You don’t have to venture far in the Orlando area to see that the construction industry is booming. Month to month ground is being broken on new construction projects throughout the city and across the United States. As we’ve mentioned in other articles these projects need skilled workers as there is currently a shortage in the industry. These projects also need skilled and knowledgeable men and women to lead them. One path that is equipping future leaders with the ability to run construction projects is a degree in construction management from a four-year university.
The Construction Management Degree
There are over 70 accredited construction management programs in the U.S. Generally speaking, these programs teach students a set of skills that range from business to engineering to architecture to construction law. As Orlando construction lawyers who have worked with numerous construction managers over the years, we know that their role requires an understanding of budgeting, scheduling, quality assurance, management, and safety principles, among other disciplines. That’s why construction management students take courses in management, mathematics, engineering, real estate, and architecture. They also learn how to read blueprints and generate project management schedules. Students entering a construction management degree program should have a propensity for math and science. Prior construction experience is a plus, but it’s likely that you will intern with a construction company while earning the degree.
A Construction Management Degree Prepares You To….
- Be a Construction Manager: Construction managers perform a wide range of tasks that keep construction sites productive. This may include creating budgets, creating project schedules, managing workers and subcontractors, and being a liaison between the jobsite and clients, architects and engineers.
- Be a Cost Estimator: Cost estimators determine what indicators will affect project costs. This work helps construction companies and contractors build bids and estimates for their work. They accomplish this by reviewing blueprints and the project site and collaborating with project stakeholders. They can also make recommendations for making projects more cost-effective.
- Be a Building Inspector: Building inspectors have an understanding of local building codes and use it to ensure compliance from the builders they work with.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.