Focus on the highly specialized mechanical and electrical construction areas to ensure the success of a wide variety of building projects.

Mechanical and Electrical Construction Management

What you can’t see behind a building’s walls is what makes it hum, from electrical conduit to copper pipe, and from sophisticated HVAC systems to emergency power generators. If these systems don’t work, the building doesn’t either. The best construction managers must understand the mechanical and electrical systems of a project to make the overall project a success.

When you study for your mechanical and electrical construction management degree at Purdue, you will focus on these highly specialized areas of the construction industry. You will be part of a program where you can start a construction career focused on healthcare, power, refineries or pharmaceuticals. If you need to bring liquids, gases or electricity into or out of a building, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of electrical and mechanical construction management.

It doesn’t matter how large or small, or which sector of the global construction industry you work in. Every project will have some portion of work dedicated to mechanical and electrical specialties. Many times, these two specialties will comprise the largest percentage of work on a project. Understanding the supporting engineering documents, equipment and subcontractors will always give you and your company an advantage. Your instructors have years of experience in these specific areas, and you will learn in our state-of-the-art labs to put the theories into practice.

You will gain plenty of hands-on experience as well during the required 800 internship hours of construction-related experience, which is a requirement for all majors in the School of Construction Management Technology.

Meet our faculty, most of whom have industry experience.


  • Combine the growing demand for graduates with this knowledge with a major that few universities offer
  • Take advantage of project-based learning in updated labs and with some of the newest technology in the industry, such as 3D laser scanners and robotic total stations
  • Gain valuable experience as you complete 800 hours of on-site construction work as part of your graduation requirements
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

What can I do?

Project engineer
Project manager

Where can I go?

Citgo Petroleum Co.
Bowen Engineering
BMW Constructors
Gaylor Electric, Inc.
I really enjoy the electrical work in construction management because of opportunities it brings in big cities. One of my internships took me to Houston where we were on site completing the final build of the downtown Houston light rail.
Binyam Gurmu
Building Construction Management

What to expect in Mechanical and Electrical 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 27500 Construction Plans and Measurements
BCM 25001 Construction Project And Administrative Management
BCM 21601 Electrical Construction
BCM 28500 Construction Mechanics
BCM 30101 Introduction to Construction Company Financial Management
BCM 31500 Mechanical Construction Estimating
BCM 31600 Electrical Construction Estimating
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 41700 Design/Build for MEP Contractors
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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