According to industry projections, the demand for qualified construction project managers has increased in recent years.
Today’s civil engineers solve problems; meet the challenges of drinking water, energy shortage, challenges of pollution and much more. They use sophisticated technology, the latest concepts and methodologies to influence design, construction and cost control. In such a dynamic context, it is imperative that the civil engineer evolves into a construction manager. Those of you who have completed your undergraduate study in civil engineering, construction or architecture and are looking to diversify or occupy leadership positions in your current workplaces could consider doing a master’s degree in construction management.
What is construction management all about?
Construction management involves the planning, budgeting, supervising and coordinating of construction projects. These projects could include buildings, roads and bridges. A combination of technical expertise, financial knowledge, entrepreneurial and organisational skills will help you run a construction project successfully.
To gain good positions in construction management, it has become important that you possess both a degree and construction experience. Earning a master’s degree in construction management prepares you for multiple aspects of construction management while providing you with valuable skill sets you can use on the job.
The Master of Science in Construction Management provides you with the fundamentals of both project and business management.
What course to study?
Plenty of U.S. universities offer Master of Science degrees in Construction management and Graduate Certificates in Construction Engineering and Management.
Most of the universities in the U.S offer programmes that are flexible enough to accommodate graduates from other disciplines who might not have an undergraduate background in construction.
What do the courses cover?
The master’s degree in Construction Management generally aims to educate and train students to understand and execute the wide array of technical and non-technical activities linked with construction management.
The course provides you with the expertise needed to effectively lead a construction project or business. The curriculum teaches you how to integrate the different components required to successfully complete construction projects; these include cost control, risk, new technologies, scheduling, project planning, negotiation, and labour relations. The course also teaches you how to manage the various types of contractual relationships governing the owner, the contractor, subcontractors, architects and consultants. You also pick up the essential skills of negotiating, handling disputes and claims, devising and implementing strategic business plans, and leadership.
The course usually covers a broad range of subjects such as:
- Advanced planning and simulation for construction
- Construction cost analysis and economic analysis
- Construction Law studies
- Management and marketing
- Sustainable construction
- Application of IT in construction
- Ethical and intellectual property issues
Those of you intending to apply to a U.S university for a master’s degree or graduate certificate in construction management need to have completed a B.S or B.S degree in civil engineering, construction management, architecture, business or any other related field from an accredited university.
The American Council for Construction Education is the accrediting body for management educational programs in the United States. Ensure the college you choose is duly accredited and reputed in the field of construction management. The faculty should be able to provide you with ample industry contacts to help you kick start your career.
Graduates of the master’s degree in construction management can either pursue research studies or find employment as a manager in a construction company, government agency or as a project developer. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme coupled with the industry contacts the college provides makes it hat much easier to find good employment opportunities.
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