- Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish.
- Construction includes high paying jobs in architecture, interior design, surveying, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC/controls, landscape architecture and more.
- Employment of construction managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
- The median annual wage for construction managers was $97,180 in May 2020. The average wage for a trades worker (carpenter, plumber, electrician, HVAC technician) with experience is $50,000 to $60,000, more experience and management roles taken on can range from $75,000 and up. Entrepreneurs who run their own business, like general contractors, often make $150,000 and up!
- Entrepreneurial integration, estimating, and project management are defining principals improving success in the construction trades.
- Collaboration, legal document communication, problem-solving, and trade skills/experience are critical to the success of construction managers.
- Construction industry includes professional degrees from Architecture, Engineering, Accounting, Construction Management to Realtor, Construction Lender, Master Electrician, Plumber, Carpentry Foreman, to on-the-job trained entry level jobs that assist at every level.
Introductory Construction Management Courses
Construction Foundations is designed to prepare individuals in the following areas: basic safety, introduction to blueprint reading, introduction to power tools, introduction to hand tools, and introduction to construction math. It also includes an industry overview, what to expect on the job, and specific career opportunities.
Construction Management 1 is designed to prepare student to enter the construction industry by exposure to skills and work experience in this highly demand field that has well-paying jobs and hands-on training. In this course students will gain industry experience by building a Tiny House.
Advanced Construction Management Courses
Construction Management 2 is the next course building the Tiny House that enables students to gain more industry experience framing walls, lofts, and roofs. Students will dive deeper into residential and some commercial construction principles. More focus on structural drawings, codes, specifications, and other construction documentation as well as communication in supervisory roles.
Construction Management 3 is the capstone course where students are expected to act as crew chiefs or foreman managing a work crew building the tiny house. Each student at this level is expected to have knowledge and experience working with the various aspects of carpentry and the construction of the tiny house to mentor and manage a work crew as a crew chief. While the Project Manager (Instructor) will always have direct supervision and decision making, students will practice leadership as well as advanced carpentry and construction challenges.
Prerequisites: Construction Trades Foundation & Construction Management 1