Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Management

What are construction managers?

Construction management is a professional service that applies effective management techniques to the planning, design and construction of a project from inception to completion for the purpose of controlling time, cost and quality. Construction management is a discipline and management system specifically created to promote the successful execution of capital projects for owners. These projects can be highly complex. Few owners maintain the staff resources necessary to pay close, continuing attention to every detail—yet these details can "make or break" a project. A professional construction manager can augment the owner's staff with pre-planning, design, construction, engineering and management expertise that can assure the best possible project outcome no matter what type of project delivery method used. (Construction Management Association of America)

What are the requirements for a CM major?

For the most current information, go to the WCU course catalog. At the top right, pull down the menu for the year you were admitted as an undergraduate or graduate. (Note: Other years may have different requirements). On the left, in the "catalog search" box, pull down the menu for programs, then click on "construction management." Clicking on each course listed will give you an idea of what you will be studying. After you have been accepted to WCU, there are no additional requirements for the major. You should declare your CM major and start taking courses in the CM program immediately in order to be eligible for graduation.

What makes this program special?

The Construction Management  Program offers students the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology and CM industry-standard software while learning management and communication skills required to be effective leaders. The Kimmel School's CM program is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, the premiere construction management accrediting agency in the U.S. The CM curriculum was designed by faculty members, students and members of the construction industry to meet the needs of students and the firms that hire CM graduates to work in the construction industry.

What scholarships are available?

Scholarships are available through the financial aid office based upon eligibility as determined upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition the CM department has a limited number of scholarships that have been funded by support of contributions from individuals and industry partners. CM majors may apply for these scholarships directly through the Department of Construction Management. Call 828-227-2201 for more information.

What will I be able to do with a degree in this major?

Recent graduates of the undergraduate CM program have been employed with starting salaries that typically range from $50,000 to 60,000. There are positions available throughout the United States as well as opportunities to work overseas. Most graduates find careers as construction managers, project managers, estimators, cost engineers, schedulers or superintendents managing or helping to manage construction projects. CM graduates are hired by firms from all segments of the construction industry including residential, industrial/commercial, and heavy civil/highway construction. 

What are the CM professors like?

WCU’s construction management professors have extensive professional engineering and construction experience and advanced degrees in construction, civil engineering or related fields. They are active in various industry-related organizations, they advise the CM club, they mentor students to keep them on track with course requirements and they help supervise students when they work on community service projects. CM faculty also assist students with career advice. 

What are students in the program doing?

Construction management students may join the Construction Management Club, which has activities, guest speakers and community service projects throughout the year. Upper-level students may be invited to join the International Honor Society for Construction called Sigma Lambda Chi.

What about the required internship?

Students are required to complete at least one, full-time, 400-hour, paid or unpaid internship in the construction industry. The internship is normally completed during the summer after the junior year but some students are able to complete their internships during the fall or spring semesters.

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To learn more about the Construction Management Department, contact us with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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