Beginning fall 2013, the Construction Management degree program has undergone significant changes to better align the program to the standards of the American Council for Construction Education.
The commercial construction industry represents almost 8 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, while the entire construction industry represents 20 percent of the nation’s GDP. The industry is very competitive and with more construction companies bidding on jobs, organizations with the best-prepared professionals using the latest technology are the most successful.
This competition applies to construction contractors, as well as the engineers, human resource managers, and material and equipment suppliers. People engaged in this industry must have state-of-the-art skills and knowledge to thrive. Environmental issues are incorporated within the program by addressing workplace safety, environmental impact evaluation, and codes concerning structural, fire, and hazardous material requirements. Emphasis on environmental and personal safety includes asbestos mitigation, noise pollution, air monitoring and sampling techniques. Energy efficiency in buildings is studied based upon the New York state energy conservation code and federal guidelines. Legal and social aspects are integrated into the program in the later stages.
B.S. in Construction Management
The construction management degree prepares students for management careers in the construction industry with additional focus on sustainable construction management. Students may enter the bachelor of science program as first-year students or as transfer students. Students who are preparing to transfer to ESF as juniors must have earned at least 62 credits of college coursework, in courses comparable to the lower-division course requirements.
As part of the bachelors degree in Construction Management, students are required to take the Associate Constructor Level I Exam for constructor certification. Students who successfully complete the exam receive the Associate Constructor (AC) designation from the American Institute of Constructors. This designation is part 1 of the process to become a Certified Professional Constructor (CPC). Students who successfully complete the course on construction safety receive the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Outreach Card.
A concentration in Wood Products Engineering provides optional elective coursework in the manfacturing, properties and marketing of wood products. Students who choose this concentration are prepared for employment in wood products and building materials industries as well as construction management firms.
Careers in Construction Management
Graduates of the construction management program are well prepared for careers in a very challenging and dynamic field. Positions held by alumni include:
- construction project manager
- safety director
- project engineer
- construction engineer
- field engineer
The construction management program objectives describe the skills and knowledge that are delivered in the coursework and that students will apply in their careers as construction managers.
Graduates of the program will have the ability to :
- Apply construction management fundamentals to successfully manage the delivery of construction projects within the contractually defined delivery system by completing a project on time, under budget, of desired quality in a safe manner
- Manage materials, equipment, cost and personnel in both office and field activities
- Provide professional construction services that meet client needs while upholding the principles of sustainability as applied to the client’s project
- Communicate in a professional manner through the development of writing skills, public speaking skills, and mastery of a variety of media and software applications; articulate what they have learned to be the best practice for each situation
- Read and interpret construction documents thereby having the ability to communicate with all project participants in a professional manner to deliver a successful construction project
- Apply the proper use of construction materials in construction projects with consideration of sustainable construction; specify and procure materials that have the least adverse impact on the environment within project constraints and the construction contract; implement practices that can serve to better our environment such as best and most efficient use and reuse of materials, and development and use of alternative energy sources;
- Maintain currency in the field including requirements for the successful delivery of construction projects, rating systems for sustainable construction projects, awareness of new materials, codes, and construction law
- Understand professional responsibility and ethics in construction management, including the need to look out for thepublic interest, and to deliver service that includes responsible, fair, and unbiased input to the client in accordance with current professional practice
- Understand and promote “stewardship of both the natural and the designed environments (from ESF Mission Statement)” through best professional practice of sustainable construction management and engineering, and material utilization
- Promote life-long learning in the profession.
Certifications and Professional Designations
Associate Constructor Students are required to take the Associate Constructor Level I Exam (AC) which is part 1 of the process to become a Certified Professional Constructor. Those who successfully complete the examination receive the designation of Associate Constructor (AC) from the American Institute of Constructors.
Students receive the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Outreach Card upon successful completion of the Construction Safety course.
In addition, required coursework can help to prepare students for the following certifications: LEED GA- AP; Certified Associate Autodesk Revit Architecture; Fundamentals in Engineering. Students learn the fundamentals of the various rating systems for buildings (LEED, Green Globes, and others), which can prepare them to take the LEED AP exam. Students interested in pursuing a career in engineering have coursework that partially fulfills the preparation required for the fundamentals in engineering examination
Coursework topics include:
- construction safety
- construction equipment
- construction methods
- sustainable construction
- building codes and zoning
- planning and scheduling
- construction management
- building information modeling
- structural analysis
- soil mechanics
- properties of construction materials
- composite materials
- computer applications
- energy systems in buildings
- environmental performance measures
For complete coverage of the major, including a listing of Undergraduate Program Requirements, please refer to the ESF College Catalog.