Construction Management

Construction Management

Become a Leader in the Construction Industry

The Construction Management program is a two-year A.A.S. program and provides entry-level skills and knowledge for students who want to pursue one of the many careers available in the construction industry.

Classes during the first year emphasize hands-on laboratory experiences in construction skills, architectural drafting and CAD, estimating, and microcomputer applications.

The summer session allows students to gain experience during a full-time, paid internship in the construction field.

Second-year classes emphasize skills and knowledge development in management, scheduling, estimating, and legal issues.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the Construction Management program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing.
  • Lead people by determining an appropriate method of influencing their behavior.
  • Recognize basic safety hazards on a construction site and recommend prevention measures.
  • Solve a variety of problems typically encountered in construction management.
    • Interpret construction documents (contracts, specifications, and drawings) used in managing a construction project
    • Prepare a basic construction project schedule.
    • Discuss basic principles of ethics in the construction industry.
  • Gather and analyze information required to successfully manage construction projects.
    • Apply mathematics, science, and business fundamentals utilized in the construction industry.
    • Apply basic principles of construction accounting.
    • Demonstrate the ability to estimate quantities and costs for the bidding process in a construction project.
    • Identify the fundamentals of contracts, codes, and regulations that govern a construction project.
  • Demonstrate the effective application of technical skills and knowledge to operate as either a construction crew member or a manager.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use current technology related to the construction projects.
    • Use basic surveying techniques for building layout.
    • Recognize basic construction methods, materials, and equipment.
    • Recognize the basic principles of structural design.
    • Recognize the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Prior to acceptance into the Construction Management program, a short online presentation called a "Program Conference" is required of all students.

This presentation will introduce you to your instructors and talk about specific requirements, classes, job outlook, and moving on to a four-year school, if desired.

If you have any questions, please call 319-398-4983.

Laptop Requirements

Students enrolled in this program must purchase or own a laptop to meet hardware specifications within the courses.

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Additional Information

Classes during the first year emphasize hands-on laboratory experiences in construction skills, architectural drafting and CAD, estimating, and microcomputer applications. Second-year classes emphasize skills and knowledge development in management, scheduling, estimating, and legal issues.

The curriculum provides a broad foundation of information related to all facets of the architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) fields. Faculty bring their own extensive experience in the fields of residential, commercial, and civil construction.

Students learn new, innovative technologies and techniques with hands-on applications within Kirkwood’s Iowa Sustainable Village projects

  • Surveying and Site Layout
  • Sustainable Construction Science
  • Architectural Sketching
  • Construction Planning & Scheduling
  • Construction Project Management
  • Commercial Estimating
  • Construction Law and Ethics
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Supervision
  • Architectural Plans and Specifications
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Residential Estimating
  • Construction Planning and Scheduling
  • Commercial Estimating

Short-term training options are available by earning a certificate. Certificate options for Construction Management include:

Career opportunities include:

  • Construction managers and supervisors
  • Building inspectors
  • Project managers
  • Sustainability specialists
  • Material suppliers
  • Cost estimator

Provide skills based education for future leaders in the construction industry.



Questions?

Industrial Technologies
101 Jones Hall
319-398-4983
indtech@kirkwood.edu