Con­struc­tion fo­cus of new de­gree pro­gram

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

THOSE seek­ing to launch or ad­vance a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the build­ing in­dus­try will get a boost this fall when classes get un­der­way in Red River Col­lege’s new Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment de­gree pro­gram.

De­signed to help those in the skilled trades and en­gi­neer­ing tech­nolo­gies bridge into fur­ther post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, the new of­fer­ing fo­cuses on res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion, heavy con­struc­tion and in­dus­trial/com­mer­cial con­struc­tion. It is the first de­gree pro­gram ap­proved by the prov­ince since Man­i­toba col­leges re­ceived de­gree-grant­ing author­ity in 2009.

Man­i­toba’s con­struc­tion in­dus­try is an­tic­i­pat­ing tremen­dous skilled labour short­ages over the next six years, with se­nior su­per­vi­sory po­si­tions be­ing of the high­est ur­gency.

Com­bin­ing 26 months of aca­demic study with three six-month co-op­er­a­tive ed­u­ca­tion work terms, the new pro­gram en­tails 144 credit hours.

Stu­dents who grad­u­ate from the com­plete four-year pro­gram will earn a bach­e­lor of technology in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment.

“The Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment de­gree pro­gram will en­com­pass tech­ni­cal foun­da­tion skills, some of the lat­est con­struc­tion tech­niques, rel­e­vant work ex­pe­ri­ence through co-op­er­a­tive ed­u­ca­tion place­ments and cour­ses that lead to other cre­den­tials, such as the Cana­dian Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Gold Seal cer- tifi­ca­tion,” says Dr. Dale Watts, dean of RRC’s School of Con­struc­tion and En­gi­neer­ing Tech­nolo­gies.

“With ex­pe­ri­ence, grad­u­ates of this pro­gram will be well-pre­pared to pro­vide lead­er­ship in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.”

The new de­gree pro­gram will help grad­u­ates with their tran­si­tion to man­age­rial po­si­tions within the in­dus­try. It will of­fer fo­cused and rel­e­vant learn­ing that is an­tic­i­pated to stream­line the process of con­struc­tion man­ager train­ing. It will prove valu­able to stu­dents by in­form­ing and help­ing em­ploy­ers to struc­ture sub­se­quent on-site work ex­pe­ri­ence.

With a Septem­ber 2010 start date and a limited num­ber of seats avail­able, the pro­gram is an­tic­i­pated to be pop­u­lar among re­cent high school grad­u­ates and those seek­ing to ad­vance within the in­dus­try. The new de­gree pro­gram is be­ing in­tro­duced fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try lead­ers about cur­rent needs. The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Win­nipeg Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and Man­i­toba Heavy Con­struc­tion As­so­ci­a­tion all par­tic­i­pate on the pro­gram ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee.

“This rep­re­sents a whole new op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents who want to pur­sue a ca­reer in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try,” adds Dr. Watts. “There is now and will con­tinue to be a sig­nif­i­cant de­mand for qual­i­fied con­struc­tion man­agers in Man­i­toba to ad­dress the in­dus­try’s needs.”

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