Construction Project Management (PMGT), AAS

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Construction Project Management AAS degree is designed to address the increasing demand for formally trained project managers, estimators, and field personnel. The program prepares students for various entry-level positions in the construction industry. Construction project management requires highly developed critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills to manage individual and team performance and functional oversight of a project life cycle.

Through the use of instructional projects, students learn the tools to become leaders of the construction team, including how to develop and manage schedules and estimates; how to monitor and report on the progress of construction activities to stakeholders; and how to track and control construction costs. Key themes include risk and safety management, ethical and legal implications, and financial decision making.

Courses utilize tangible local projects to examine best practices, industry standards, and applications with curriculum specifically designed to emulate various jobs performed in the professional work environment. Current industry software is used to create and manage documents for student projects. In addition, service learning projects, site visits, speakers, and lab exercises introduce students to industry and community partners with a directed focus on gaining an appreciation for the social and environmental responsibilities that extend beyond creating the built environment.

Arts & Sciences courses round out the course of study, providing students with the analytical, communication, and writing skills the industry demands of its professionals. The program also includes a capstone project. A shorter certificate option is also available.

Credits earned in the Construction Project Management AAS directly transfer into Dunwoody's Construction Management Bachelor of Science degree program.

Accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).

Credential Earned: AAS
Length of Program: 2 years (4 semesters) Evening AAS students may take up to 5 semesters to complete unless they have technical transfer credits.
Classes Offered: Day; Evening; Distance Learning; Hybrid
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester; Summer Session
  • Create written communications appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Create oral presentations appropriate to the construction discipline.
  • Create a construction project safety plan.
  • Create construction project cost estimates.
  • Create construction project schedules.
  • Analyze professional decisions based on ethical principles.
  • Analyze construction documents for planning and management of construction processes.
  • Analyze methods, materials, and equipment used for construct projects.
  • Apply electronic-based technology to manage the construction process.
  • Apply basic surveying techniques for construction layout and control.
  • Understand construction accounting and cost control.
  • Understand the legal implications of contract, common, and regulatory law to manage a construction project.
  • Understand the basic principles of structural behavior.
  • Understand the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and piping systems.
General Requirements
Communications Elective3
Humanities Elective3
Math Elective3
Social Science3
General Elective3
Technical Requirements
CMGT1112The Construction Industry3
CMGT1002Construction Drafting3
CMGT1318Construction Technology I1
CMGT1131Construction Plans & Measurements3
SCVL1111Introduction to Topographic Surveying3
CMGT2203Construction Mgmt Statics & Structures3
CMGT1211Construction Estimating I3
CMGT1231Construction Planning & Scheduling I3
CMGT2222Construction Administration3
CMGT2132Construction Safety Management1
CMGT1221Construction Materials & Methods II3
CMGT2150Residential Project Management3
MGMT1000Principles of Accounting3
CMGT2211Integrated Environmental Systems3
CMGT2111Building Codes3
CMGT2230Commercial Project Management3
SCVL2111Materials,Testing, Construction Methods3
CSBT2000Professional Development1
Technical Elective:2
Choose 2 credits of CMGT or SCVL courses
Total Credits65

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CMGT1112 The Construction Industry 3
CMGT1002 Construction Drafting 3
CMGT1318 Construction Technology I 1
CMGT1131 Construction Plans & Measurements 3
SCVL1111 Introduction to Topographic Surveying 3
Math Elective 3
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CMGT2203 Construction Mgmt Statics & Structures 3
CMGT1211 Construction Estimating I 3
CMGT1231 Construction Planning & Scheduling I 3
CMGT2222 Construction Administration 3
CMGT2132 Construction Safety Management 1
Social Science 3
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
CMGT1221 Construction Materials & Methods II 3
CMGT2150 Residential Project Management 3
MGMT1000 Principles of Accounting 3
CMGT2211 Integrated Environmental Systems 3
Technical Elective 1
Communications 3
Humanities 3
 Total Credits19
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
CMGT2111 Building Codes 3
CMGT2230 Commercial Project Management 3
SCVL2111 Materials,Testing, Construction Methods 3
CSBT2000 Professional Development 1
Technical Elective 1
General Elective 3
 Total Credits14


CMGT1112 | The Construction Industry | Lecture (3 Credits)

Aspects of the construction industry are explored through guest speakers, site tours, and exploratory reflections to highlight the variety of opportunities available as a construction professional.

CMGT1002 | Construction Drafting | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Implement construction graphics and conventions using hand drafting and drawing software.

CMGT1318 | Construction Technology I | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore electronic-based technology through research and industry presentations to explain the role technology has in managing the construction process.

CMGT1131 | Construction Plans & Measurements | Lecture (3 Credits)

Interpret architectural and engineering graphics and conventions using construction documents to identify materials and calculate quantities.

SCVL1111 | Introduction to Topographic Surveying | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Introduction to the technical equipment and industry processes used by surveying technicians to collect and interpret data.

CMGT2203 | Construction Mgmt Statics & Structures | Lecture (3 Credits)

Evaluate structural behavior, structural materials, and load resistance for vertical and horizontal projects. Focus is on how construction managers work with designers.

CMGT1211 | Construction Estimating I | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Integrate material quantities with costs through take-offs, estimates and bid analysis, to predict project costs.

Prerequisite(s): CMGT1131

CMGT1231 | Construction Planning & Scheduling I | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Analyze a sequence of construction tasks using network diagrams, Gantt charts, and the critical path method to create a project schedule.

CMGT2222 | Construction Administration | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examine the requirements of Construction Administration using industry standard formats and procedures to understand the administrative requirements for their implications on a construction project.

CMGT2132 | Construction Safety Management | Seminar (1 Credit)

Examine the principles of construction safety management to develop strategies to prevent injuries on construction projects.

CMGT1221 | Construction Materials & Methods II | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Examine building materials and construction methods through deconstruction of building systems using case studies, field trips and hands on exercises to figure out how buildings are assembled. Emphasis on the methods and materials for the interior of buildings.

CMGT2150 | Residential Project Management | Laboratory (3 Credits)

Integrate residential project management skills to create and coordinate plans, schedules, and estimates for a site development residential project utilizing construction competition guidelines.

MGMT1000 | Principles of Accounting | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to fundamental accounting concepts and cycles. Includes analyzing, interpreting, and recording transactions, as well as the preparation of financial statements, bank reconciliations and payroll transactions in accordance with commonly accepted accounting principles.

CMGT2211 | Integrated Environmental Systems | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examine mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems using case studies to coordinate the integration of these disciplines.

CMGT2111 | Building Codes | Lecture (3 Credits)

Select and apply appropriate federal, state/provincial and municipal codes, standards and accessibility guidelines using industry standards with an emphasis on Life Safety Codes and the ADA to prepare for licensing exams, meet with codes officials, and to design spaces that enhance the health, safety and welfare of the general public.

CMGT2230 | Commercial Project Management | Laboratory (3 Credits)

Manage a construction project from Request for Proposals through closeout integrating software; best practices and ethical decision making illustrate the competencies required of a construction project manager/site supervisor. Emphasis on overall culmination of prerequisite skills achieved in prior courses.

Prerequisite(s): CMGT1211 And CMGT1231

SCVL2111 | Materials,Testing, Construction Methods | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Introduction to testing construction materials and methods, inspection and quality control. Examine construction documents to estimate quantities and costs for civil projects.

CSBT2000 | Professional Development | Seminar (1 Credit)

Apply technical skills in a related industry setting to acquire real world experience in an area of student interest.