BSc Construction Management

General

Program Description

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Construction managers are the people who get things done. They make sure that projects—from skyscrapers to stadiums to subdivisions—are built well, on time and on budget.

M.S.O.E.’s B.S. in construction management program educates students to manage projects from conception to completion. M.S.O.E. stresses the technical process and resource management skills essential to safely construct high-quality commercial, institutional and industrial buildings on time, within budget.

You’ll study modern construction materials and methods; accurate estimation, scheduling and controlling; and efficient, legal and ethical project administration and management. Business, basic engineering, and communication will also be a part of your education. You’ll find the laboratory-based, learn-by-doing, small class educational philosophy of M.S.O.E. is proven highly effective.

The construction management degree seeks to develop four primary qualities in graduates:

  • Technical ability
  • Managerial knowledge
  • Leadership skills
  • Professional ethics

The results

The placement rate for M.S.O.E. construction management graduates was 100% in 2014-15, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $54,760.

CM graduates started great careers with companies including:

  • Kiewit Construction Co.
  • Boldt Construction Co
  • Turner Construction
  • Power Construction Co.
  • Mortenson Construction
  • GE Johnson Construction
  • Hansel Phelps Construction
  • McCarthy Construction
  • Michels Corp
  • Gilbane Construction
  • C.G. Schmidt Construction
  • JF Ahern Co.
  • Kinetics
  • Butters Fetting
  • Pieper Electric
  • Faith Technologies

The field

Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from early development to completion. Although many construction managers work from a main office, most work out of a field office at the construction site where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities.

You may want to consider CM if you

  • Understand organizational leadership imperatives
  • Work effectively with other people, but are independently resourceful
  • Are able to prioritize and complete multiple, time-constrained requirements effectively
  • Apply mathematics and science to enhance analysis and decision making
  • Are able to do mathematics and detailed work with accuracy
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills

Department Events

Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Career Night

Each year, the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department (C.A.E.C.M.) hosts their annual Career Night which is planned specifically for the benefit of the students belonging to the department. Companies who come can expect students eagerly looking for opportunities in the civil and architectural engineering and construction management fields. This event provides companies and students a more intimate setting than the large M.S.O.E. Career Fair at the beginning of the school year.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve.

  • Graduates of the BSCM program who choose to pursue certification as a Certified Professional Constructor (C.P.C.), after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the American Institute of Constructors (A.I.C.), achieve that distinction.
  • Graduates of the BSCM program who choose to pursue a graduate degree can achieve that distinction.
  • Graduates of the BSCM program will pursue opportunities to advance their professional skills through lifelong learning (e.g. graduate studies, conferences, seminars, etc.).
  • Graduates of the BSCM program will demonstrate a commitment to their profession by participating in one of more professional societies.
  • Graduates of the BSCM program will demonstrate, in their professional practices, an appreciation for sustainable construction.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. BSCM graduates will be:

  • able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • knowledgeable of the responsibilities, both professional and ethical, that are required of a construction manager.
  • knowledgeable of the need for lifelong learning and have the motivation to pursue it.
  • knowledgeable in the humanities and social sciences and of contemporary issues necessary to understand the global, societal and environmental impact of the construction manager.
  • proficient in the business management areas listed below:
    • Economics
    • Principles of Management
    • Accounting
    • Business Law
  • Proficient in the mathematics and science areas listed below:
    • Mathematics: calculus I and II, probability and statistics
    • Analytical physical science: general physics and general chemistry
  • Proficient in the construction sciences areas listed below:
    • Design theory
    • Analysis of design of construction systems
    • Construction graphics
    • Construction surveying
    • Construction methods and materials
  • Proficient in the construction areas listed below:
    • Estimating
    • Planning and scheduling
    • Construction accounting and finance
    • Construction law
    • Safety
    • Project management

The objectives and outcomes are achieved by quality control processes that:

  • ensure adherence to the program accreditation criteria prescribed by the American Council for Construction Education (A.C.C.E.).
  • ensure continuous program improvement, especially
    • by routinely exchanging ideas and observations with the BSCM Industry Advisory Council.
    • by carefully analyzing program assignment and examination results, as well as other students' instructional feedback.
  • are complementary with the BSAE program.

Contact Kayla Maule at maule@msoe.edu or on Whatsapp at +1 414 573 9883 for more information.

Last updated January 2019

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Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing and an intensive English for Academic Pur ... Read More

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