Full-time/Part-time Bachelor of Technology 8800btech

Construction Management: Building for the Future

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BCIT is one of the few educational institutions in Canada offering a bachelor's degree in construction management. This is a degree completion program - it provides years 3 and 4 of a 4-year bachelor's degree. Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years of post-secondary training prior to admission.

You will learn techniques to help you to:

  • manage people, equipment, and money
  • schedule and plan
  • lead projects and teams
  • understand and apply relevant legislation
  • make decisions
  • and more


The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors has accredited this program as meeting the educational requirements for a Professional Quantity Surveyor for graduates from BCIT's Architectural and Building Technology diploma program (Economics/Construction Operations option) only. These individuals must also graduate from BCIT's Construction Management Bachelor of Technology program (this program) and complete these three management elective courses:

    1. CMGT 8040 - Building - Civil Services
    2. CMGT 8050 - Budgeting/Conceptual Estimating
    3. CMGT 8060 - Risk Management in Design and Construction of Buildings

    Students who have not graduated from BCIT's Architectural and Building Technology diploma program (Economics/Construction Operations option) are not eligible for this. For these students, 3 credits of management elective courses are required. Check your BCIT letter of admission for more information.

      Program Entry

      The Construction Management program is available part-time and full-time as a planned program.

      Applicants are accepted year-round for the part-time program. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for the full-time program, which runs from September to July and covers about 2/3 of the program's credits. The remaining courses are completed through part-time studies.

      Other programs that might interest you:

      Please note that completion of those two programs alone does NOT make you eligible for admission to the bachelor's degree in construction management.

      Entrance requirements

      This program has a two-step admission process and is open for applications as follows:

      Full-time: beginning November 1st* for the fall (September) intake

      Part-time: ongoing throughout the year

      *or next business day

      Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

      Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

      Applicants must have a pre-entry assessment meeting with the program head to identify admission requirements. Please contact the program head to make an appointment.

      You can apply when you meet the entrance requirements. Upload all pre-entry assessment forms with your application.

      Step 2: Entrance requirements

      All applicants required to meet the following requirements in addition to one of the options (A, B, C, or D) described below:

      • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
        • English 12 (67%) or
        • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

        What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

      • Work experience: a minimum of six months relevant work experience prior to admission.

        Note: A minimum of two years of work experience (which includes the six months mentioned earlier) is required prior to graduation. It is solely the student's responsibility to acquire the necessary relevant work experience.

      • Completion of the following form for submission with your online application:

      Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

      Applicants must meet one of the following options A, B, C or D:

      • Option A
        • Post-secondary education in architecture or a related engineering discipline: successful completion of one of the following from a recognized institution:

          • Diploma
          • Bachelor’s degree (a master’s degree alone is not sufficient for admission)

      • Option B
        • Post-secondary education: successful completion one of the following from a recognized institution:

          • Minimum of the first two years of a university program in any discipline.

            This must consist of a minimum of 60 post-secondary credits comprised of 30 credits at the 100 level and 30 credits at the 200 level. BCIT courses at the 7000- or 8000-level cannot be used for admission. Note that at BCIT 100-level courses begin with a “1” or a “2”; 200-level courses begin with a “3” or a “4”, or

          • A recognized but unrelated post-secondary diploma or bachelor’s degree.
        • Work experience: minimum of four years of experience in construction.

          This experience must contain six elements from Group 1 and seven elements from Group 2 shown below. Successful completion of directly related coursework may be eligible as substitutes for certain elements of work experience. Contact the program head to discuss your particular situation.

          Group 1

          • Estimating and bidding
          • Creating and interpreting schedules
          • Budget input/control
          • Preparing claims
          • Managing your own company
          • Field interpretation of contract documents
          • Supervisory responsibilities
          • Working with project stakeholders
          • Negotiating with clients
          • Designing construction elements

          Group 2

          • Obtaining permits and approvals
          • Experience as Site Safety Coordinator
          • Field interpretation of drawings
          • Preparing deficiency lists
          • Working as a journeyperson
          • Supervision of sub-contractors
          • Operation of heavy equipment
          • Preparation and administration of change orders
          • Experience in site office administration
          • Field/lab testing of materials
          • Working knowledge of recognized construction codes
          • Surveying for construction
          • Procurement of construction materials
          • Inspection of construction operations
      • Option C
        • Post-secondary education: successful completion of one of the following from a recognized institution:

          • Minimum of the first two years of a post-secondary program in any discipline. This must consist of a minimum of 60 post-secondary credits comprised of 30 credits at the 100 level and 30 credits at the 200 level. BCIT courses at the 7000- or 8000-level cannot be used for admission. Note that at BCIT 100-level courses begin with a “1” or a “2”; 200-level courses begin with a “3” or a “4”, or
          • Unrelated post-secondary diploma or bachelor’s degree

        • Successful completion of the construction bridging courses.

