What does a Construction Manager do?
Construction Managers plan and organize construction projects. They may own a construction management or contracting firm, or may work as an employee of the owner, developer, contractor, or management firm overseeing the construction project. Construction Managers may plan and supervise the entire project or just a part of a project. Managers often work with engineers, architects, contractors, and others who are involved in the construction project.

What does College of the Canyons offer in Construction Management?
The College offers both a certificate of achievement and an associate degree in Construction Management Technology. The program consists of a broad introduction to the field and includes courses such as Construction Management Principles, Blueprint Reading for Construction, Construction Materials, Construction Estimating Principles, Construction Process Planning and Scheduling as well as other related courses. The program prepares students currently in the field of construction as well as those students wanting to transfer to a four-year university to major in Construction Management or Construction Technology.

What kinds of skills do Construction Managers need?

• Critical Thinking—Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

• Coordination—Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

• Instructing—Teaching others how to do something.

• Active Listening—Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

• Building and Construction—Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

• Design—Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

• Mathematics—Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, and their applications.

• Public Safety and Security—Knowledge of equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

• Administration and Management—Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

• Customer and Personal Service—Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

• Problem Sensitivity—The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

• Information Ordering—The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters,words, pictures,mathematical operations).

More and more employers (big construction firms, in particular) now prefer to hire those who combine work experience in the construction trades with education.


Where Can The Job Lead?
Depending upon work performance and the size and type of firm for which they work, Construction Managers may advance to become top-level managers or executives.Those with thorough experience may become independent consultants. Some Construction Managers serve as expert witnesses in court or as arbitrators in disputes. Some establish their own construction management services, specialty contracting, or general contracting company.


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Want more information?

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment Information found on the Financial Aid web page.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Construction Management program, visit the college’s website at: canyons.edu or call 661-362-5096.

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"More and more employers (big construction firms, in particular) now prefer to hire those who combine work experience in the construction trades with education. "

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