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Bachelor of Science - Construction Management
The Construction Management program prepares students for areas such as construction management, construction supervision, surveying, construction superintending, scheduling, inspecting, contracting, and project planning. The curriculum is designed to provide a background in the concepts, theories, and principles that define contemporary residential and commercial construction. Field experiences allow students to be involved in activities that simulate those on a construction site. Field trips to construction sites allow students opportunities to view and observe first-hand state-of-the-art building materials and techniques. Classes also involve using tools and equipment to engage in construction fabrication activities and learn how to conduct a survey. No prior experience with construction management is required upon enrollment.
Knoblauch Hall is host to state-of-the-art computer hardware and software in support of construction curricula. Students use the most updated version of AutoDesk software (AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit Architecture). In addition, there is a construction laboratory and a materials laboratory that are used for a variety of leaning activities in our program. Our facilities are also home to concrete testing activities and surveying activities that use the WIU campus as a laboratory. A sampling of class activities include the following:
- Architectural drafting
- Material testing
- Framing construction
- HVAC installation
- Electrical wiring
- Advanced technology computer instruction
- Construction estimating
- Total station surveying equipment
Honors in Engineering Technology
Department of Engineering Technology students who are in high academic standing at WIU are invited to join Epsilon Pi Tau. Epsilon Pi Tau is the honorary for the Professions in Technology with over 20,000 initiated members worldwide.
Honors College Admission Requirements: To be eligible for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must have an ACT composite score of at least 28 OR have a 26 or 27 composite ACT and be in the top 15% of their graduating class OR have an ACT composite score of at least 24 and be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. A comparable SAT score is acceptable. Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours. Honors credit is given for honors coursework completed at other accredited institutions. To find out more, visit wiu.edu/Honors.
The mean grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate students at WIU is 3.078. The mean GPA for graduates in Construction Management is 3.007.
Placement of Engineering Technology majors is greater than 91%. A 2011 survey of graduates from the past 10 years indicated that the average starting salary was greater than $45,000. Current salaries for these graduates with up to 10 years of experience are approaching an average of $60,000. Nearly 60 to 75% of graduates have been promoted, and nearly 60% were hired by the company where they served as interns. A recent NACE salary survey indicated that initial positions in Construction Management ranged from $48,000 to $54,800, and an average salary for initial Engineering Services positions was $60,000. The AIGA/Aquent Survey of Design Salaries 2010 (Graphic Communication) reports the following median total cash compensation figures for these design-related careers: entry-level designer, $37,500; Web designer, $58,500; print production manager, $64,000; senior designer, $65,000; and creative/design director, $100,000.
WIU’s Career Services is committed to helping students transition smoothly into successful careers by providing résumé assistance, mock interview sessions, and preparatory seminars. Additionally, several networking and career fairs are held each year, and an extensive eRecruiting database is provided for students in all class levels. For more information, contact Career Services at (309) 298-1838 or visit careers.wiu.edu.
Careers in Construction Managment
- Computer design/drafting
- Construction supervising
A recent NACE salary survey indicated that initial positions in Construction Management ranged from $48,000 to $54,800. Another construction salary survey indicated that beginning salaries for construction managers ranged from $45,000 to $60,000.
According to a recent annual report prepared by WIU's Career Services office, the vast majority of graduates from the Construction Management degree program reported that they had secured employment in the business and industry sector within a year of their graduation date. (Report based on alumni who responded to the survey, Annual Report 2006-2007.)
All students in the Construction Management program are invited to become members of the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). A second, very active student organization is the Western Illinois Construction Management Association (WICMA). WICMA is a professional student organization open to all Construction Management majors and minors currently attending Western Illinois University. It provides members with a chance to become more involved around the WIU campus as well as around the Macomb community within our field of study.
Activities of WICMA include community services such as volunteering for trail clean up and various projects associated with the Horn Field Campus. WICMA also works with Habitat For Humanity and is open to undertaking other activities related to our field.
Academic activities involve inviting guest lecturers to share relevant field of study information. WICMA members also participate in the student competition at ASC (Associated Schools of Construction), discuss various class topics, and share job fair information.
The Construction Management program at Western Illinois University is accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
A key component of the major is the required internship. Every student in his or her junior or senior year earns course credit for successfully applying knowledge while gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. By securing an internship in any approved major-related field, each student has the opportunity to enhance his or her skills in a professional work environment of particular interest. Many students report that the internship experience helps them focus their career goals and make vital industry contacts that benefit them upon graduation.
Students can further customize their education by enrolling in an optional independent study course and may declare any minor offered at WIU. Suggested complementary minors include Industrial Technology (emphasis in drafting/design), Business, and Geology.