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Construction Management

Department Overview
Responding to a critical workforce shortage in the building industry, Pierce College now offers an associate degree in Construction Management. The program prepares graduates as construction supervisors, foremen and project managers. The program also offers a Certificate in Construction option that can be completed within one year. To meet the needs of working adults, courses are offered evenings, weekends and online. The curriculum combines general education requirements in communications, computation and business with core courses in construction materials and methods, construction documents, blueprint reading, estimating, project management and building codes.

Program Outcomes
Associate in Construction Management

1. Become a professional – Graduates will understand the importance of professionalism in the construction industry through:
a. Ethics and Advocacy
b. Team building
c. Leadership
d. Mentorship

2. Safety and accident prevention – Graduates will understand the importance of jobsite safety and the importance of building a culture of safety.

3. Communication - Graduates will understand to use effective communication tools to disseminate technical and professional business information to a diverse audience – The following communication methods will be used:
a. Hardware and software for scheduling, estimating and costing
b. Cost projections
c. Cash Flow projections
d. Internet –information highway
e. Writing

4. Analysis and Problem Solving - Graduates will understand how to use mathematics, logic and technology to help effectively and efficiently analysis projects and solve problems in the following areas:
a. Construction Documents
b. Materials and Methods
c. Estimating and budgets
d. Scheduling

5. Planning and Organization – Graduates will understand how to implement construction processes using effective and efficient project planning methods and tools. They will be able to identify activities and coordinate resources and create goals and objectives to complete individual tasks.

6. Sustainability - Graduates will understand concepts related to running sustainable projects and businesses.

Certificate in Contruction Management

Communication will meet standards of business writing and contain standard industry language.

Explanations will include, but not be limited to (1) all elements of a construction project divisions 1-16 (CSI Protocol); (2) the interdependence or the organizational triad among construction owner, client and consultant; (3) relationships between assembly of materials and systems; and (4) prioritization and allocation of resources that meets a strict time line.

Orally explain project details originating from a blue print or specifications.

Using computerized industry software, produce a schedule that conforms to time limits based on "critical path planning."

Produce a completed estimate that accurately measures and calculates material quantities.

Demonstrate the unique contributions, mission, and values of your business and your unique skills and abilities (branding).

Certifcate in Construction Management Safety

Ability to think critically about historical and current political and social trends surrounding the profession of occupational safety and health.

Awareness of diversity issues that affect historical and current trends as well as their affect on the communication and training process of diverse populations.

Ability to communicate effectively through writing, presentation, training and through daily interaction with others.

Comprehension of and commitment to best practices in sustainability and global consciousness.

Ability to utilize basic computation skills necessary to support the above basic skill set.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Construction Management
CONST 101 - INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION MANGEMENTGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 140 - CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS: PRINTREADINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 150 - CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 160 - MATERIALS AND METHODSGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 180 - BUILDING CODESGeneral Electives
CONST 198 - WORK-BASED LEARNINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 200 - ESTIMATINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 230 - SCHEDULING AND PLANNINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 260 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENTGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 270 - INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL DESIGN & CONSTRUCTIONGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 271 - BASIC MODELINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 272 - INTERMEDIATE MODELINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 274 - MODEL BASED COLLABORATIONGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
CONST 275 - MODEL INTEGRATION: ESTIMATION AND SCHEDULINGGeneral ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite