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Construction Management

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Admission Requirements

The Construction Management Department does not utilize a program specific admission process. Once you have decided the Edmonds College Construction Management Program is right for you, simply apply for admission. Applications for Admission are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year.

Students who are pursuing a degree or certificate must take a Math and English placement test. This placement test is not necessary if you have completed appropriate college level math and/or English courses at Edmonds College or can be shown on a transcript from another college.

If you are taking classes related to current or future work and are not pursuing a degree or certificate at this time, you do not need to take placement testing. Be sure to declare your intent correctly on the admissions form. In any case, it is advisable to consult with the instructor or department head to ensure that you have the skills required to be successful in the class.

Construction Management Program Mission and Goals


Recognizing that workforce performance is enhanced by quality leadership, it is the mission of the Construction Management program to provide an opportunity for students to prepare for employment as team leaders, organizers, inspectors, and managers of construction.


Upon successful completion of the Construction Management ATA program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication, both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to estimate quantities and costs for the bidding process in a construction project.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to schedule a basic construction project.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use current technology related to the construction process.
  5. Interpret construction documents (contracts, specifications, and drawings) used in managing a construction project.
  6. Apply basic principles of construction accounting.
  7. Use basic surveying techniques used in building layout.
  8. Discuss basic principles of ethics in the construction industry.
  9. Identify the fundamentals of contracts, codes, and regulations that govern a construction project.
  10. Recognize basic construction methods, materials and equipment.
  11. Recognize basic safety hazards on a construction site and standard prevention measures.
  12. Recognize the basic principles of structural design.
  13. Recognize the basic principles of mechanical, electrical and piping systems.

Rate and Type of Employment

The Construction Management Department experiences an attrition rate of between 3 percent and 6 percent of new students. Most of these students leave the program for reasons other than difficulty with the course work. The course work is rigorous, but success is readily achievable for motivated and engaged students.

Salaries for graduates of our program vary depending on the size of the construction firm, the available position, and the graduate's previous construction work experience.

Data collected through a graduate survey (academic year 2014-15) showed an employment rate of 100 percent with 94% of the graduates working in a Construction Management capacity. With one exception, the salary range was from $50,000 to $70,000, plus benefits. In addition, many students advance to higher paying jobs as a result of attending our classes.

Many companies pay for classes, offer medical and dental plans, retirement and/or profit sharing, vacation, and sick leave. Previous work experience is an important component in determining the outcomes of this program for each individual.

The program is currently in the process of tabulating data from recent graduates regarding current salaries and benefits. Results from the 2016-17 survey will be available no later than June 15, 2017.

Type of Employment

Within each type of construction there are several types of contractors, ranging from the general or prime, to sub-contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers of materials and supplies. In addition, there are numerous governmental agencies, architectural and engineering consultants, banking, and insurance companies that require well-trained staff with backgrounds in construction management.

Students with previous construction background who have completed the Construction Management program at Edmonds College find employment in one or more of the following areas:

Project Manager

Directs all construction functions. Establishes and develops methods, procedures, schedules and policies. Coordinates the work of all units and divisions and performs administrative duties required for proper completion of a project.

Project Engineer

Administrative assistant to the Project Manager. Acts as the communications hub on larger jobs. Tracks requests for information, change orders, submittals, and requests for payment. May be required to update and track schedules.


Obtains basic data, including quantities of material, labor-hours to perform items of work, methods to be used, equipment required and, with the assistance of other members of the office staff, computes the cost of construction, which represents the contractor's competitive bid for the job.


Directs all construction functions on project job sites or on specific phases of large projects. Responsible for maintaining proper scheduling of material and labor, implementation of safety plan, inspections of work in progress, and quality control.


Supervises a group of journeyman craftspeople of a particular trade on a project. Plans work, maintains schedules, implements safety plan, and assures proper procedures as directed by the superintendent. Usually requires work with tools.

Office Manager

Performs or supervises a variety of services related to responsibilities of the construction business, such as keeping books, making up payroll, and billing clients.


Maintains construction schedules by reviewing deliveries, scheduling arrival of materials and labor crews at job sites, and establishing priorities and obtaining clearances.

Safety Specialist

Provides the general contractor and sub-contractors with a safety management plan to prevent injuries. Directly involved with self-inspection, communication of work rules, training, enforcement, sub-contractor obligations, documentation, and techniques for pre-bid safety analysis.

Sustainability Specialist

Addresses organizational sustainability issues such as green building practices, LEED certifications, waste stream management, and green procurement planning.


Inspects completed work and work in progress for compliance with building and zoning codes, contract documents, and quality standards. Works for municipal building departments, engineering inspection services, general or specialty contractors, and on behalf of property owners owners.

Facility Manager

Manages services that relate to the function and/or operation of a building. It normally includes managing activities like security, maintenance, catering, maintenance, repairs, and improvements.

Student Achievement

2015-16: 67.74% have a college-level GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Edmonds College construction management students achieve high employment rate in a wide range of construction management careers earning high salaries.

Edmonds College construction management students received more than $336,000 in Financial Aid from multiple sources during the 2015-2016 academic year.


