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Construction Management

The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. It accounts for nearly 8 percent of the nation's gross national product and employs millions of people. The industry is divided into four sectors including residential building construction, industrial construction, commercial building construction, and heavy civil construction. The Department of Construction Management and Engineering provides quality educational programs that prepare nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in the construction engineering and management professions.

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The Program

Construction management is a combination of technology, construction techniques, and management to meet the needs of the rapidly growing construction industry. The program is designed to prepare students for the art of achieving maximum profit by efficient use of people, machines, materials and other resources to complete a construction project on time and to the satisfaction of the owner. A meld of engineering, construction, management and business gives the student a background and understanding of a management point of view in the construction industry. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (http://www.acce-hq.org).

A minor in Business Administration offered by the College of Business is required for all B.S. in Construction Management students. Students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to be admitted into the minor program. A minor in Business Administration requires a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the courses that satisfy the minor. In addition, a cumulative GPA of 2.50 overall is required to graduate with a B.S. in Construction Management degree.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Program Learning Outcomes establish the minimum level of learning outcomes, defined by the Construction Management program. The Construction Management program shall provide students, by the time of their graduation:

1.      The basic skills necessary to plan, organize, monitor and control resources to manage the overall construction process.2.      The knowledge and skills to apply computer and software applications for a career in construction.3.      The knowledge and skills necessary to identify, define, and compare construction materials, methods, and equipment alternatives.4.      The necessary communication skills for the successful practice of the construction profession5.      The professional abilities and skills to pursue lifeā€long learning within the broader societal context of the construction profession.

The Program Learning Outcomes are further supported by the Student Learning Outcomes.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

Student Learning Outcomes establish the minimum level of learning and the body of knowledge, defined by ACCE (http://www.acce-hq.org), that students are expected to achieve or have by the time of graduation. Upon graduation from Construction Management program, graduates shall be able to:

1.      Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.2.      Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.3.      Create a construction project safety plan.4.      Create construction project cost estimates.5.      Create construction project schedules.6.      Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.7.      Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.8.      Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used to construct projects.9.      Apply construction management skills as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.10.    Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.11.    Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.12.    Understand different methods of project delivery and the roles and responsibilities of all constituencies involved in the design and construction process.13.    Understand construction risk management.14.    Understand construction accounting and cost control.15.    Understand construction quality assurance and control.16.    Understand construction project control processes.17.    Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.18.    Understand the basic principles of sustainable construction.19.    Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.20.    Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems.

Faculty and Staff

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering has a group of faculty and staff members dedicated to teaching, advising, and career consultation.  All faculty members have doctoral degrees. Some of them have professional licenses such as the Professional Engineer (PE) and the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC).  In addition, many faculty members have construction related working experiences both in the United States and overseas.

Facilities

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering has well equipped classrooms, computer labs, and teaching and research labs for its students.  Classrooms used by the department are equipped with a computer, a Blackboard course management system, Internet access, a projector, a document camera, and an Apple TV. In addition, the department maintains a computer lab, a virtual reality lab, a concrete lab and a soils lab and shares laboratory space with the Department of Civil Engineering for the geotechnical and surveying labs.

Career Opportunities

Construction management graduates are in high demand after graduation by contractors in all types of construction, from general contractors to specialty contractors.  Positions available include superintendent, project manager and construction executive.  Starting salary is between $45,000 and $80,000 in the recent years.  Summer employment in the construction industry is also available to construction management students.  The members of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of North Dakota as well as other construction firms provide summer jobs for our students every year.

Student Organizations

There are three student organizations in the Department of Construction Management and Engineering: AGC of America, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Sigma Lambda Chi. The AGC Student Chapter competes each year at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition.  The NAHB Student Chapter competes at the Residential Construction Management Competition each year.  Sigma Lambda Chi is an international construction honor society.

Scholarship Opportunities

The AGC of North Dakota, the Home Builders Care Foundation (a charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead), and the NAHB offer annual scholarships to outstanding freshmen and upperclass students. In addition, many other scholarships, such as Helgason Engineering Scholarships are available to freshmen and transfer students. Students can contact the Office of Admission for more information or check the department web site at www.ndsu.edu/construction.

Construction Management Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Freshman

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 111 Introduction to Construction Management and
     Engineering

1

CM&E 212 Construction Graphic Communications

3

CM&E 200 Construction Documents and Codes

3

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

MATH 146 Applied Calculus I

4

MATH 105 or 107## Trigonometry or Precalculus

3

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I

3

Economics***

3

CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

 

15

 

19

Sophomore

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 204 Construction Surveying

3

CM&E 203 Building Construction: Methods and Materials

3

CM&E 250 Construction Statics and Mechanics

3

CM&E 240 Financial Cost Concepts for Construction Managers

3

PHYS 211 College Physics I

3

CM&E 260 Soils and Foundations

3

PHYS 211L College Physics I Laboratory

1

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

GEOL 105 Physical Geology

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

ACCT 102 Fundamentals of Accounting

3

 

 

16

 

15

Junior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 305 Pre-Construction Management

3

CM&E 301 Construction Technology and Equipment

3

CM&E 380 Construction Estimating: Quantities and Costs

3

CM&E 315 Specifications and Contracts

3

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

CM&E 405 Construction Support Operations

3

ENGL 320 or 321 Business and Professional Writing or Writing
     in the Technical Professions

3

BUSN 431** Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts

3

MGMT 320** Foundations of Management

3

MRKT 320 or FIN 320** Foundations of Marketing or Principles
     of Finance

3

 

15

 

15

Senior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 403 Scheduling and Project Control

3

CM&E 488 Construction Management Capstone

3

CM&E 421 Electrical and Mechanical Construction

3

CM&E 453 Concrete Design and Construction

3

CM&E 430 Land Development

3

Gen Ed Wellness

2

CM&E 450 Steel Design and Construction

3

Business Admin Minor 300/400 Elective**

3

Business Admin Minor 300/400 Elective**

3

Business Admin Minor 300/400 Elective**

3

 

15

 

14

Total Credits: 124

Note:

An overall minimum CGPA of 2.50 and a minor in Business Administration with a minor GPA of 2.50 are required to graduate with a B.S. in Construction Management

##

Possibly waived based on Math Placement

*

All science courses require the companion lab with the exception of geology.

**

To be eligible for enrollment into 300/400 level courses offered by the College of Business requires application for a minor in Business Administration(BA).

***

To satisfy the Gen Ed Category B, a student can choose between two options: ECON 105 plus an additional course within Category B OR ECON 201 and ECON 202. Both options satisfy the Gen Ed Category G requirements and the requirements for the BA minor.

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information

Department of Construction Management and Engineering
North Dakota State University
Dept #2475, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231- 6202 / Fax: (701) 231-7431
Email: Kayla.Dewey@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/construction

Office of Admission

North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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