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Construction and Facilities Management

Kevin Miller, Program Coordinator
230 SNLB, (801) 422-2021

The Discipline

Construction management focuses on real estate development and construction project management. It requires technical expertise and the ability to work with a wide variety of industry professionals. Construction management offers careers that require abilities in project management, business management, engineering, architecture and an understanding of construction systems.

Facilities management is the development and management of all types of real estate, facilities, and properties from original design ideas through the life-cycle of the property. This emphasis prepares students to manage: green/sustainable facilities, commercial/multi-family properties; owner/occupant relations. Graduates combine leadership, financial, real estate investment, and facilities and construction knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

  • Communication: The ability to effectively communicate orally, graphically and in writing.
  • Moral and Ethical Leadership: Promote moral and ethical leadership in the professional environment.
  • Design and Pre-Construction: Develop the ability to influence project design and to manage pre-construction activities.
  • Project Management: Understand how to control project schedule, cost, quality, and risk.
  • Financial and Property Management: The ability to analyze the risk and feasibility of a real estate project throughout its life-cycle.
  • Technical and Professional Competency: Understand and manage technical areas such as mechanical, electrical, and structural systems.
  • Safety, Security, Sustainability, and Regulatory Compliance: The ability to create programs and processes which ensure safety, security, sustainability, and regulatory compliance.
  • Technology and Innovation: The ability to utilize cutting-edge technologies and to find innovative solutions in the global marketplace.
  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving: Develop analytical thinking and problem solving abilities that promote life-long learning.
  • Experiential Learning: Learning through applied industry experiences and service.

Career Opportunities

The program has had great placement within the construction and facilities industry. Graduates find employment in a variety of construction and facilities-industry-related positions. Typical position titles for the construction emphasis are project engineer, estimator, superintendent, scheduler, general contractor, safety engineer, project manager, project controller, site analyst, etc. Facilities managers are commonly employed by educational institutions, government agencies, manufacturing facilities, health care networks, sports and entertainment entitites, real estate brokerage and property management, and all types of general businesses.

Alumni find they are qualified for employment in all types of construction and facilities management and related industries.

Graduates are prepared to further their education in architecture, business administration, construction management, facility and property management, law, public administration, and real estate.

General Information

High School Preparation

Recommended high school courses include construction, CAD, algebra, trigonometry, physics, and all other courses necessary for admittance to BYU.

Pre-Architecture Program

Brigham Young University does not have an architecture program, but Construction and Facilities Management provides an excellent preparatory program for a master's degree in architecture. Consult with the School of Technology advisor concerning a pre-architecture program.

Special Notice

Students receiving C– or lower grades in required courses will be placed on department probationary status.