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Overview

The Bachelor of Technology Construction Management (BTech CM) degree program equips students with the skills necessary to effectively manage construction projects of varying complexity and size. The program focuses on developing management, technical and interpersonal skills, while introducing practical tools and current approaches used in the industry to plan, manage and track construction projects from conception to completion.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The core competencies of an effective construction manager – the ability to think critically, to thoroughly analyze situations, to utilize the appropriate tools and processes and to effectively engage stakeholders – are the cornerstones of our program.

The BTech CM program is a degree completion program – it provides years 3 and 4 of a 4-year bachelor’s degree. Students can enter the program through a few different pathways; including related or unrelated degree or diploma programs, trade certification and through demonstrated work experience in the construction industry. Students broaden their existing knowledge and skills through BCIT’s unique applied learning environment. Our approach, which includes collaboration with industry, ensures that the program is responsive and can adapt to emerging needs, trends, and industry issues.

The BTech CM program recognizes the wide range of roles available to construction managers in today’s competitive and technologically advancing construction industry. Graduates of the program are able to advance diverse career opportunities, coordinating and managing projects for general contractors, trade contractors, developers, owners, municipalities, public sector institutions and private clients, to name a few.

Testimonials

“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, BTech, AScT

“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

Accreditation Option – Professional Quantity Surveyor

The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) provides opportunities for accreditation as a Professional Quantity Surveyor for graduates of BCIT’s Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) diploma program; with an additional three courses to the BTech CM degree. For the current requirements, refer to Program Details.

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Entrance Requirements

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 as of October 1st the year before, 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.

Costs & Supplies

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. 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 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:

  • students 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

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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Angela Lai, B.Sc., M.Sc., FRICS, PQS, LEED AP O+M
Donald Livingstone, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng.
David Ngai, PQS, LL.B. (Hons.)
Nick Paczkowski, B.E.S., M.Arch., LL.B, RIBA, RAIC, MAIBC
Monika Sauer, B.Sc. (QS), PQS
Michael Sonntag, FIBC, CMC, MCQI, CQP, AIEMA, B.Sc., IRCA QMS Lead Auditor
Natasha Mrkic-Subotic, M.B.A.
Jim Turnham, B.Eng., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., IRCA QMS Lead Auditor
Lisa Allen
Daniel Anvari
Nicholas Fox
Dean Palmer
Katherine Golder, B.A., M.A.
Joanna Kostanski
Grant Morrow, BTECH CM
Greg Belgardt, Dipl. Tech., B.Tech.
Pilar Bonilla, B.Eng., M.Eng., M.B.A., LEED Green Associate
Heather Dupuis, B.Sc., CRSP
Thorsten Ewald, B.A., M.A.
Michael Garrett, PQS(F), MRICS, FIC
Diane Grady, B.A.Sc., Ph.D.
Laurie Izgerean, BA Adult Ed. TEFL Cert., Dipl. Ed. (PID)

Advisory committee

  • C. Barr, Stuart Olson, Chair
  • L. Johnson, Eurovia
  • L. Briggs, Avison Young
  • K. Damphousse, LEC Group
  • I. Elapatha, Hanscomb Limited

Contact Us

Program inquiries

Deb Parliament BTech CMProgram Head

Mary IvensProgram Assistant

Questions or comments?

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