Construction Management Major at John Brown University

Construction Management Major at John Brown University


Construction Management is a profession
that manages all aspects of the building process. We start with teaching in the
basics of methods and materials construction, and the purpose of that is
so that a manager later in his career can understand how the craftsmen and the
people in the field are putting the job together. Each semester we have a company
day, and there are anywhere from 10 to 12 companies that will come and interview
our students, and most of our students get summer internships, several with
multiple offers even after their freshman year. So my freshman year, I
worked with Novelty Construction as an intern on the Arkansas Children’s
Hospital project, and now it’s finished being built, so it’s kind of fun to drive
by and say, “Oh I remember when that wasn’t there!” The JBU
construction management degree is fairly unique in that we have a capstone
project our seniors get involved with their last year. As a senior now, I lead
the Construction Techniques class for the freshmen, so everything we’ve learned
up to this point is kind of now, “Okay well now you have to practice it.” And so
the seniors are responsible to help plan and manage, along with the faculty, to do
various projects here in our town. With a Contraction Management degree, I think
one of the great things about it is it’s very versatile. I can see myself going
overseas maybe, or just working for a contraction firm here, but also the
Construction Management degree doesn’t have to be necessarily construction
because we’re also learning how to manage people. When you look at the JBU
Construction Management program, it provides great value beyond the programs
you can look at at other universities.

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