News and Information

Northern's construction management program is making an impact in the community while also giving students opportunities for professional and academic growth. Some of the events and information below are key to this program's success.


Meeting with Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Some of NMU's construction management students had a rare opportunity to meet privately with Governor Gretchen Whitmer during her visit to campus earlier this month. They gave her an overview of the program, explained why they chose that path and shared their career plans after graduation.
“It was definitely a cool experience and a great opportunity that someone of that position would spend the time to talk with us,” said senior Elizabeth Bose of Lupton, Mich. “The governor was really interested in

knowing the opportunities we have through the program and the university.  She's an advocate for skilled trades and construction workers and seemed very happy with our placement rate, which is close to 100 percent. I had three offers on the table and will become a traveling field engineer with the solar group of Mortenson Construction after I graduate in May. I can't say enough about the program and professors; they're amazing. We also have small class sizes and very hands on labs."

Photo of all members

Professor Heidi Blanck also attended the session. She spoke about women in construction and how efforts such as related career exploration days at NMU introduce girls to the typically male-dominated field and give them a viable career opportunity to consider. Blanck said efforts to recruit more women will help to stem the flow of attrition in the industry and benefit the construction economy as a whole.

NMU alumnus Mike Oswald ('03 BS) is among 20 individuals representing all segments of the construction industry selected as winners of the 2019 ENR Texas and Louisiana Top Young Professionals competition. He is chief operating officer for Hill & Wilkinson in Richardson, Texas.  ENR (Engineering News-Record) provides industry analysis, commentary and data. Its young professionals competition is open to those under 40. Key selection criteria include industry experience and education, career and industry leadership, and community service and involvement.  Oswald was previously honored by NMU as the 2015 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient. He obtained a residential builders license after high school and continued to work as a laborer in residential construction while earning his construction management degree from NMU. Oswald joined Hill & Wilkinson as a project engineer after graduation. His solid performance led to rapid promotions within the firm, ultimately becoming COO before his 35th birthday.  The full story can be viewed here.

Women in Construction Group Photo

The Women In Construction is full-day program intended to introduce high school and middle school students to careers in construction management and welding.  The next event for seventh  and eighth graders will take place April 5, 2019, in the Jacobetti Complex on Northern's campus.  Advance registration is required.  Online registration is available.

The event has grown and is so successful another event day is slated for May in DuPage County Illinois.


Rather than take a vacation, two student-athletes found themselves amazing internship opportunities in their field over the summer. Gabby Garza, a senior soccer player from Williamston, Mich. spent her summer working on the construction of the Little Ceasers Arena in downtown Detroit, Mich. Her primary assignment was to work with a project engineer doing document control, as a project the size of a professional sports arena requires immense, accurate documentation of all communications and changes! Wade Schetter, a senior basketball player from Carney, Mich. spent his summer completing his second internship with Mortenson Construction. Both of Schetter's internships have revolved around the construction of various wind farms, while his daily duties included quality control and working with both craft members and contractors. Read more about Garza's experience here and Schetter's here.

Northern Magazine

The Northern Magazine had a focus on alumni from the construction management program working in the field.


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