          Students planning to complete the construction bridging courses prior to admission to the degree program are strongly recommended to consult with the program head prior to beginning.

      • Option D
        • A Certificate of Qualification with an Inter-Provincial Red Seal Endorsement in a related trade. Your apprenticeship training must have consisted of a minimum of 20 weeks of technical training over a four-year period, with a minimum of 30 hours of training per week. The Industry Training Authority maintains industry training program profiles for various trades.

        • At present, the following trades are accepted for admission: sheet metal worker, steamfitter/pipefitter, millwright (industrial mechanic), carpenter, electrician, plumber, welder level A, sprinkler system installer, and metal fabricator. Other trades may also be accepted; please contact the program head to make an appointment.

        • Math 11 (60%)
        • Successful completion of the construction bridging courses below.

      Construction bridging courses:

      Course Title Credits
      BLDT 1021 Construction Drawings 3.0
      BLDT 1031 Site Processes in Construction 3.0
      BLDT 1041 Basic Estimating with Computer Applications 3.0
      BLDT 1051 Technical Writing and Communication Skills 3.0
      BLDT 2011 Construction Documents and Contracts 3.0
      BLDT 2021 Basic Project Management Skills 3.0
      BLDT 2041 Basic Construction Design Principles 3.0
      BLDT 2051 Construction Materials & Assemblies 3.0
      BLDT 2091 Construction Estimating 3.0
      Plus one of the following:
      SURV 1104 Basic Surveying with Total Stations 2.5
      SURV 5108 Fundamentals of Surveying 1.5
      Total  28.5-29.5

      Students planning to complete the construction bridging courses prior to admission to the degree program are strongly recommended to consult with the program head prior to beginning.

      Continuation requirements

      • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience (which includes the six months required for program entry) prior to graduation. Note: It is solely the student's responsibility to acquire the necessary relevant work experience.

      Recommended for success

      • Students must be proficient with MS Office programs; in particular, with Word and Excel.

      Apply to program

      BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

      • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
      • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
      • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
      Apply Now

      You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

      Scheduled intakes

      Part-time: January, April and September.

      Full-time (planned program): September each year.

      myCommunication

      Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

      All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

      You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

      Costs & Supplies

      Tuition fees

      Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on Degree Studies tuition fees.

      Books and supplies

      For all students, the cost of textbooks is approximately $1000 for the entire program. A textbook list can be obtained from the program assistant.

      Financial assistance

      Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

      Courses

      The program is a mix of classroom-based and online courses:
      • safety and environmental issues
      • industrial relations
      • construction equipment
      • quality management
      • finance
      • construction law
      • construction controls and techniques
      • leadership and interpersonal skills
      • management
      • communication
      • liberal studies
      You can expect:
      • individual and group assignments
      • presentations
      • guest lecturers
      • quizzes, tests, and exams
      Information about CMGT 8800 - Industry-based Project

      Here is the process:

      Make sure that your project sponsor has seen your proposal and approved its topic.
      1. Successfully complete CMGT 8700 - Project Proposals (formerly CMGT 7820).
      2. When you are ready, email the program head and ask for permission to register in CMGT 8800. Registration is ongoing throughout the year; the course is never full, although it might appear to be on our website. Remember to include your student number in your email.
      3. After you are registered in CMGT 8800, submit your proposal to the program for review and approval (or revision, if required). The easiest way to do this is to email it to the program head. Depending on the time of year, this review could take 1-5 weeks. Make sure that your problem statement is very clear (what is the problem and why would you do this project - what are the benefits).
      4. We will review your proposal and either accept it or require revisions if something is unclear or misleading.
      5. Your registration is good for 52 weeks, and you may apply for a six month extension if you need more time.
      6. Also once your proposal is approved, we will discuss who might best be suited to act as your faculty advisor. We will assign someone in this role to assist you as required.

      Program matrix

      Check current availability of courses for this program.

