Engineering Technology

Construction Management

Program Details

The Construction Management program, which is accredited by ATMAE (the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering), prepares students for areas such as construction management or supervision or superintending, estimating, surveying, scheduling, inspecting, contracting, and project planning. The curriculum is designed to provide a background in the concepts, theories, and principles that define contemporary residential and commercial construction. Field experiences allow students to be involved in activities that simulate those on a construction site. Field trips to construction sites allow students opportunities to view and observe first-hand state-of-the-art building materials and techniques. Classes also involve using tools and equipment to engage in construction fabrication activities and learn how to conduct a survey. No prior construction experience is required for admittance to the program. The professional practice class has instruction that prepares students for career and internship searches, etiquette, networking, presentation skills, interviewing, office communication, communicating with clients, and more.

Knoblauch Hall is host to state-of-the-art computer hardware and software in support of construction curricula. Students use the most updated version of AutoDesk software (AutoCAD, Inventor, and Revit). In addition, there is a construction laboratory and a materials laboratory that are used for a variety of learning activities in our program. Our facilities are also home to concrete testing activities and surveying activities that use the WIU campus as a laboratory. A sampling of class activities include the following:

  • Soils testing
  • Construction estimating
  • Construction scheduling
  • Architectural drafting
  • Material testing
  • Building systems in construction
  • Electrical power systems
  • Advanced technology computer instruction
  • Construction surveying

Special Opportunities

A key component of the major is the required internship. Every student in his or her junior or senior year earns course credit for successfully applying knowledge while gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. By securing an internship in any approved major-related field, each student has the opportunity to enhance his or her skills in a professional work environment of particular interest. Many students report that the internship experience helps them focus their career goals and make vital industry contacts that benefit them upon graduation. Industry site supervisors continually report that the required internship is the vital link between education and the world of business, industry, and government service. Students in the major can further customize their education by enrolling in an optional independent study course. Because the Construction Management program is comprehensive, students in this area are not required to pursue a minor.

Student Activities

Students enrolled in the Department of Engineering Technology are invited to become members of the National Association of Homebuilders, the Western Illinois Construction Management Association, and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America. Students travel to, and participate in, competitions at regional/national conferences, attend field trips, and host professionals who provide insight into their selected fields.

Student Success

The mean GPA for undergraduate students at WIU is 3.15. The mean GPA for graduates in Construction Management is 2.766.

Department Minors

  • Construction Technology
  • Emerging Design Technologies
  • Graphic Communication
  • Industrial Technology
  • Instructional Design and Technology Download the Brochure (pdf)
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Operations Management

Additional Resources

Placement of Construction Management majors is greater than 91%. A 2013 survey of graduates from the past three years indicated that the average starting salary was greater than $45,000. Current salaries for these graduate with up to 10 years of experience are approaching an average of $60,000. Nearly 60 to 75% of graduates have been promoted, and nearly 60% were hired by the company where they served as interns. A recent NACE salary survey indicated that an average salary for entry-level positions in Construction Management was $58,883.

Alumni Job Titles

Within 5 Years of Graduation
  • Assistant Project Engineer
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Scheduler
  • Estimator
  • CAD Manager
5+ Years Past Graduation
  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Document Control Engineer
  • Field Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Safety Manager
  • Office Manager

Employers of Alumni

  • Brockway Mechanical & Roofing
  • Bush Construction
  • Chicago Bridge & Iron
  • City of Joliet Blding & Inspections
  • EMCOR Services Team
  • Gilbane Company
  • Illinois Dept. of Transportation
  • Keokuk Contractors
  • Kiewit
  • Laverdiere Construction, Inc.
  • Leopardo Construction
  • Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Plote Construction, Inc.
  • Quigg Engineering
  • Walsh Construction

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

Course Descriptions


132 Introduction to Construction Management. (3) Introduction to the field of Construction and Facilities Management. Includes the study and application of methods, systems, processes, tools, and equipment that are common to current industry practices in the built environment. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

230 Construction Documents and Plan Reading. (3) A comprehensive study of the common construction documents including plan reading methodologies, bid documents, addenda, and basic quantity take-off of construction materials. 3 hrs. lect.

232 Construction Systems. (3) Introduction to construction systems including the interrelationships between the elements of construction, basic graphical construction, and related fields. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CSTM 132. 3 hrs. lect.

236 Surveying for Construction. (3) An introduction to surveying methods used in the construction industry. Students will learn surveying techniques for roads and building sites. Conventional as well as electronic surveying equipment will be used. Not open to students with credit in AGTM 461. Prerequisite: MATH 123. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

260 Construction Statics and Strength of Materials. (3) A study of structural factors that influence the development of building design. Survey of statics and strength of materials with an introduction to structural planning and preliminary structural design for temporary structures related to Construction Management. Prerequisite: MATH 123 or higher. 3 hrs. lect.

