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Prospective Career for A Construction Management Professional

  • 1.  Prospective Career for A Construction Management Professional

    Posted 09-05-2019 07:45 AM
    Hi fellow members, I am a civil engineer specializing in construction engineering and wish to broaden my horizon in this profession.

    I studied civil engineering in university, and worked for 7 years as a cost estimator/site engineer/project-in-charge for general contractor in China and Manila. At this time I am working in a cost consulting company.

    I am going to apply for construction engineering and management program for post-graduate (Master's),
    what would you like to advise (e.g. country, college, application tips, prospects after graduation, etc)?

    Very glad to hear your insights and opinions.

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    Jiqiu Wang R.Eng, M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer
    Shenzhen, China
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  • 2.  RE: Prospective Career for A Construction Management Professional

    Posted 09-06-2019 04:08 PM
    Hi Jiqiu!

    I just started my Masters part-time in Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Colorado Boulder. You can find more information about the program here.  I only began a few weeks ago, but I've found it really useful and practical so far. Most of the students in the program (from what I can tell) are in the Navy and are just taking a year off for the schooling. Personally, I decided to join the program because I want to go into engineering policy-making and an engineering masters is super useful to have for that realm.

    I've heard Oregon State, University of Washington, and Stanford also have good Construction master's programs depending on what you're looking for and where you're looking to go.

    I'm not sure what prospects after graduation would be-- let me circle back with my colleagues and I'll let you know! I think if you want to continue down the same path that you're on that a Masters would not be necessary.

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    Peyton Gibson EIT, S.M.ASCE
    Engineer in Training
    Littleton CO
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  • 3.  RE: Prospective Career for A Construction Management Professional

    Posted 09-09-2019 08:40 AM
    Hi again Jiqui!

    Some more advice from an engineer a bit further in his career:

    "I think he should look at doing a program where he would want to work in the future (or have exposure to for business reasons). For example, if he wants to connect to the US market or work in the US for a while, picking a US school would make sense.
    Same with Europe, UK, Japan, or another area, depending on interests.

    Re: getting a Master's, I find that everything helps in a professional field where your future career is based on your experiences and past (licensure, degrees, qualifications), as opposed to non professional fields (sales, etc) where your past work does not help your future earnings/jobs/clients. This applies to construction engineering as well. The other reason to look at a Masters would be to add additional skills or if you want to change areas or positions within your field, such as shifting from the cost estimating side into more project management, construction management, scheduling/delay claims, etc."


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    Peyton Gibson EIT, S.M.ASCE
    Engineer in Training
    Littleton CO
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  • 4.  RE: Prospective Career for A Construction Management Professional

    Posted 09-16-2019 07:43 AM
    Hi Peyton,

    Many thanks for your advice on master schools and programs, as well as prospects after graduation. Upon your advice, I did a detailed search on the programs those schools provide, finding many interesting and attracting, e.g. construction engineering, infrastructure, sustainability.

    Please let me know if you have other suggestions on prospects after master's graduation.
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    Jiqiu Wang R.Eng, M.ASCE
    Senior Quantity Surveyor
    Shenzhen, China
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