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.
The construction management degree prepares students for management careers in the construction industry. 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 successful complete the course on construction safety receive the OSHA 30 Hour Construction Outreach Card. 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.
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.
Graduates of the construction management program are well prepared for careers in a very challenging and dynamic field. Positions held by alumni include:
The objectives of the construction management program are defined in the learning outcomes that we deliver to our students. These objectives describe the skills and knowledge that the students learn from our program that they will apply in their careers as construction managers.
Graduates of the program will have:
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 can help to prepare students for the following certifications:
Topics covered include:
For complete coverage of the major, including a listing of Undergraduate Program Requirements, please refer to the ESF College Catalog.