Our students find well-paying jobs after graduating. The CM Program verifies the employment in the construction industry of our alumni annually.
Constructors of the Arctic
The construction management (CM) program provides comprehensive preparation and education to meet the growing need for highly trained and educated construction management professionals. Construction managers plan, direct and are responsible for managerial oversight of construction projects. They are responsible for coordinating and managing people, materials and equipment; budgets, schedules and contracts; and for the safety of employees and the general public.
Construction managers work closely with architects, engineers, owners and other contractors on a construction project. Construction managers determine construction means and methods and the most cost-effective plans and schedules. They control construction costs, administer the contract and monitor work progress while ensuring compliance with the project design. Construction managers work in all sectors of the construction industry, for both public and private owners, on projects that range from residential projects to skyscrapers and from rural roads to major highways and bridges. The construction manager’s duties are varied, challenging and rewarding.
The CM program at UAA was developed with input from Alaska contractors and professional industry organizations to provide students with a broad knowledge of construction processes and techniques. CM graduates understand basic business principles and possess broad knowledge of the technical and operational aspects of the construction industry. Graduates are able to function both in the construction office and on the job site.
The wide diversity in the construction management profession creates a similar diversity of employment opportunities for graduates. Associate degree graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in varying construction management roles for contractors in both home office and project office/field situations. Bachelor’s degree graduates are prepared for a wide variety of professional-level employment opportunities in construction companies, construction management consulting firms, and in the offices of government and project owner agencies. The Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management requires four to five semesters to complete. The Bachelor of Science in Construction Management requires eight to nine semesters to complete.
The Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management and the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management are accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).