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Construction Management

Construction Management at Inver Hills prepares you for supervisory and management positions in the construction industry. The curriculum combines basic fundamentals with key courses in applied management, engineering, design and business that are required to manage complex construction projects.

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Construction Management


Contact Information

Scott Holm
Construction Management Instructor

sholm@inverhills.edu
651-450-3724

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Construction management is an ideal career choice if you have a strong, general interest in building and design plus an aptitude for taking the lead role on big projects from start to finish. As a construction manager, you'll oversee all phases of a project, from planning to budgeting to production.

Construction projects range across seven basic types:

  • Agricultural
    Examples: barns, silos, storage facilities, wells
  • Residential
    Examples: houses, apartments, townhouses
  • Commercial
    Examples: shopping centers, banks, casinos, resort hotels
  • Institutional
    Examples: schools, libraries, museums, hospitals
  • Industrial
    Examples: power plants, steel mills, oil refineries, seaports
  • Heavy civil
    Examples: roads, bridges, railroads, airports
  • Environmental
    Examples: wastewater treatment plants, storm sewers, solid waste management facilities, air pollution control

Degrees

A.S., Construction Management – 60 credits

The Associate of Science (A.S.) in Construction Management is designed to articulate to the University of Minnesota's B.A.S. in Construction Management and Minnesota State University Moorhead’s B.S. in Construction Management (Twin Cities). To learn more, visit Transfer from Inver.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Construction Management Curriculum – 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ACCT 2101 Financial Accounting 4 cr
BUS 1121 Principles of Management 3 cr
CMSV 2875 Mechanical & Electrical Systems 4 cr
CMSV 2885 Construction Estimating 4 cr
CMSV 2890 Building Organization & Technology 3 cr
CMSV 1200 Construction Graphics 3 cr
Electives 1, 9cr, choose from the list below
CMSV 1000 2 Intro to Construction Management 1 cr
CMSV 1100 2 Introduction to Construction 2 cr
CMSV 2100 3 Soils & Concrete Technology 3 cr
CMSV 2870 3 Construction Management 3 cr
CMSV 2900 3 Construction Scheduling 3 cr
CMSV 1189 3 Construction Mgmt Internship 3 cr
BUS 1131 4 Legal Environment of Business 3 cr
BUS 1150 4 Supervisory Techniques in BUS 3 cr
Total Credits: 30

Liberal Arts Curriculum (30 credits)

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing & Research Skills 4 cr
ENG 1111 Research Writing in the Disciplines 2 cr
COMM 1100 Interpersonal Communication 3 cr
PHYS 1041 Algebra and Trig Based Physics I 4 cr
PHIL 1112 Ethics 3 cr
MATH 1118 College Algebra I 4 cr
ART 2300 Architectural History 3 cr
ECON 1106 Microeconomics 3 cr
PSYC 1101 General Psychology 4 cr
Total Credits: 30
1 Students should consult with a counselor or advisor about the best course selection options.
2 Intended for students new to Construction Management and the Construction profession
3 Intended for students transferring to the Minnesota State University Moorhead B.S. program.
4 It is recommended that students intending to transfer to the University of Minnesota B.A.S. or Minnesota State University Moorhead B.S. program consult with a counselor about the best course selection options.
5 Intended for students transferring to the Minnesota State University Moorhead B.S. program

Certificates

Construction Management Certificate – 30 credits

This certificate program prepares you for supervisory and management positions in the construction industry.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide Gainful Employment Disclosure
Course Number Title Credits
ACCT 2101 Financial Accounting 4 cr
BUS 1121 Principles of Management 3 cr
CMSV 2100 Soils & Concrete Technology 3 cr
CMSV 2870 Construction Management 3 cr
CMSV 2875 Mechanical & Electrical Systems 4 cr
CMSV 2885 Construction Estimating 4 cr
CMSV 2890 Building Organization & Technology 3 cr
CMSV 2900 Construction Scheduling 3 cr
CMSV 1200 Construction Graphics 3 cr
Total Credits: 30
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Transfer Information

The A.S. in Construction Management at Inver Hills has articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions:

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Course Descriptions

CMSV 1000  Introduction to Construction Management   1.0 cr

Provides an overview of the construction industry which introduces the student to the duties and responsibilities of the professional construction manager. Lectures, field trips, and speakers will expose students to the fundamentals of construction techniques and methods employed by professionals in the industry with an emphasis on career opportunities.

