Dec 08, 2022  
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Concrete and Construction Management

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Kelly Strong, Director

Avila, Brown, Gormley, Huddleston, Knight, Yang, Vanhook, Whitman

Students in the School of Concrete and Construction Management are involved in much more at the university than just coursework. The School is proud to have a robust recruiting program to help students connect with internships and full-time careers. Student labs allow for a realistic educational environment with a lot of hands-on learning environments and opportunities to work with faculty on research projects. The strong ties to industry allow students unique opportunities including travel to conferences, field trips to job sites, guest lecturers, involvement in applied research, and a huge network of alumni to help mentor students in the industry.

The mission of the School of Concrete and Construction Management is to prepare students for lifelong success in a broad array of construction industry careers.  As a result, the School offers a variety of programs tailored to meet student interest and industry needs. The programs are generally categorized into the general field of Construction Management and the more specialized and unique field of Concrete Industry Management.

The Construction Management program has three concentrations:

  • Electrical Construction Management
  • Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management
  • Commercial Construction Management

Examples of employment in Construction Management include project manager, field engineer, field superintendent, estimator, business development manager, safety officer, preconstruction manager, or government contracting officer. Graduates work for land developers, residential builders, general contractors, specialty contractors, construction management firms, design-build firms, architectural/engineering firms, vendors/suppliers or government agencies.

The School also offers a minor in Construction Management.

The Concrete Industry Management program has two concentrations:

  • Concrete Contracting
  • Production, Sales, and Service

Examples of Production, Sales, and Service employment include technical sales, operations manager, sales and marketing professional, product distribution manager, quality control manager, environmental and safety officer, logistics manager, information technology support, trade association director, and technical magazine writer. Examples of Concrete Contracting employment include project manager or engineering for a general contractor, specialty contractor or subcontractor, concrete technical specialist in an architectural/engineering firm or government entity, estimator, designer, surveyor and field installation supervisor,  staff, and safety officer.

The Concrete Industry Management programs are affiliated with the National Concrete Industry Management consortium, a joint initiative of a growing number of universities supported by networks of local, state, and regional concrete industry producers, suppliers, and contractors that pledge their time, talent, and resources to support the development of each university’s CIM program. Currently, there are five universities designated as schools with CIM programs. The CIM program was originally founded at Middle Tennessee State University in 1996 and later expanded to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, California State University-Chico,  Texas State University-San Marcos, and South Dakota State University.

A National Steering Committee (NSC) composed of industry-leading organizations helps to provide funding for each university and oversight and direction for the overall CIM Program. Organizations that support and participate at the NSC level include small and large corporations alike as well as local and national associations.

In addition to the CIM major, graduates acquire a minor in business administration, which includes the study of personnel management, systems integration, marketing, sales and promotion as they relate to concrete products and services. The CIM core curriculum includes typical college-level general study requirements, general business, and concrete-related introductory course work. Advanced level courses and internships broaden the students’ understanding of the workings of the concrete industry.

A Road Construction Technology certificate offers students an opportunity to advance knowledge in this specialized area of construction.

The Jones College of Business also offers a concentration in Concrete Industry Management within the Master of Business Administration. For further information, see the Graduate Catalog.

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