A bachelor’s degree in construction management from Florida Tech leads to an exciting and dynamic career. Rather than working in a narrowly defined path such as architecture, civil engineering or finance, men and women in construction immerse themselves in the complete lifecycle of a project, from planning through completion. Construction managers coordinate activities on a wide variety of projects, working with architects and engineers, bankers and finance experts and product suppliers. They ultimately control the building process, managing laborers and interacting with clients at completion. The range of projects spans all types of construction from highways, commercial buildings and homes to critical infrastructure such as bridges and water treatment plants, to name a few. The construction manager’s sought-after expertise lies in the ability to organize, lead, and manage people and processes to meet deadlines, budgets and customer expectations.
Designed in cooperation with the university's Construction Industry Advisory Board to meet the high demand for construction professionals in Florida and beyond, the bachelor of science degree in construction management combines vital engineering know-how with practical business skills. The program trains undergraduates to work in this rapidly expanding field as confident construction managers whose expertise covers commercial, civil and residential disciplines.
What makes Florida Tech’s degree in construction management different from purely technical or engineering programs is the inclusion of six business courses built right into the program. The CM degree from Florida Tech is a practically focused business-oriented major for students interested in management, construction and land development. Florida Tech students are also well prepared to pursue graduate studies in business such as the Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Undergraduate students majoring in construction management with a GPA of 3.4 or higher are eligible to enter Florida Tech's FastTrack MBA program. Under the FastTrack program, students can take two graduate courses during their final undergraduate year which count towards both their B.S. and future MBA. Participants thus have already completed two of the ten courses required for an MBA. It’s another way that Florida Tech gives students a competitive advantage.
The construction industry in Brevard County and the Space Coast of Florida, is extremely active, making Florida Tech’s surrounding area a virtual living laboratory of hands-on experience. Located in close proximity to the expanding Kennedy Space Center, amidst one of the country’s largest high-tech employment environments and Orlando’s entertainment industries, students earning a degree in construction management have access to a variety of ongoing construction projects, undergraduate research opportunities and internships. With an average year-round temperature of 72 degrees, there is a year-round construction season in Florida, increasing opportunity for student internships and jobs.
Students graduating with a degree in construction management are well positioned to enter the profession requiring little to no additional on-the-job training. Historically, about 80% of seniors from the College of Engineering & Computing at Florida Tech receive job offers prior to graduation, and nearly 100% of construction management graduates find a great degree-related job or enter graduate school within three months of graduation.
An added benefit of a degree in construction management is that the skills learned in this program are easily applied to other fields, making career progression or migration a real possibility. The expertise gained in subjects such as leadership, organization, planning, budgeting, production and management are essential to nearly every industry, especially in more senior positions giving graduates of this program a degree of flexibility not found in other, more focused, engineering disciplines.