CMSV 1101  Introduction to Construction   2.0 cr

Introduces students to construction materials and their methodologies. Topics include construction terminology, materials and their properties, manufacturing processes, construction techniques, and other related topics. This course is intended for students with limited construction experience.

CMSV 1185  Special Topics in Construction Management   cr

This is a topics course.

CMSV 1189  Internship   3.0 cr

Provides the student an opportunity to observe and participate in all aspects of construction management that are typically encountered in the construction workplace.

CMSV 1200  Construction Graphics   3.0 cr

Study of graphic solutions to problems conditioned by traditional and emerging construction document standards. Students will produce construction graphics using computer-assisted processes. The principles of construction graphics are applied to the visualization, communication, and graphical analysis of problems. Introductory 2D documentation will progress into 3D modeling techniques.

CMSV 2100  Soils and Concrete Technology   3.0 cr

Familiarizes students with the history and fundamentals of concrete, admixtures, soils and aggregates. The student will understand the interactions of concrete, weather, and soil conditions; the proper placement of concrete; bearing capacity of soils; and the basic principles of concrete and soil inspection.

CMSV 2860  Building Construction Plan Reading   2.0 cr

Emphasizes symbols used in the production of architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical drawing. Course includes interpretation of drawing details, sections, elevations, floor plans, etc. This course should be of value to students interested in drafting, estimating, construction and building inspections.

CMSV 2870  Construction Management   3.0 cr

Examines estimating, purchasing, bidding, scheduling, coordinating, expediting, and supervising work and dealing with public agencies, the design professions, suppliers, and subcontractors as these activities relate to the operation of a building contracting company.

CMSV 2875  Mechanical and Electrical Systems   4.0 cr

Prepare students to identify, analyze, and evaluate all aspects of building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The students will explore a variety of systems found typical in both residential and commercial buildings and will have the opportunity to gain detailed knowledge on how systems are designed, constructed, and perform. This course is designed for construction managers, project superintendents, code officials, and other construction related industry professionals. Students completing this course will develop skills that allow them to become familiar with the range of competencies associated with mechanical and electrical systems.

CMSV 2885  Construction Estimating   4.0 cr

Explores the basic techniques and guidelines of estimating. The student will develop skills to prepare cost estimates considering the important aspects of material takeoffs, labor, equipment, and time. Practical, step-by-step cost estimating procedures will be applied to an actual building project.

CMSV 2890  Building Organization & Technology   3.0 cr

Introduces the varied technology that comprise buildings and an exploration into the sequential process of building construction. Theories of building types, functional organizations, and material applications are presented. This course also includes the identification of historic basis for and comparison between basic building materials and construction methods. The importance of building assembly sequences is also presented.

CMSV 2900  Construction Scheduling   3.0 cr

Explores the basic techniques and guidelines of the critical path method (CPM), and the precedence diagramming method (PDM) scheduling. The student will develop skills to prepare construction schedules by considering the important aspects of labor, equipment, and time cost scheduling. Practical step-by-step scheduling techniques will be applied to an actual construction project.

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Employment Information

Construction managers are in charge of building and maintaining structures, facilities and systems. Working with subordinate supervisory personnel, they take part in concept development before directing and coordinating project activities. Construction managers supervise countless details on a project, including

  • Obtaining work permits
  • Hiring contractors
  • Troubleshooting emergencies
  • Organizing and scheduling
  • Keep clients informed on work timetables and progress

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that construction manager jobs are projected to grow 16 percent, or faster than average, from 2012 to 2022. The average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent. That translates as nearly 80,000 new construction manager jobs.

Because they often oversee every stage of enormous, complex projects from blueprints to completion, construction managers command excellent salaries. Median annual salary in 2013 neared $85,000. Top earners brought home more than $145,000.

Construction manager skill set

  • Critical thinking
  • Coordination
  • Instructing
  • Mathematics
  • Decision-making
  • Troubleshooting
  • Time management

Potential job titles in construction management

  • Project executive
  • Project manager
  • Planning engineer
  • Project coordinator
  • Design manager
  • Field engineer
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Project engineer
  • Area superintendent
  • Project superintendent
  • Chief estimator
  • Site manager

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.S. in Construction Management at Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.S. in Construction Management degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Lead construction teams on a wide variety of large-scale projects from concept to completion
  2. Build high-tech cities of the future at home and abroad
  3. Interpret schematics, diagrams, and blueprints to build and troubleshoot plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with construction management faculty
  5. Get firsthand experience working on real-world construction management problems
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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