The industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction sector drives the success of the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree. Here's what sector leaders had to say about our program:
"The introduction of the Construction Management program at George Brown College is the next stage of development of professionalism in the construction industry. For the first time, the industry has its own degree-specific program which brings together the two most important elements identified by leading construction executives – the science of construction and the science of management."
Temple Harris, Vice-Chairman, Gillam Group
"In order to provide the necessary leadership, we need to staff our projects with construction professionals. Therefore, we believe the four-year degree program in Construction Management at George Brown College is an important component to ensure our continual requirement for construction professionals will be met."
Christopher Rick, PCL Constructors, Canada Inc.
"As the industry expands and continues to change, it is imperative that individuals overseeing and managing construction projects are properly trained in all facets of the business."
James Zippel, General Manager, Electrical Service & Projects, Ainsworth
"It is a fact that the construction industry is the largest employer in the Greater Toronto Area. Producing future graduates who already have the necessary construction-specific skills as they start their careers will only help strengthen the long-term success of our industry."
Greg Kozicz, President, Alberici Constructors, Ltd.
"In our opinion, there continues to be a real need for improved and advanced education and training in the construction sector and an improved method of attracting and retaining the best and brightest of our future generations. We submit that this program is a significant step in the right direction towards achieving these goals and believe that successful graduates of an effective four-year degree program will help to raise the bar in terms of the knowledge and capabilities of companies involved in the construction industry."
Michael George, President, Trisura Insurance
"The urgency for a program of this nature is fuelled by the rapid change in our construction industry and the fact that it is becoming more technology-driven each day. Having graduates of such competency enter the industry with refined skills on both the technical and managerial aspects of construction will not only fill a void that currently exists, but bring immeasurable promise to the future of project managers, site superintendents and construction management in general."
Mike Van Volsen, Operations Manager, Access Suspended Platforms Inc.
The Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in all aspects of the construction industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Construction Manager
- Project Manager
- Project Coordinator
- Field Engineer
- Site Superintendent
- Project Monitor
- Building Science Specialist
- Building Condition Assessor
- Construction Sales Manager
- Construction Claims Specialist
- Construction Quality Control Specialist
- Construction Health and Safety Specialist
- Construction Cost Consultant
- Project Controls Specialist
- Site Inspector
CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS NEED SPECIALIZED SKILLS TO SUCCEED
According to the 2015 Build Force Canada report, 420,000 workers in the 34 core construction and trades occupations will be needed to replace existing workers and meet new labour market demand between now and 2024.
In this rapidly changing and growing industry, more and more highly trained construction managers are needed – managers who can effectively function within multidisciplinary teams of owners/developers, project managers, architects, engineers, planners, government authorities, contractors and trade contractors. In addition, the industry needs construction managers with a comprehensive knowledge of construction safety and quality management systems and sustainable construction practices. The construction industry also requires professionals who possess a broad technical and business management background that allows them to coordinate multidisciplinary teams and liaise with various stakeholders.
Construction managers plan, organize, lead and control construction projects from start to finish, according to design, regulatory compliance requirements, contracts, specifications, budgets and schedules, with a focus on sustainable construction techniques and practices.
- Conduct feasibility studies for project development and prepare cost planning and budget analysis for building designs.
- Identify sustainable alternatives for building design and construction via value analysis.
- Prepare estimates for project bidding and procurement.
- Prepare construction schedules and milestones for project.
- Monitor construction progress and produce project control reports.
- Prepare contracts and negotiate design changes with architects, consultants, and suppliers.
- Develop and implement safety and quality control plans in construction projects.
- Manage the procurement of construction labour, materials and equipment.
- Analyze projects for constructability.
- Implement appropriate construction technology for efficient execution of construction projects.
- Select sustainable methods of construction.
- Contract and manage subcontractors and supervise their activities.
- Represent the employer in union contract negotiations.
- Manage documentation for project procurement and construction.
- Manage information and construction processes through Building Information Modeling (BIM).
- Manage construction and construction-related businesses.
- Provide expertise in selecting an appropriate method of delivery for construction projects.
- Provide project loan monitoring expertise to lenders.
- Apply practical solutions and innovations to construction project management.
- Conduct property condition assessment and prepare reserve fund studies.
- Provide building science expertise for sustainable projects.
The Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) program is fully accredited by the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Graduates of the Hons. B.Tech. (Construction Management) program are qualified to obtain professional memberships in various construction management associations. Professional memberships are based on the candidate's education, training and work experience.
With the completion of this degree program, graduates will have completed all academic requirements for professional membership at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Memberships in these associations must be applied for separately. Members of the CIOB (MCIOB) are entitled to use the descriptor of Chartered Construction Manager or Chartered Builder. Members of the CIQS obtain the Professional Quantity Surveyors (PQS) or Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) designation. Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) obtain the designation of Chartered Surveyor.
Graduates also receive 50 credits out of the total 100 credits required to obtain the Gold Seal Certification (GSC) offered by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). The Gold Seal Certification in Canadian construction industry is available for superintendents, estimators, project managers, owner's construction managers and construction safety coordinators. Gold Seal Certification is based on the candidate's education, training and professional work experience.
Future Study Options
Graduates of the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) program qualify to pursue graduate studies in relevant fields of study. They need to directly contact universities to explore what qualified graduate school opportunities exist.