NCC's Construction Management program covers the essentials such as codes and blueprint reading, but also includes business law, ethics, planning and scheduling, and other important management tools. The courses provide students with the Core Progressive Threads of Construction management: Leadership and Supervisory, Health & safety, legal & Ethical, Effective Communication and Public Relations. The required practicum gives students the opportunity to perform various functions, gain insight into the challenges of managing a site, and enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Associate in Applied Science degree may be completed in the day or evening, or on a part-time or full-time basis; a few courses may not be offered in the evening every semester.
Many construction managers work from a main office, but most work out of a field office at the construction site, where they monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities. The need to meet deadlines and respond to emergencies often requires long hours. Construction managers will be needed as overall construction activity increases over the coming decade. Those with a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, or civil engineering, coupled with construction experience, will have the best job prospects.