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Construction Management in Australia

Construction management is a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end. A degree in Construction Management helps students develop the skills required to take on all the onsite responsibilities of a construction project. Some of the responsibilities you’ll have as a construction manager include:

  •     -Managing the budget, project expenses, and construction workers
  •     -Collaborating with architects, civil engineers, and other specialists
  •     -Updating clients on the status of the project
  •     -Dealing with issues like delays, safety concerns, unmet deadlines
  •     -Hiring subcontractors and supervising their activities

 

By studying a degree in Construction Management, you have the opportunity to learn the latest trends and techniques in the field. Add environmental awareness and cutting-edge technologies in the mix, and you can graduate as a creative and professional construction manager who’ll make sure that the buildings of tomorrow will be safer, more comfortable, and eco-friendly.

Construction managers must be versatile; innovative multitasks with strong leadership skills. 

At the completion of a degree in Construction and Infrastructure Management, Graduates will be able to:

Demonstrate high-level advanced knowledge and skills in Construction and Infrastructure Management practice related to design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and civil infrastructure;  

Plan and execute an independent research project in a relevant Construction and Infrastructure Management topic by applying appropriate research principles, sound methods and research skills;

Reflect in managing practical issues/ complex problems and describing/ developing contemporary and sustainable Construction and Infrastructure Management trends and best practices related to design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and civil infrastructure;

Will be able to provide solutions to composite problems using critical thinking and team-based/ independent judgement in the project-based construction industry;

Demonstrate clear and coherent communication skills and demonstrate a high level of autonomy, accountability, credibility, ethics, and responsibility for all personal work outputs.

Construction Management education comes in a variety of formats: formal degree programs (two-year associate degree; four-year baccalaureate degree, master’s degree, project management, operations management engineer degree, doctor of philosophy degree, postdoctoral researcher); on-the-job-training; and continuing education and professional development.

Sample course structure

Please note the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your university: 

Environmental engineer

Environmental systems

Fundamentals of Built environment law         

Construction site management

Materials and Structures

Cost Management

Measurement & Estimations

Construction scheduling

Project Management

Sustainability, Risks & Due-diligence

Maintenance, Management of Infrastructure and assets

Research project / paper and internship


Career opportunities

Jobs for construction managers in Australia have been continuously increasing since the last five years. Over 10,800 news jobs every year have been projected to be created for this profession for the next five years. Graduates will be equipped to seek employment as a:

Building Service Engineer

Building control surveyor 

Estate manager 

Site manager 

Quantity surveyor 

Risks assessor 

Project manager 


Many top-ranking universities in Australia offer construction management degrees at both at undergraduate & post graduate level, here we have outlined some popular post-graduate programs in this field: 

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  • Swinburne University of Technology 
  • Master of Construction & Infrastructure Management
  • Campus: Melbourne & Sydney campuses
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Intake(s): Feb / Jul

 

 

 

  • La Trobe University
  • Master of Construction & Engineering Management Campus:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Intake(s): Feb / Oct
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  • Bond University
  • Master of Construction Practice
  • Campus: Gold Coast  
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Intake(s): Feb / Oct


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