Cal Poly Grads in Demand
A transfer student from Southwestern Community College, construction management (CM) major Brian Parker knew that Cal Poly was the ideal situation for him. “I talked with people from a lot of companies and knew this was the ideal place to learn construction management,” he said. “They said it takes students from other schools at least a year or two to catch up to where Cal Poly graduates are when they come out of school.”
Cal Poly students are encouraged to enter hands-on competitions to foster resourcefulness, project management skills and the ability to work in teams. One of the most noteworthy for CM students is the Associated Schools of Construction’s annual Reno Competition, held in Reno, Nev. Six-member student teams from universities across the country are given 24 hours to analyze a problem, develop a solution, build a model and prepare a presentation for judging. Parker’s team captured first place in the 2009 national event.
A critical component in Parker’s team victory was the initiative they took to teach themselves Building Information Modeling, a state-of-the-art, three-dimensional modeling system that increases productivity, reduces errors and decreases cost.
Students are also encouraged to gain real-world experience through internships. Parker completed two stints with commercial contractor Sundt, one of the country’s 100 largest general contracting firms. Through those internships, he gained first-hand experience in pre-construction and cost estimating on $30-million to $50-million projects.
After graduation, he will head home to San Diego to work as a field engineer for Sundt, prepared to be a productive member of the team his first day on the job.
“This was the only school I wanted to go to, and I applied every year I was at Southwestern until I got in,” Parker noted proudly.
Message from the Department Head
Thank you for your interest in the Construction Management Department at Cal Poly. We are a department of more than 530 students and 17 faculty committed to providing the best possible undergraduate construction management education.
Students completing the Construction Management program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and will find a wide variety of career choices:
- Project engineer, field engineer, administrator, estimator or construction manager of utility, heavy, highway and building projects for the private sector and local, state, and federal agencies.
- Licensed contractor, company owner.
- Project engineer for specialty and subcontractors.
- Sales engineer for construction related equipment and products.
- Research and product development.
- Field supervisor and project manager.
Construction Management students are among the most aggressively recruited on campus with nearly 100% finding full-time employment prior to graduation. With a median starting salary of $72,712 per year, CM graduate's compensation ranks 7th overall compared with all other Cal Poly graduates as found in the Cal Poly Graduate Status Report for 2017-2018 Graduates. (Select Salary Data and look for "Construction Management" under Salary by Major 2017-2018)
Please select from the menu to the right to learn more about our history and how you can become a student in our department.
Jeong H. Woo, Ph.D.
CM Department Head
Construction Management Department