      1. Construction Controls and Techniques (15.0 credits) Credits
        CMGT 7100 Construction Project Controls 1 1.0
        CMGT 7110 Construction Project Controls 2 1.0
        CMGT 7125 Construction Schedule and Delay Analysis 1.0
        CMGT 7160 Statistics for Construction Management 3.0
        CMGT 7205 Construction Equipment Management 2.0
        CMGT 7220 Health and Safety in Construction 1.0
        CMGT 7246 Quality Management in Construction 2.5
        CMGT 7255 Quality Auditing in Construction 1.0
        CMGT 8205 Construction Management Seminars 2.5
       
      2. Management in Construction (12.0 credits) Credits
        BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
        CMGT 7330 Finance for Construction Managers 3.0
        CMGT 7420 Construction Law 2.5
        CMGT 8435 Construction Enterprise Management 2.5
        CMGT 8450 International Construction Management 1.0
       
      3. Stakeholder Management (9.0 credits) Credits
        CMGT 7535 Leadership and Interpersonal Skills 2.5
        CMGT 7605 Industrial Relations 2.5
        CMGT 7640 Environmental Issues in Construction 1 1.0
        CMGT 7650 Environmental Issues in Construction 2 1.0
        CMGT 8600 Management of Project Stakeholders 2.0
       
      4. Management Electives (3.0 credits) Credits

      Students must select 3.0 management credits from the following list of electives. Management courses from other institutions might also be acceptable to meet this requirement. Please discuss this with the program head.

        CMGT 8040 Building - Civil Services 3.0
        CMGT 8050 Budgeting/Conceptual Estimating 3.0
        CMGT 8060 Risk Management in Design & Construction of Buildings 3.0
        EENG 7200 Principles of Sustainability 3.0
        SUST 7100 Dimensions of Sustainability: An Introduction to Sustainable Urban Development 3.0
        TMGT 7101 Engineering, Technology and Management 1.0
        TMGT 7102 Project Management/Resource Utilization 1.0
        TMGT 7111 High Technology Marketing Strategies 1.0
        TMGT 7112 Marketing Research 1.0
        TMGT 7113 Marketing Programs and Plans 1.0
        TMGT 7121 Principles of Finance 1.0
        TMGT 7124 Technology and International Finance 1.0
        TMGT 7134 Technology and International Trade and Competition 1.0
        TMGT 7143 Problem Solving and Decision-Making 1.0
        TMGT 7144 Human Resource Planning and Control 1.0
        TMGT 7145 Leadership in a World of Change 3.0
       
      5. Industry Project (10.5 credits) Credits
      Prior to graduation, all students must successfully complete an industry sponsored project. The objective of the project is to allow students to apply specialty knowledge in a real life situation, or applied research activity, in conjunction with an industry sponsor and a faculty advisor. The project should contain elements which are considered to be innovative, experimental or exploratory in nature. Students are responsible for securing an industry sponsor with expertise in the project area.
        CMGT 7800 Project Reports 2.5
        CMGT 7840 Technical Presentations 1.0
        CMGT 8700 Project Proposals 1.0
        CMGT 8800 Industry Based Project 6.0
       
      6. Liberal Studies Component (12.0 credits required) Credits
      Mandatory Courses: (6.0 credits)
        LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
        LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0

      Elective Courses: (6.0 credits)
      All students will be required to achieve these credits in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements.
       
      Total Credits: 61.5

      Check current availability of courses for this program.

      Transfer credit

      Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

      Program Details

      The program can be completed in either of two ways.

      Full-time (planned program):
        • roughly 2/3 of the program can be taken between September and July
        • courses are taken in the afternoon, evening, online, and on weekends
        • the schedule is fixed and registration into these courses is done by the department
        • occasionally, a course will run for an entire day
        • the remaining courses are taken part-time, with registration done by the student
        • finish your degree in as little as 2-3 years
        Part-time:
        • register in as many courses as you wish each term
        • courses are taken in the evening, online, and on weekends
        • progress through the program at your own pace
        • most students take 3-5 years to complete

        Program length

        Students may participate in either the accelerated planned program or part-time studies in the evenings and online. Students may proceed at a pace of their choice, but at present must complete the program within seven years.

        Students who work full-time will likely take three to four years to complete the program. The actual time it takes to complete the program depends upon how many courses are taken each term.

        Please note that this program cannot be completed through distance education. While a number of courses in the program are available through distance education, the majority are classroom-based and require attendance at BCIT’s main campus in Burnaby, BC.

        Application for extension to 7 year time limitation:

        Students may apply for an extension to the 7 year time limit for completing the Construction Management Degree. Submit an Application for Extension [PDF] prior to the last Friday in February of the year following your time limit. A $200 fee is charged for extension applications.

