Learn how to manage residential and commercial construction projects online or at our Ontario campus.
About the Program
What Will I Learn
Courses taken by our Construction Management students include:
Computer Applications in Construction Management
This course provides a foundational approach to Construction Industry software, including a basic introduction to Estimating and Project Scheduling. The curriculum is designed to provide a fundamental overview of the software packages that students will utilize in subsequent coursework.
Scheduling and Control
This course is the study and application of the critical path method, which includes planning, scheduling, and control of the construction projects. Students will discuss the use of logic, time assignment and computation, analysis, re-evaluation, computer applications and management responsibilities. This course provides an introduction to the ethical problems and issues in modern society. Students will discuss current events related to ethical issues and participate in group discussions.
Estimating and Bidding for Residential and Commercial Projects
This course focuses on the introduction to residential cost estimating, including: reading and interpretation of blue print, plans, specifications, and other project documents; principles of building costs; estimate and construction cost control; and practice in preparing bids for prospective buyers. Techniques and rationale used for analysis in estimating residential, commercial, and heavy construction projects are discussed, along with format and preparation of competent construction cost estimates with an emphasis on computer applications. Students will plan and prepare competitive bids for the firm-price heavy construction projects.
Students in SJVC’s Construction Management program can go on to pursue careers as first line supervisors, estimators, foremen, construction managers, project managers, and site managers.
The job market for construction managers is strong, and employment is expected to grow 11% between 2020 and 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 This is in part due to:
- Population and business growth leading to the construction of new residences and buildings
- The need to improve portions of national infrastructure
- The growing popularity of retrofitting old buildings to be more energy efficient
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Construction Managers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/construction-managers.htm (visited September 08, 2021). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2020-2030 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
Cost & Financial Aid
Tuition varies by campus, program of study, and program credential level. Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Consumer Information to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. Also, you can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).
Read Our Career Guide On Working In Construction Management
Working on construction sites doesn’t have to mean heavy lifting. There’s a whole world of construction management, which oversees and keeps major projects on-time and running smoothly.
Construction Management FAQ
What can you do with a Construction Management degree?
Graduates of SJVC’s Construction Management program may go on to work as construction managers, cost estimators, general and operations managers, and purchasing agents.
How long does it take to get a Construction Management degree?
While everyone’s educational journey is unique, SJVC’s Construction Management program can be completed online or at our Ontario campus in as few as 14 months. Students in the Construction Management program receive an Associate of Science degree.
Why study Construction Management?
The decision to study anything is incredibly personal. You may want to study construction management if you’re interested in construction, enjoy coordinating many moving parts or working with others.
Is Construction Management a good career?
While a career being the right fit depends on many factors. Construction management is a growing field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of construction managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.1 This is driven by typical construction demands, as well as a growing interest in retrofitting buildings to be more efficient.
What exactly does a Construction Manager do?
Construction managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from start to finish. Sometimes called general contractors or project managers, construction managers coordinate construction processes so that projects meet design specifications and are completed on time within budget.
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