Careers and Opportunities
Careers for Construction Management Majors
- Field Engineer - Provide technical engineering information to company supervision and crafts to insure construction work complies with all engineering standards.
- Assistant Estimator - Assist in gathering, calculating and compiling cost data for use in bid proposal estimates for one or more discipline areas.
- Assistant Superintendent I - Assist in supervising craft employees assigned to a particular construction discipline work area such as: concrete, reinforcing bar, excavation, erection of structural steel, duct work, electrical piping, etc.
- Cost Engineering I - Perform tasks related to the collection of cost data required to monitor project budgets and estimates. Learn to apply the principles and techniques of resource monitoring to specific tasks related to a portion of a project through on-the-job training.
- Buyer - Purchase expendable construction materials, supplies, repair prats for company equipment, small tools, and administers service contracts.
- Schedule Engineer I - Perform tasks related to the collection and devaluation of data required to monitor project schedules. Learn to apply the principles and techniques of resource monitoring to specific tasks.
- Quality Control Engineer - Perform or assist in a variety of quality control engineering and inspection work related to a specific discipline such as civil, structural, mechanical, piping, welding, NDE and/or electrical.
- Labor Relations Assistant - Provide administrative and technical research support to corporate and/or project relations personnel.
- Contract Administrator I - Coordinate, administer and supervise routine on-site contract (or sub-contract) work, using standardized methods relating to the processing and recording of contracts for one particular project.
Watch videos produced by The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), highlight some construction management opportunities.
Clubs & Competitions
- Eagle Construction Company - Our Construction Management students not only learn about construction, but also apply their knowledge on the job through JBU's student-run, Eagle Construction Company (ECC). (More Info)
- Construction Management Club - JBU's CM Club is chartered by the Arkansas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the American Institute of Contractors (AIC). It organizes and sponsors field trips, guest speakers and the annual Top Hammer Competition.
- Samaritan's Purse Disaster Shelter Competition - Each year JBU hosts teams from several college in an annual disaster shelter competition. (More Info) Our team took first place last year!
- Top Hammer Competition - During JBU's Top Hammer Competition, Construction Management students compete in a number of field activities from plate-walks, block-carries and nail-drives, to level-eyes and obstacle courses. The competition follows an Eagle Construction lab and takes place in the fall semester.
Service Projects & Trips
JBU provides opportunities for CM students to serve their local and international community through Service Projects and Trips.
Past local projects include building wheel chair ramps, re-roofing houses and assisting with the remodeling of a local pregnancy center. International teams have constructed churches in Sudan, orphanages in Uganda, buildings in Tanzania, hospitals in Haiti, church buildings in Mexico and housing in the Bahamas.
JBU Construction Management graduates encounter a wide variety of career choices. Our department maintains contact with over 50 companies posting summer and full time positions all over the world.
The JBU Career Development Center (CDC) is also available on campus to equip CM students with quality programs, resources and services for making wise decisions concerning their academic and professional lives. The center is located in the Walker Student Center where it assists students with writing resumes, preparing for interviews and connecting with JBU alumni.
Potential employers like to see that graduates have gained practical experience through summer internships. So, in addition to the practicum provided through on-campus course work and various service projects, each student is required to work for a construction company for at least one summer (a minimum of 400 hours) during his or her college career. This fulfills the requirements of the CM 2431/2441 course sequence.
Summer internships are typically paid jobs secured by a student's own effort. JBU's CM Department and Career Development Center can sometimes assist students in their search. After an internship is complete, the student fills out a one-page form describing their work activity. This form is reviewed by the instructor and mailed by the CM Department to the employer for verification and comment.
Associations provide a professional link between JBU students and the construction field. Graduates find that the involvement they begin as students continues to be valuable throughout their career.
- American Institute of Constructors (AIC)
- American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE)
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
- Constructor Certification Commission (CCC)
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)