Last updated on September 24, 2019
What Is Construction Management?
A construction manager plays a crucial role on a construction site. They ensure that the construction project runs smoothly from start to finish. Construction managers plan and manage both residential and commercial construction jobs.
They work closely with architects and engineers throughout the building process. Projects range from home building and remodeling to constructing office buildings, roads, bridges, airports and more. Another part of their job is keeping a project on track and within budget.
Interested in studying construction management? Check out North Lake College’s Construction Management program! Did you know it is the oldest and largest accredited two-year program in the country? It’s true!
Degree and Certificate Options
North Lake College is the only college of DCCCD to offer degrees and certificates in Construction Technologies.
- Construction Management Associate of Applied Science degree. This degree can be completed in two years, if you’re a full-time student. This degree includes specialty tracks in commercial and residential applications.
- Commercial Construction Assistant Superintendent Certificate. This degree can be completed in two semesters.
- Residential Construction Foreman Certificate. This certificate can be completed in two semesters.
Will I Be Prepared for the Workforce After Graduation?
CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects a job growth increase of 19% for construction managers over the next decade. Construction management gives you an immediate skill set to work in the field or office. You can also transfer to a four-year university after you’ve earned an associate degree.
What Are Some Possible Career Paths?
There are several career paths that you can choose from in construction management. Some careers that you may want to look into include:
- Project finance managers
- Insurance representatives
- Field engineers
- Project planners and schedulers
What Are Some Possible Job Duties?
As a construction manager, you may be responsible for the following:
- Prepare cost estimates, budgets and work timetables.
- Collaborate with architects, engineers and other construction specialists.
- Select subcontractors and schedule and coordinate their activities.
- Respond to work delays, emergencies and other problems.
How Do I Become a Construction Manager?
Construction managers usually have a bachelor’s degree; however, there are various ways to enter this occupation. Earning your associate degree in construction management will give you a head start in your degree. If you decide that you would like to transfer to complete you bachelor’s degree, check out our transfer services.
Ready to Get Started?
- If you are ready to get started in the construction management field, we can help! The first step is to complete the admissions process and meet with an advisor at North Lake College.
- Have you heard about Guided Pathways? It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take and when. Check out the Construction Management Guided Pathway.
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