Learn leadership and business concepts for construction, renovation or restoration projects and prepare to be an effective leader and partner.

Construction Management

From the world’s tallest building to the custom home being constructed down the block, all construction projects need leadership and management expertise. In Purdue’s construction management program, you'll gain skills to be a leader in the growing global construction industry. You’ll learn what it takes to successfully manage construction projects, from the conceptual budgets to day-to-day operations to project turn over and completion. The curriculum will prepare you to be a future executive in this increasingly fast-paced and high-tech industry.

You and your classmates will work together on projects that touch on all aspects of a construction project: materials, methods, scheduling, estimating, safety and the latest technology being used in the construction industry. This approach is a hallmark of all majors in the School of Construction Management Technology. In addition, you are able to experience the subjects first hand by visiting current construction jobsites. Because your education is a combination of classes that focus on leadership skills, management tools and industry insights, you will be ready for internships and a lucrative career in construction. 

Meet our faculty, most of whom have industry experience.

Find out more about the Building Construction Management Minor.

BCM students gain experience by visiting active job sites

Special features

  • Take classes that offer hands-on experience with real projects in both field and office work
  • Learn from professors who have extensive experience in all areas of the construction industry
  • Gain valuable experience as you complete 800 hours of construction-related internship work as part of your graduation requirements
  • Take advantage of benefits that have resulted in near 100 percent employment in recent years: two School of Construction Management Technology Career Fairs each year that attract 150 employers as well as the school’s stellar reputation and continually updated coursework
  • Share your knowledge (and learn more yourself) on study abroad excursions to Ireland, China, England or Australia.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

Choose this construction management major for a general overview or choose a field of specialization with one of the following supporting majors:

What can I do?

Project Manager
Field Engineer
Project Engineer

Where can I go?

Pepper Construction
Turner Construction
Hensel Phelps
Playing a key role in the built environment really gives me a sense of purpose in whatever community I'm working in. Whether it's a hospital, school, power plant, or highway, I know the work that I am doing will have a direct and positive effect on the people. One of my internships took me to Texas where we were on site managing the completion of the light rail running through downtown Houston.
Binyam Gurmu
Building Construction Management

What to expect in Construction Management

Core courses

BCM 10001 Introduction to Construction
BCM 11201 Construction Surveying Fundamentals
BCM 17500 Construction Materials and Methods
BCM 21200 Construction Layout
BCM 21500 Mechanical Construction
BCM 21601 Electrical Construction
BCM 25001 Construction Project And Administrative Management
BCM 27500 Construction Plans and Measurements
BCM 28500 Construction Mechanics
BCM 30101 Introduction to Construction Company Financial Management
BCM 34500 Scheduling
BCM 35000 Construction Site Planning
BCM 35501 Construction Site Supervision
BCM 37500 Estimating
BCM 38000 Concrete Construction
BCM 38501 Soils in Construction
BCM 45500 Construction Business and Contracts
BCM 45701 Construction Safety
BCM 47500 Construction Costs
BCM 48701 Construction Capstone

What it's like to be a TECHIE!

The Polytechnic learning environment

Our learning experience is designed to produce graduates who not only have deep knowledge, applied skills, and experiences in their chosen discipline, but also problem solving, critical thinking, communications, and leadership skills sought by industries and communities.

About the department

The School of Construction Management Technology focuses on providing the education and skills necessary to groom leaders in the construction industry. The education and research conducted at Purdue affects the safety and quality of all built environments.

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