem solving skills.
Like any other industry, construction codes and professional requirements are constantly changing. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree at Lawrence Tech has been continuously upgraded, providing you with an updated curriculum that can help you develop your ability to articulate and implement innovative management strategies, while finding solutions to technical obstacles in the field.
The program is available to full and part-time students, and most of the program’s core courses are offered in the evening, making it easier to complete the degree, while balancing work and family responsibilities.
Enrolling in any Engineering Technology program offers you the opportunity to interact with a student oriented faculty and staff that are committed to your academic success. To learn more about the Engineering Technology Department faculty and staff, click on the “Meet the Department” tab.
“ I have 25 years of construction experience, including the successful completion of trade school. I have learned more about construction engineering management taking courses at Lawrence Tech, than trade school and industry experience combined. Courses that I have taken have given me real world experience in the construction building process ” – Sylvia Moore, Senior Construction Management, 2012