Construction managers play a crucial role in the overall building process. Whether they work for companies or as independent consultants, construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate a wide variety of projects, including the building of all types of residential, commercial, and industrial structures, roads, bridges, wastewater treatment plants, schools, and hospitals. They are responsible for overseeing the entire project, which includes scheduling and coordinating all design and construction processes, as well as the selection, hiring, and supervision of specialty trade contractors.

“As a student in the construction management program at Lawrence Tech, I have gained a superior educational background. This background, coupled with six years of construction experience, enabled me to put theory into practice and has given me exceptional insight into the construction industry.” David Yostos, senior

construction management

Construction jobs today are more complex than ever, and it takes solid professional management to bring even a relatively modest job to successful completion. Construction managers are involved with all stages of the planning, design, and construction in order to control the time and cost it takes to complete the project, while maintaining the quality of the construction.

Advanced positions in construction management involve such activities as defining the responsibilities and structure of the project management team, organizing and leading by implementing project controls, defining roles and responsibilities and developing communication protocols, and identifying the elements of project design and construction likely to give rise to disputes and claims.

Employment of construction managers is projected to increase faster than the average for all occupations over the next decade. More construction managers will be needed as the level of construction activity continues to evolve due to population and business growth. The increasing complexity of construction projects will also boost demand for specialized management-level personnel within the construction industry. Sophisticated technology and the proliferation of laws setting standards for buildings and construction materials, worker safety, energy efficiency, environmental protection, and the potential for adverse litigation have further complicated the construction process. Advances in building materials and construction methods, the need to replace portions of the nation’s infrastructure, and the growing number of multipurpose buildings and energy efficient structures will further add to the demand for more construction managers.

construction industryAlthough on-the-job experience is important, construction managers must also have the ability to communicate with architects, engineers, technicians, and construction employees. A strong technical background, combined with excellent management skills, is required to estimate jobs, manage a job site, solve problems, and take on overall project management.

Designed for working professionals with experience in the construction industry and those interested in entering the field, the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program at Lawrence Technological University was developed with input from the Associated General Contractors, Greater Detroit Chapter. This practical program is set up for full- and part-time students and consists of a well-rounded core of management classes along with a strong concentration in construction science and construction engineering. The program exceeds the requirements set by the American Council for Construction Education. Small class sizes and the ability to choose from a collection of focused electives make this program highly responsive to your individual needs.

Personal attention and a commitment to preparing you for leadership in your chosen field are important priorities at Lawrence Tech. The University’s signature theory and practice approach combines in-depth academic study with a wealth of practical experience that can help you sharpen your problem-solving capabilities and develop your ability to articulate and implement innovative management strategies.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology & Management Flowchart  PDF 

Your 127-credit-hour program consists of:

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
COM 1103 English Composition 3
MCS 1113 Technical Math 1 3
CHM 3144 or equivalent Fundamentals of Chemistry 4
TCE 1023 Architectural Graphics 3
   TOTAL 14

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical and Prof. Communication 3
MCS 1123 Technical Math 2 3
SSC 2303 Principles of Economics 3
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
PHY 2213 College Physics 1 3
PHY 2221 College Physics 1 Lab  1
   TOTAL 16

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR 2001 Leadership Models and Practices 1
SSC 2413 Foundations of American Experience 3
MCS 2313 Technical Calculus 3
PHY 2223 College Physics 2 3
PHY 2231 College Physics 2 Lab 1
TCE 2143 Specifications and Regulations 3
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
   TOTAL 17

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
MGT 2203 Management and Supervision 3
TME 3333 Six Sigma 1 3
SSC 2423 Development of American Experience 3
MGT 2113 Intro. to Business Law 3
TCE 2073 Surveying 3
   TOTAL 15

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0
HRM 3013 Organizational Behavior 3
TCE 3093 Steel and Wood Structures 3
TIE 3203 Technology Project Management 3
TIE 3163 Engr. Economic Analysis 3
TME 3113 Engineering Mechanics 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
TCE 3013 Construction Techniques 3
TCE 3033 Soil and Foundations 3
TCE 3053 Electrical/Mechanical Systems 3
MGT 3113 Operations Management 3
TCE 3123 Const. Estimating and Scheduling 3
   TOTAL 18

First Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
TCE 4013 Const. Practicum or Tech Elective 3
TCE 4113 Construction Safety 3
TME 4113 Computer Design Graphics 3
HRM 4013 Employee/Mgmt. Relations 3
TME 4103 Engr. Materials 3
   TOTAL 15

Second Semester

Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
TKL XXX3 Tech. Elective 3
TCE 4093 Green Building Technology 3
TIE 4115 Senior Project 5
TCE 4133 Const. Engineering Mgmt. 3
TCE 4213 Const. Contracts and Legalities 3
   TOTAL 17

Program Educational Objectives

The objective is to provide students with a strong understanding of the fundamental principles and practical application of construction engineering technology and management. Students will also be prepared to:

1.  Identify the problem, formulate and analyze engineering alternatives, and solve the problem individually as well as in a team environment;

2.  Assume management and leadership roles in the technology industry; 

3. Communicate effectively in a professional engineering environment; and

4. Pursue professional careers and engage in life-long learning.

Student Outcomes

The educational outcomes of the Department of Engineering Technology at Lawrence Technological University are to produce graduates with:

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures and methodologies;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to each project’s objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and us appropriate technical literature;
  8. an understanding of the need for, and an ability to engage, in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and 
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement. 


True to Lawrence Tech’s unique blend of theory and practice, construction engineering students are encouraged to take part in internships or cooperative education (co-op). This opportunity provides hands-on, practical engineering experience that is a distinct advantage when approaching future employers.

A majority of LTU engineering students participate in internships and co-ops starting as early as the sophomore year. LTU co-op students may choose to alternate semesters working and attending classes on a full-time basis, or pursue paid full time work and school in parallel.

Other students pursue less structured job experiences such as part-time or summer employment. A student who has been offered a co-op position may seek academic credit through the Office of Career Services, which will evaluate the work assignment(s) and approve registration.

Internships, an alternative to co-op, are known for the flexibility they can provide.

Internships are paid, like co-op, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. All engineering internships are paid, provide real job experiences, including part-time employment, and can be done during fall, spring, and/or summer. Internships and co-ops can be great confidence builders and strong facilitators of the school-to-work transition. They are excellent opportunities for students to gain experience working in their field and provide insights about potential employers, their products, and work environment.

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Graduates with a degree in Construction Management have many career options:

  • Architectural, engineering, and related service firms
  • Building code compliance
  • Construction estimating Construction project management
  • Construction safety
  • Government
  • Specialty trade contractors (electrical, heating and air-conditioning, general building, plumbing)


For more information visit the Career Services page.