Construction managers evaluate building methods and materials, and determine the most cost-effective plan and schedule. Typically they use estimating and scheduling techniques to bring construction projects to timely completion according to the architect’s plans and within budget.
Please refer to the catalog for curriculum requirements.
FCC offers a tiered set of options to students who desire advancement or immediate entry-level employment in the field of Construction Management & Supervision. Classes taken at each level may be applied to the next level:
- Letter of Recognition, Construction Management Basics
A nine-credit program that provides an introduction to the basics of construction management.
- Certificate, Construction Technology Academy
A program that further builds knowledge of the construction management process: emphasizing construction materials and methods, blueprint reading, and a basic understanding of technology.
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- Certificate, Construction Management & Supervision
A program which includes courses in construction methods and materials, accounting, finance, blueprint reading, site management, law, scheduling, estimating and business communications.
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- A.A.S., Construction Management & Supervision
A program that includes courses in construction methods and materials, accounting, finance, blueprint reading, site management, law, scheduling, and estimating with additional coursework in supervisory management. General education credits are also required.
On The Job
Employment opportunities include:
- Project managers and general superintendents
- Construction managers in private industry and public service
- Self-employed business owners
Skills You Will Learn
- Technical expertise in construction methods and materials
- Understanding of construction law, safety, project management and scheduling
- Ability to financially manage a construction project
- Ability to read architectural plans and estimate job costs
- Knowledge of current computer applications and software
- Management and communications skills
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of graphic communications (e.g. architectural drawings and specifications) for construction.
- Students will have an understanding of the methods used in the construction of commercial and/or residential construction projects covering procedures, equipment, materials and techniques.
- Students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the complete construction process which includes effective planning, scheduling, and control of the overall construction project. Students will understand construction safety principles and practices, and be familiar with related federal/state/county codes.
Growth Potential & Estimated Salaries
Employment of construction managers is projected to increase by 17 percent during the 2008-18 decade, faster than average for all occupations. Construction managers will be needed as the level and variety of construction activity expands, but at a slower rate than in the past. Employment of construction managers, like that of many other construction workers, is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy. On the one hand, workers in these trades may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls. On the other hand, shortages of these
workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity.
For construction manager jobs, a bachelor's degree in construction science, construction management, building science, or civil engineering, plus work experience, is becoming the norm. However, years of experience, in addition to taking classes in the field or getting an associate's degree, can substitute for a bachelor's degree. Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics – 2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook. For salary information go to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics – 2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook – Construction Managers.
Financial AssistanceFCC provides a tuition payment plan. Scholarship and loan assistance is available for eligible students. In addition to general scholarships, the following are available for construction management students.
FCC has articulation agreements with the following institutions for students graduating with an A.A.S. in Construction Management & Supervision and who are looking for transfer opportunities. For more information, contact the Counseling & Advising Office at 301.846.2471 or
the Program Manager at 301.846.2611.
• Pennsylvania College of Technology – B.A. Construction Management
• University of Maryland University College – B.S. Management Studies
• University of Maryland, Eastern Shore – B.S. Construction Management Technology
Note: Some of the above articulation agreements may not result in transfer of all credits.
FacultyPart-time faculty are degreed professionals with solid experience in the workplace and are dedicated to helping students reach their career goals.