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Construction Management

WVU Tech gives you everything you need to build a future of your own in the exciting world of construction management. We prepare our students with the knowledge, hands-on skills and leadership training they need to thrive in the field.

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The only Construction Management degree program in West Virginia

WVU Tech's Construction Management program, which boasts a 100% job placement rate since the program began, is the only four-year degree of its kind in West Virginia. Students are trained to be tomorrow’s leaders in the construction industry to be technically competent, safety-focused, quality-centered, ethical and socially and environmentally responsible.

What is Construction Management?

Construction is a complex industry that needs experienced managers to oversee its operations. Competent construction managers are always in demand and can work in different types of construction organizations. They have various roles and job titles, such as project managers, coordinators, estimators and safety specialists. Some may advance to higher positions within companies or start their own firms.

Construction Management at WVU Tech

Graduates of the Construction Management program will have the knowledge, as well as the technical, administrative and communication skills, necessary to succeed in the construction industry. Students demonstrate the skills to deliver construction projects with respect to scope, schedule, budget, quality, safety and the environment.

More specifically graduates of our program will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to formulate or design a system, process or program to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify and solve applied science problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice Program Curriculum

In order to facilitate the stated student outcomes, the program curriculum includes specific topics in:

  • construction project management from pre-design through commissioning;
  • project life-cycle and sustainability;
  • health and safety, accident prevention, and regulatory compliance;
  • law, contract documents administration, and dispute prevention and resolution;
  • materials, labor and methods of construction;
  • finance and accounting principles;
  • planning and scheduling;
  • cost management including plan reading, quantity take offs and estimating;
  • project delivery methods;
  • leadership and managing people;
  • and business and communication skills required for professional practice.

Build it bigger, Better and Faster at WVU Tech

The program provides a solid foundation in mathematics (algebra and trigonometry), physics, economics and communications. Students learn about construction methods and materials, soils and structural systems, surveying, estimating, scheduling, field and office operations, construction law, construction safety, production and building systems.

Construction is the second-largest industry in the United States and is responsible for the buildings and infrastructure that are so vital to the nation's quality of life. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction management will have excellent job prospects in this fast-growing field.


Median Construction Management Salary

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2024

Career Opportunities for Construction Management Graduates

Professional construction managers earn excellent salaries and derive great satisfaction working in fields such as commercial and institutional building, residential construction, infrastructure (highways, bridges and dams) and industrial construction. Graduates will also be positioned to work for government agencies such as the West Virginia Department of Highways, the General Services Administration and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Computer Applications for Construction

Learn how to use spreadsheets, charts and tables for problem-solving and create the reports and presentations required for effective construction management. You'll learn about the hardware and software construction pros use to keep jobs running smoothly.

Construction Safety & Production Systems

Discover how to design safe, effective and reliable construction processes. Explore ways to establish access to the workforce and how to create a stable workflow. Learn about concepts like continuous improvement, respect for people, elimination of waste, reducing variability and increasing plan reliability.

Heavy Construction Practice

This studio course will apply your construction management knowledge to heavy infrastructure projects. Project life cycle includes preconstruction, construction and closeout. You'll learn about bridges, pavements, utilities and heavy equipment applications. At the end of the course, you'll put your skills to the test with a full report and presentation.

Construction Management Graduate Careers

  • Project managers
  • Coordinators
  • Estimators
  • Safety specialists
  • Business development managers
  • Construction superintendents
  • Construction firm owners

Your Construction Management Faculty

Guillermo D. Hahn, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management

Profile: Guillermo D. Hahn, Ph.D.

Kase Poling, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Construction Management

Profile: Kase Poling, Ph.D.

Muzibur Rahman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Construction Management

Profile: Muzibur Rahman, Ph.D.

Ebenezer Tackey-Otoo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Construction Management

Profile: Ebenezer Tackey-Otoo, Ph.D.