        Eligible student applications are as follows:

        • Students who have completed 80% or more of the program and intend to complete in one year.
        • Students who have completed 60% - 80% of the program will be required to complete an extension application and agree to a performance plan.
        • Students who have completed less than 60% of the program at the 7 year time limit will be required to have their courses re-assessed and a new program plan developed. A new 7 year time limit will apply.
        • Students who apply for an extension after the last Friday in February of the year past their 7 year time limit and have been withdrawn from the program will be required to re-apply to the program. All of their courses will be assessed for recency and a new program plan developed following the criteria above.

        Review Policy 5103 [PDF]: Student Evaluation section 5: Time Limit to Complete a Credential.

        Accreditation

        The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors has accredited this program as meeting the educational requirements for a Professional Quantity Surveyor for graduates who enter the program with a diploma from BCIT's Architectural and Building Engineering Technology with the Economics/Construction Operations option. These management electives must also be completed to meet these requirements:

        • CMGT 8040 - Building - Civil Services
        • CMGT 8050 - Budgeting/Conceptual Estimating
        • CMGT 8060 - Risk Management in Design and Construction of Buildings

        BCIT is one of the only educational institutions in Canada offering an undergraduate degree in construction management. Graduates are eligible for admission to master's degree programs. Additionally, graduates may wish to pursue the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation offered by the Project Management Institute.

        Program structure


        Technical Component
          Construction Controls and Techniques 15.0
          Management in Construction 12.0
          Stakeholder Management 8.5
          Electives 3.0
          Industry Project 10.5
        Liberal Studies Component 12.0
        Total credits: 61.0

        Graduating & Jobs

        Career Opportunities

        Responsibilities of a construction manager:

        • overall management of construction project(s)
        • monitoring scope, quality, schedule, and cost
        • organizing, directing, controlling, and evaluating activities
        • and more

        Typical employers:

        • contractors
        • government agencies
        • consulting companies
        Sample job titles:
        • Construction Manager
        • Construction Superintendent
        • Site Manager
        • Project Superintendent
        • General Contractor
        • Project Manager
        • Project Coordinator
        • Construction Operations Manager

        Graduate employment outcomes

        The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
        Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

        Faculty, Advisors & Staff

        Faculty

        Rachid Arab, CQE, CQA, CQT, CMI
        Greg Belgardt, B.Tech.
        Adrian Cook, B.Sc., M.Sc.
        Michael Garrett, PQS(F), MRICS
        Diane Grady, B.A.Sc., Ph.D.
        Rachel Harrington, Dipl.Tech., B.Tech.
        Stuart Johnston, MCSSE
        Angela Lai, PQS
        Donald Livingstone, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng.
        Neil McDonald, B.Sc., P.Eng., FICE
        David Ngai, PQS, LL.B. (Hons.)
        Nick Paczkowski, B.E.S., M.Arch., LL.B, RIBA, RAIC, MAIBC
        Arezou Pouria, M.Eng., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.
        Linda Pashka, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D.
        Monika Sauer, PQS
        Barbara Shantz, B.A., M.B.A.
        Michael Sonntag, FIBC, CMC, MCQI, CQP, AIEMA, B.Sc., IRCA QMS Lead Auditor
        Natasha Subotic, M.B.A.
        Jim Turnham, B.Eng., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., IRCA QMS Lead Auditor


        Advisory committee

        • C. Barr, Stuart Olson Dominion Construction
        • B. Bowman, SNC Lavalin
        • A.. Collins, UBC
        • L. Johnson, Coquitlam Ridge Constructors
        • P. Nielsen, PCL
        • G. Samchek, Bell Pacific
        • D. Walker, Stantec

        Contact Us

        Beth Renwick, B.A.Sc., M.Mgt., P.Eng., Program Head
        beth_renwick@bcit.ca
        604-432-8351

        Mary Ivens, Program Assistant
        mary_ivens@bcit.ca
        604-412-7469

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        Testimonial

        The program was very enjoyable for me and has definitely helped me in my career . . . I recently received a promotion to a Construction Manager!

        I found the program to be extremely practical as it provided me with a very solid foundation in basic Construction Management Principles that have helped accelerate my career! Cameron G. Duffy, B.Tech, A.Sc.T.

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        BCIT gave me a springboard into the construction industry and the skills to make an immediate contribution. The BCIT brand is recognized throughout the lower mainland and remarkably, every student from my class received job offers. Jim Twining