301 Residential Architectural Design. (3) The study of residential architectural design including drawing setup, architectural programming, site plan, floor plan layouts, elevation, construction details, and 3D modeling using current industry software. Provides students with the foundational knowledge of blueprint creation for residential building construction projects. Prerequisite: ET 105. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

302 Commercial Architectural Design. (3) A study of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for commercial construction teaching students the basic skills to develop and use BIM on a project for construction planning, documents, cost estimating, and highquality 3D designs utilizing current industry software. Prerequisite: CSTM 301. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

320 Professional Preparation in Construction Management. (3) Prepares and enables students to gain skills and experience with the professional internship search process and career success. Topics will include cover letters, resume preparation, networking, job searching, interviewing, professional business communications, presentations, and correspondence related to Construction Management. Prerequisite: Construction Management/Technology major or minor, and sophomore standing.

334 Construction Concepts. (3) An introductory study of concepts related to construction. Content includes foundations, wood framing, and light gauge and medium gauge steel framing. Prerequisite: CSTM 232. 3 hrs. lect.

336 Aggregate Based Materials. (3) A study of residential and commercial uses of aggregate materials as structural systems with a focus upon aggregate, Portland cement concrete, and asphalt cement concrete. Laboratory experiences include application techniques. Prerequisite: CSTM 334. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

337 Electrical and Mechanical Systems. (3) A study of electrical and mechanical systems. Content includes electrical, plumbing, and HVAC system design; lighting, acoustics systems selection, and utilization for energy conservation. Sustainable energy options and trends for all systems will also be introduced. Prerequisite: CSTM 334. 3 hrs. lect.

345 (Formerly CSTM 310) Construction Scheduling. (3) A study of planning and scheduling practices used by the construction industry. Scheduling logic, productivity and durations, resource leveling, cost loading, critical path issues, and applications of computer software for the creation of construction project schedules are covered. Prerequisite: CSTM 334. 3 hrs. lect.

356 (Cross-listed with ET 356) Introduction to Power Systems. (3) A study of electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic power systems. Emphasis upon structural and behavioral characteristics of components used in the generation, transmission, and control of power systems used in contemporary industry. Not open to students with credit in ET 356. Prerequisite or Corequisite: PHYS 114 or 115 or 150 or permission of instructor. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

430 Construction Estimating. (3) A study of construction industry estimating techniques and practices for both residential and commercial construction. Students will practice estimating with both simulation exercises and actual construction projects. Computer software will be utilized in this course. Prerequisite: CSTM 230, 301, or permission of instructor. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

432 Construction Management. (3) A capstone course covering holistic construction planning and management techniques starting with project conception and site planning, financing and cost management, and project closeout issues. A course project will include bidding, scheduling, project management documents, and a professional proposal presentation. Prerequisites: CSTM 345, 430, and 433; or permission of instructor. 3 hrs. lect.

433 Legal Aspects of Construction. (3) A comprehensive review of legal aspects of construction for managers. Topics include contracts/agreements, liens, bonds, insurance, codes, certification, laws, and ethics. Prerequisite: CSTM 230 or permission of instructor. 3 hrs. lect.

440 Green and Sustainable Construction. (3) (Global Issues) Comprehensive coverage of green and sustainable construction principles, materials, and methods. Sustainable construction rating systems will be discussed with the focus on LEED criteria. Prerequisite: 75 hours of completed college coursework or permission of instructor. 3 hrs. lect.

448 Construction Occupational Safety and Health. (3) A study of the Federal OSHA Act as it applies to the construction industry. Beyond federal regulations, the course includes accident prevention plans, safety education, and documentation preparation. 3 hrs. lect.

455 Construction Management Seminar. (1–3) Each offering provides students with an opportunity for intensive study in specialty topics reflective of the variety in Construction Management. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 3 s.h. Graded S/U only. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor.

460 Soils and Foundations for Construction. (3) A course on basic principles of structural soils and structure foundations, soil classification implications, and applications for the construction industry. Prerequisite: CSTM 260. 3 hrs. lect.

470 Facilities Management Capstone. (3) Summarizes the construction option of study in Facilities Management combining areas of Facilities Planning, Capital Projects Management, Real Estate, and Human Resource Management as they link to current technology. Prerequisites: RPTA 482, ET 346, and senior standing. 3 hrs. lect.

492 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Selection and exploration of a specific area of Construction Management or planning issue, solution of a specific construction industry problem, in-depth study of specific areas of construction, or exploration and/ or achievement of a relevant professional certification. Prerequisite: Senior college standing, 21 s.h. of CSTM coursework, and approval of department chairperson. GPA requirement of 2.50 in major.

493 Internship. (3–12 in 3-hour blocks, repeatable to 12) Off-campus work experience in construction. Written weekly reports required. Writing Instruction in the Discipline WID course. Recommend completion before entering last term on campus. A maximum of 9 s.h. may be applied toward major requirements. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing; prerequisites as related to the student’s technology option selected; ENG 280. A minimum GPA of 2.00, a minimum GPA of 2.00 from courses completed within the major, and approval of program coordinator. Graded S/U only.


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