Edmonds College Construction Management Department has a comprehensive assessment plan that outlines direct and indirect measures by which the department can systematically evaluate student achievement of program outcomes and goals.

Any result that indicates a deficiency or decline of a Program Outcome is analyzed and reviewed by department faculty.

Outcomes and course content are then modified as needed to ensure that the department focuses on skill sets that are valued by construction employers and that the Department is doing an effective job of preparing students in those areas.

Quality Improvement Plan

The construction department follows an internal quality plan focusing on curriculum and student learning. The plan consists of four broad action areas and its implementation is continuous. The four action areas are:

  • Identify and update program outcomes - Our industry advisory board maintains and annually reviews a list of program outcomes.
  • Ensure that program structure and course content address program outcomes - Course syllabi are reviewed regularly to ensure that course content aligns with our outcomes and that all of the outcomes are addressed within required classes.
  • Verify that courses effectively teach to program objectives - Each course and each instructor is evaluated regularly by our students. The department also conducts a survey of graduates. Details can be found below.
  • Modify curriculum and program procedures based on objective criteria:
    • Student Evaluations of Courses and Instructors
    • Instructor monitoring of student progress,
    • Graduate Exit Exams, and
    • Graduate Surveys

Student Evaluations of Courses and Instructors

Students evaluate course content and faculty performance annually using a standardized web-based assessment system. Instructors modify course content to reflect changes in student needs and suggestions.

Instructor Monitoring of Student Progress

During each course, Instructors monitor student progress. Test and exam performance are reviewed on an ongoing by the Instructor administering the test/exam.

Graduate Survey and Assessment of Student Learning

In addition to student course evaluations, the Construction Management ATA Degree has identified 13 core goals for its graduates.

Student learning is assessed in each of these 13 core outcomes biennially. Results are integral to the CM Program’s Quality Improvement Plan. This assessment is performed in two ways:

  1. A Survey of Graduates and
  2. Assessment of student learning while enrolled in the program.

Graduate Surveys

Program Graduates are asked to report on the level of the knowledge and preparedness they received from the program. A special emphasis is put on the success of the outcomes in the graduates current construction management based employment. The CM Department Head analysis of the Graduate Survey is used for program analysis by the instructional staff.

Upon graduating, students from the program are asked two questions regarding each of these skills:

  1. How important is the skill in your job?
  2. Did we prepare you at the level necessary to meet job requirements?

The survey helps ensure that faculty and student efforts are well aligned with industry needs and expectations. It also helps to ensure that our graduates are well prepared in areas that are valued by industry. Survey results are tabulated and compared to insure students, and employers, needs are met. The survey also tracks starting salaries and benefits.

Results of the 2016-17 academic year survey of Construction Management Students:

Graduate Survey results by Program Level Outcome Importance in the Workplace Level on Graduating Level of Preparedness
1. Communication (BSTEC 110) 4.0 4.5 111%
2. Estimating 3.4 4.1 121%
3. Planning and Scheduling 2.8 3.8 137%
4. Current Technology 3.7 4.2 113%
5. Interpret Construction Documents 4.7 4.6 97%
6. Construction Accounting / Finance 2.7 3.4 127%
7. Construction Layout 3.3 3.7 113%
8. Ethics in the Construction Industry 4.1 4.2 102%
9. Building Codes 3.6 3.7 103%
10. Construction Materials and Methods 3.9 4.5 115%
11. Safety 2.5 3.5 140%
12. Design Theory 3.5 3.5 100%
13. Recognize basic principles of MEP 3.5 3.3 94%
Overall Evaluation of the Construction Management Program 3.5 3.9 113%

Evaluation of the results: The data above indicate an increased importance in the skills of Interpreting Contract Documents, Ethics in Construction, and recognizing the Basic Principles of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing systems.
Actions Taken: All instructors have been informed of these results with pedagogy methods and content modified to reflect this changing Construction Management industry.

Employment Information

Average starting Wage $60,500

Low Starting Wage $44,000

High Starting Wage $90,000

Most graduates reported first year incomes in the in $50,000 to 80,000 range

Of the graduates responding to this survey, ALL reported being currently employed in the Construction Management Profession.

Student Learning Assessment

The Construction Management Department performs a direct assessment of the 13 Program Outcomes of students enrolled in the program.

Students are assessed while enrolled in a key course for each outcome. When the average grade for a group of students scores below 80% the item is an ‘event’ for ongoing scrutiny and attention from the Construction Management instructional staff.

Results of the 2018-19 academic year assessment of Construction Management Students:

Program Outcome Test Average Deviation from Goal Assessment met or exceeded?
1. Communication 91% 114% Yes
2. Estimating 87% 109% Yes
3. Planning and Scheduling 88% 110% Yes
4. Current Technology 89% 111% Yes
5. Interpret Construction Documents 81% 101% Yes
6. Construction Accounting / Finance 87% 109% Yes
7. Construction Layout 82% 103% Yes
8. Ethics in the Construction Industry 93% 116% Yes
9. Building Codes 83% 104% Yes