Construction Management

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 Community 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.