Construction management students at NMU enjoy small class sizes and working closely with faculty members who also serve as mentors in all aspects of their education. The program welcomes and nurtures first-generation college students.
Focused on experiential learning, the construction management program also provides the 60 hours of prelicensure training necessary for the Michigan Builders License. Although not a primary focus of the program, students appreciate the additional credential, regardless of the state in which they choose to work. NMU construction management students enter the industry with many of the highly sought characteristics that top construction firms are seeking.
Students complete projects for real community partners. A small sample of projects are:
- Design/build timing and starter lodge for Marquette Mountain Ski Hill
- Design/build Sunset Point Pavilion at Presque Isle Park for City of Marquette
- Design/build storage structures for a wide variety of community partners
- Design/build bed and storage units for local homeless shelter
Cool tools: Much of your education will take place in the various construction labs at the Jacobetti Complex, where you will be using the tools and techniques similar to professionals in the industry. You will conceptualize, design and build projects individually and as part of a team. Experimenting with several computer applications and other tools of the industry prepares graduates to have a healthy respect for the skilled trades.
Construction Management Career Fair is held annually and is the only “program specific” career fair on campus. Dozens of firms recruit NMU construction management students each year, offering full- time and internship opportunities. Many of the companies are represented by program alumni, which helps keep placement above 95 percent.
Student Contractor Awareness Night (SCAN) is sponsored by Associated General Contractors and hosted every other year by NMU. It is a program that brings together students and contractors for a dinner and topic-specific panel discussion. The topic is always based upon current events of the construction industry.
The Upper Peninsula Construction Skills Challenge is an annual building competition for 12 regional high school teams that is hosted by NMU. Construction management students provide the design and coordination for the event and also judge the teamwork criteria.
The Northern Michigan Constructors (NMC) is an award-winning student organization that provides countless service learning and leadership opportunities. Students in the NMC receive national memberships in both the Associated General Contractors and the National Association of Home Builders. The NMC performs thousands of hours of community service each year and is a partner of the City of Marquette, Marquette Mountain, Bay Cliff Health Camp and several other non-profit organizations. Student members build character and volunteerism and work with community members to “leave it better than they found it.”