Construction Management includes the skills required to manage the construction process. The degree offers an introduction to a versatile skill set that applies to a variety of roles within the construction industry. Classes include topics such as jobsite management, materials and methods, bidding and estimation, and more. The education benefits both seasoned professionals looking to boost their profile, as well as new entrants into the field. Graduates will benefit from the opportunity to pursue a number of different entry-level positions in construction.
FAQ's About program
- What is Construction Management?
Construction Management includes the skills required to manage the construction process. The degree offers an introduction to a versatile skill set that applies to a variety of roles within the construction industry. Classes include topics such as jobsite management, materials and methods, bidding and estimation, and more. The education benefits both seasoned professionals looking to boost their profile, as well as new entrants into the field.
- How much can I expect to earn?
Graduates will benefit from the opportunity to pursue a number of different entry-level positions in construction, more information can be found here with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- What are the degrees offered?
Santa Rosa Junior College offers both a certificate and an occupational Associates Degree in Construction Management Fundamentals. You can find more information at the following locations: Certificate Requirements and Associate of Science. A student enrolled at least part-time can expect to graduate in one to two years. While we suggest starting with CONS 101, most of the classes are non-sequential and can be taken out of order, with some exceptions and depending on availability.
- Are classes offered online or in-person?
It’s a mix, and that’s by design. We feel it’s important for students to build cohorts and begin network building at the educational level, which is best done in person, yet we understand the competing priorities of a modern student population. The program is offered as a multi-modal platform, based on the particular class curriculum. Some of the more lecture-based classes are offered virtually or at night. Other classes that require a more hands-on experience, field trips to active job sites, and meeting industry professionals are offered during the day, and some classes take advantage of a dual modality.
- Where will in-person classes be taught?
As the role of construction management is technical in nature and coordinates closely with architecture and engineering, most of the lecture-based components will be taught at the new Lindley Center for Stem Education. Here students will be in close proximity to other disciplines, and have the ability to take advantage of some of the most modern technologies available, including virtual reality, 3D printing, and more. For those classes which explore the nature of field construction, classes will be taught at the new Petaluma Construction Center, to take advantage of a more hands-on experience. It’s the best of both worlds. The Construction Center is scheduled to open Fall 2024.
- Associate of Science
The Associate of Science in Construction Management Fundamentals is a standalone non-transferrable occupational degree. Students will gain fundamental knowledge and practical experience with construction management skills, tools, and techniques necessary to be employed in an entry-level construction management position. The degree requirements include CONS 101 through 106, as well as general education requirements and a 1-unit Introduction to Information Literacy. More information can be found here: Programs of Study: Construction Management.
- Certificate in Construction Management
Earn your certificate in Construction Management Fundamentals. Students will gain fundamental knowledge and practical experience with construction management skills, tools, and techniques necessary to be employed in an entry-level construction management position. The certificate requirements include CONS 101 through 106. More information can be found here: Construction Management Fundamentals Certificate.
Construction Management courses
- CONS 101 - Introduction to the Construction Industry
In this course, students will be introduced to an overview of the construction industry, including careers within the construction industry, roles and responsibilities within a construction firm, the construction project lifecycle and management of that process, safety issues, related agencies and organizations, and an introduction to basic construction hand and power tools. Field trips will be required
- CONS 102 - Construction Practice and Technologies
In this course, students will be introduced to basic and fundamental standard construction methods and sequencing for residential and light commercial buildings. Regular field trips will be required
- CONS 103 - Construction Materials, Methods and Equipment
In this course, students will explore the materials, methods of construction, tools, and equipment used in construction. Areas covered will include construction site organization, materials handling and staging, materials and product physical properties, suitable applications for different materials, manufacturing, and service life expectations. Included will be common construction methods and building component detailing to create functioning systems. Additionally, students will be introduced to the variety of tools and equipment typically utilized to incorporate the specific materials into the construction product. The course shall discuss proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safe work practices. Field trips will be required.
- CONS 104 - Construction Management and Scheduling
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the functions and operations of a construction business as related to construction projects. Students will explore topics including the process of scheduling work, providing funding, acquiring labor, equipment, and materials for construction projects and for the general operation of a construction company. Field trips will be required.
- CONS 105 - Construction Contract Documents
In this course, students will gain experience working with and understanding the relationship between all the components that constitute typical contract documents for a construction project. Such components include the working drawings, project manual, specifications, contracting requirements, procurement requirements, modifications and addenda, and resource drawings.
- CONS 106 - Construction Estimating and Bidding
IIn this intermediate level course, students will utilize current industry-accepted methods for doing quantity surveys for the preparation of cost estimates for construction or bidding purposes. Course will also examine the culture and environment of the construction industry as related to construction estimates including methods, ethics, legal issues, and procedures.