With a bachelor of applied science degree in construction management, specializing in highway heavy/civil works, you could work on road, bridge, tunnel, or dam projects. You might find yourself in the water, sewer, stormwater energy/power grid, utilities, transportation, natural resources, mining, or ports and harbors industries.

Typically commissioned by government, these types of construction projects involve a variety of resources, often are very complex, and serve the public at large.

Career Outlook

What Will My Career Look Like Working in Highway Heavy/Civil Works?

You could work for:

  • highway and civil works contractors
  • general, utility, or specialty contractors
  • testing and quality assurance
  • material suppliers and distributors
  • equipment suppliers and distributors
  • energy generating and distribution
  • preconstruction
  • government
  • public development authorities
  • transit system authorities (airport, tunnel, bus, rail)

Your business card might read:

  • Project Engineer or Field Technician
  • Project Superintendent
  • Estimator
  • Scheduler
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Quality Control Coordinator or Tester
  • Construction Accountant
  • Senior Project Manager or Principal
  • Owner’s Construction or Project Representative
  • Preconstruction Services Consultant
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling) Modeler or Coordinator
  • Marketing and Development Principal



    Foundation Course (2 credits)

    Managing with Building Information Modeling (CMGT 4003)
    AutoCAD for Construction Managers CMGT 2019 can substitute only if you've already taken CMGT 4003.

    Required Courses (14 credits)

    Course Name Credits Offered
    Surveying and Mapping (CEGE 3202) 2 fall, summer
    Materials and Structures II (CMGT 4545) 4 spring
    Construction Accounting (CMGT 4201) 2 fall
    Transportation Engineering (CEGE 3201) 3 fall, spring
    Principles of Highway Design (CEGE 4201) 3 spring

    Technical Electives (11 credits)

    Course Name Credits Offered
    Environmental Engineering (CEGE 3501) 3 fall, spring
    Managing Erosion and Sediment Control (CMGT 4081) 1 spring
    Directed Study (CMGT 4193) 1–3 every semester
    Additional Internship (CMGT 4196) 1 every semester
    Advanced Construction Cost Estimating (CMGT 4422) 2 spring
    Topics in Construction Management (CMGT 4550) varies fall, spring
    Landscape Construction: Site Systems and Engineering (LA 3571) 3 fall
    Soil Mechanics I (CEGE 3301) 3 fall, spring
    Fluid Mechanics (CEGE 3502) 4 fall, spring
    Pavement Engineering and Management (CEGE 4253) 3 spring
    Hydrologic Design (CEGE 4501) 4 fall, spring
    Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRIR 3021) 3 every semester
    Construction Industry through Time and Tomorrow (CMGT 4000) 2 fall, even years, online
    Innovative Contracting (CMGT 4001) 1 fall, odd years
    Lean Construction (CMGT 4002) 1 spring, odd years, online
    Introduction to Environmental Health & Safety (CMGT 4301) 3 fall, odd years, online
    Environmental Health Principles (CMGT 4302) 3 spring, even years, online
    Introductory Statics and Structures for Construction Managers (BBE 3101) 3 varies
    Facility Programming and Design (CMGT 3024W) 2 fall, even years, online

    Questions? Connect with Construction Management enrollment advisor Jeff Olsen Krengel: jkrengel@umn.edu or 612-625-4340.