Public Information: Education Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Construction Management

Program Accreditation

Construction education began at the College of Technology in 1958. The construction program became accredited under the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 1968 and maintained accreditation for 36 years. In 2010, the Construction Management program became accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). Since 2010 the program has grown to include over 400 undergraduate and 60 graduate students. Educational instruction is provided by six full-time faculty and 15-20 industry professionals (part-time instructors) that bring real-life projects to the classrooms.

ACCE LogoThe ACCE is a global advocate of quality construction education programs and promotes, supports, and accredits quality education programs. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management, and construction technology.

Program Mission and Educational Objective

The mission of the CM Program is to provide students with skills and knowledge that are valued by the commercial, industrial and heavy civil construction industry and result in increasing the students' marketability and potential for success.

  1. Maintain a diverse student body
  2. Create an environment in which students excel and grow
  3. Prepare competitive graduates who are valued by employers

Program Outcomes

Our graduates will possess the following knowledge and skills:

  1. Familiarity with Business Principles (knowledge & skills)
  2. Understanding of Project Delivery Methods
  3. Ability to Apply Design Theory
  4. Familiarity with Design Basics
  5. Ability to Describe Common Construction Materials & Methods
  6. Ability to Use Graphics and to Read Blueprints
  7. Familiarity with Principles of Site Development & Layout
  8. Ability to Prepare Quantity Take-offs & Cost Estimates
  9. Ability to Prepare Construction Schedules
  10. Familiarity with Basic principles of Accounting & Finance
  11. Familiarity with Construction Law
  12. Understanding of Project Management Principles
  13. Ability to Apply CM Skills on Real-life Projects
  14. Ability to Work in Teams
  15. Understanding of Roles and Responsibilities of Construction Firms
  16. Understanding of Construction Documents
  17. Understanding of Construction Safety Principles
  18. Understanding of Ethics Principles
  19. Ability to Professionally Communicate (Written & Oral)
  20. AIC Exam Certification

Career Paths

The construction industry has maintained high demand for CM graduates who possess dynamic personal skills and can integrate construction science, engineering and business skills. The high demand is manifested in the average starting salary of many of our graduates ($50,000 - $60,000) with the potential of earning $120,000 - $150,000 in 10-15 years. The job market has offered our graduates employment in positions such as Project Managers, Construction Managers, Construction Superintendents, Field Engineers, Construction Planners, Construction Estimators and contract administrators. The majority of our students are hired by general contractors and engineering-construction firms. The CM program has produced a number of its graduates who have become top administrators and officers of major regional and international companies.

Program Assessment Information

The Construction Management (CM) Undergraduate program has established a comprehensive assessment process for continuous improvement. The Academic Quality Plan presents the CM assessment and evaluation process and describes the measures used to collect data on student performance. The Course Outcomes Matrix establishes the link between CM Program Learning Outcomes and specific courses. The Assessment Process Flowchart illustrates the relationship between different assessment and evaluation activities. Finally, the Assessment of Student Learning report presents data collected through the assessment tools and actions taken base on assessment results.

Program Curriculum and Admission Requirements

The curriculum of the Construction Management Undergraduate program are described on the following website: Bachelors of Science in Construction Management

Admission requirements for the Construction Management Undergraduate program are consistent with the University of Houston policies. These requirements can be found at:

Student Achievement

On average, our students receive 12 scholarships per year. Our graduates obtain employment with major in both industrial and commercial sector.

  • Student Scholarships Granted
  • Examples of Employers that repeatedly hire from our program, include:
    Austin Commercial J.E. Dunn Southwest Shipyard
    Balfour Beatty Jacobs Spaw Glass
    Bartlett Cocke KBR Spaw Maxwell
    Bechtel Kiewit Energy STP Nuclear
    Cajun Constructors Linbeck TD Industries
    Faithful & Gould M.D. Anderson Cancer Center The Trevino Group
    Fluor Manhattan Construction Turner
    Gilbane Marek Brothers Vaughn Construction
    Harvey Builders Pepper Lawson W.S. Bellows
    Hensel Phelps Satterfield Pontikes Worley Parson
    ISC Skanska  
  • Awards from the following agencies:
    • ABC (Association of Building Contractors) Greater Houston Chapter Student Mock Competition 1st place 2011
    • AGC (Association of General Contractors) Best Presenter Student National Competition 2011