Do you want to oversee the construction of the nation’s buildings, homes for growing families, and the infrastructures that power our world? Construction managers keep these operations running smoothly by supervising and implementing the effective management of the project’s schedule, cost, quality, safety, scope, and function. Construction Management is an exciting and multifaceted career that requires a wide range of skills and expertise from engineering and business knowledge, to communication skills and time management
Why Choose Construction Management?
As society continues to grow and expand, construction projects play a critical role in our success. Whether you’re interested in creating more housing, renovating schools and hospitals, building and upgrading roads and infrastructure, or innovating the production of the latest entertainment and sport venues, construction managers are needed to coordinate the many aspects of these large-scale projects from beginning to end.
What Will You Learn
The Construction Management major is a well-rounded degree and includes courses in civil and industrial engineering, as well as courses in business to help you become an efficient manager and prepare you to understand the financial aspects of the construction business.
You’ll take a variety of courses including Surveying, Accounting, CAD, Soil Behavior and Site Development, Construction Project Bidding and Cost Management, Material Quality Control, Construction Machinery, and many others to enhance your understanding of running a construction project.
We also offer programs to accelerate your studies to achieve your personal goals. These programs include:
- Five-year BS/MS in Construction Management
- Five-year BS in Construction Management/MS in Engineering Management
- Five-year Bachelor/MBA Program
- Six-year Engineering/Law Program
Students can also choose to further their education after the completion of their bachelor degree in the following programs:
- Master of Science in Construction Management
- Master of Science in Engineering Management
Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Our graduates will:
a. Demonstrate a strong fundamental scientific and technical knowledge base and critical thinking skills.
b. Actively engage in lifelong learning related to the construction management profession.
c. Plan, design, analyze, develop, organize, and manage construction management projects.
Accordingly, the program has documented student outcomes that support the program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of construction management.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to construction management.
- An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
- An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
Construction management is a thriving industry with robust career options. Construction managers can work on a wide variety of projects, from homes and office buildings to schools and hospitals, as well as critical infrastructures such as power plants and water treatment facilities.
Enrollment and Degree Statistics
Students are encouraged to take on internships to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world industry.
Our students participate in research projects with faculty and collaborate on projects within their majors and beyond. They also have opportunities to travel regionally and nationally to present their design projects and research papers at professional conferences.
There are several student competitions each year that allow students to present their hard work and go head-to-head with students from other schools. Our students have the opportunity to participate in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions, as well as Solar Decathlon competitions.
Labs and Facilities
As a Construction Management major, you will do much of your learning in Sleith Hall, which has undergone a $12.8 million expansion and renovation. It provides access to multiple state-of-the-art labs with the most relevant equipment and industry tools. Sleith Hall serves as the home of the College of Engineering and offers a rich environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and a sense of community among engineering students.
Clubs and Organizations
Construction Management students may have interests in: the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM), Engineering Student Council, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.
You’ll work with faculty in a variety of disciplines, including construction management, civil, and industrial engineering. Our faculty hold PhD degrees from top schools. They will become your mentors, co-learners, career advisors, and project managers. Not only will they facilitate your learning in and out of the classroom, but they will also collaborate on research projects with you.
Unique Learning Opportunities
First Year Program
"Design, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first-year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.
Senior Design Projects
Take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in a Senior Design Project that caps off your education. You'll research, design, and create a project that advances industry knowledge. Regional companies may sponsor and guide you through the completion of your project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job.