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.

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
Bachelor's Completion Option(s): Construction Management (CMGT), Bachelor of Science
  • 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
ECON1000Introduction to Micro & Macro Economics3
MATH1000Algebra & Trigonometry3
PHIL2400Introduction to Ethics2
Communications Elective3
Physical/Environmental Science with Lab3
Humanities Elective3
Technical Requirements
CMGT1111The Construction Industry2
CMGT1131Construction Plans & Measurements3
CSBT1000AEC Seminar1
CSBT1002Construction Drafting3
SCVL1111Introduction to Surveying3
CMGT1211Construction Estimating I3
CMGT1231Construction Planning & Scheduling I3
CSBT2110Building Codes3
SCVL2111Materials,Testing, Construction Methods3
CMGT1221Construction Materials & Methods II3
CMGT2211Integrated Environmental Systems3
CMGT2221Construction Administration2
CMGT2131Construction Safety2
CMGT2203Construction Mgmt Statics & Structures3
CMGT2230Commercial Project Management3
Technical Elective (Choose one course):3
Residential Project Management
Project Management: NAHB 2 yr Competitio
Technical Elective (Choose one course): 1
Construction Contracts
Erosion & Sediment Control
Service Learning I
Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Certified Green Professional
Construction Technology I
Introduction to Facilities Management
Construction Claims
Professional Development
International AEC Fields & Practices
Total Credits64

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 Arts & Sciences 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
CMGT1111 The Construction Industry 2
CMGT1131 Construction Plans & Measurements 3
CSBT1000 AEC Seminar 1
CSBT1002 Construction Drafting 3
SCVL1111 Introduction to Surveying 3
MATH1000 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
PHIL2400 Introduction to Ethics 2
 Total Credits17
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CMGT1211 Construction Estimating I 3
CMGT1231 Construction Planning & Scheduling I 3
CSBT2110 Building Codes 3
SCVL2111 Materials,Testing, Construction Methods 3
Communications with Writing 3
Humanities Elective 3
 Total Credits18
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
CMGT1221 Construction Materials & Methods II 3
CMGT2211 Integrated Environmental Systems 3
CMGT2221 Construction Administration 2
Residential Project Management
or Project Management: NAHB 2 yr Competitio
ECON1000 Introduction to Micro & Macro Economics 3
SPCH1000 Speech 3
 Total Credits17
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
CMGT2131 Construction Safety 2
CMGT2203 Construction Mgmt Statics & Structures 3
CMGT2230 Commercial Project Management 3
Construction Contracts
or Professional Development
or International AEC Fields & Practices
or Erosion & Sediment Control
or Service Learning I
or Certified Aging in Place Specialist
or Certified Green Professional
or Construction Technology I
or Introduction to Facilities Management
or Construction Claims
Physical/Environmental Science with Lab 3
 Total Credits12


CMGT1111 | The Construction Industry | Lecture (2 Credits)

Aspects of the construction industry presented using interviews with practicing professionals, site tours, and exploratory reflections to illustrate the many opportunities available as a professional.

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

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

CSBT1000 | AEC Seminar | Seminar (1 Credit)

Introduction to the academic and classroom culture. Develop a proficiency in communication skills including research, oral presentation, writing, and collaboration.

CSBT1002 | Construction Drafting | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

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

SCVL1111 | Introduction to Surveying | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

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

CMGT1211 | Construction Estimating I | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

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

CMGT1231 | Construction Planning & Scheduling I | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

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

Prerequisite(s): CMGT1131

CSBT2110 | 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.

SCVL2111 | Materials,Testing, Construction Methods | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

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

CMGT1221 | Construction Materials & Methods II | Lec/Lab (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.

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.

CMGT2221 | Construction Administration | Lecture (2 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.

Prerequisite(s): CMGT1211 And CMGT1231

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.

Prerequisite(s): CMGT1210, Or CMGT1211, And CMGT1230, Or CMGT1231

CMGT2500 | Project Management: NAHB 2 yr Competitio | Laboratory (3 Credits)

Integrate residential project management with documentation prepared for review by an industry review panel and a presentation at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) annual student competition. Emphasis is on creation and coordination of plans, schedules and estimates. Students are selected by faculty to register for this course.

Prerequisite(s): CMGT1210, CMGT1211, CMGT1230, And CMGT1231

CMGT2131 | Construction Safety | Lecture (2 Credits)

Examine the principles of construction safety and identify health hazards using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)1926 Construction Industry Regulations and MNOSHA Laws and Rules. Emphasis is on OSHA 30-hour Construction standards.

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.

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

CMGT1313 | Construction Contracts | Seminar (1 Credit)

Introduction to construction administration documents, systems, and procedures to understand the construction contracting process including planning and scheduling the job, bidding through closeout to meet project requirements.

CMGT1314 | Erosion & Sediment Control | Seminar (1 Credit)

Analyze the use of best management practices to prevent erosion and sediment control loss on construction sites. Focus is on permit regulations, laborer activities, proper installation of best management practices, turf establishment items, and inspection procedures.

CMGT1315 | Service Learning I | Seminar (1 Credit)

Practice construction management through service construction projects and public/non profit partnerships to increase skills and build community.

CMGT1316 | Certified Aging in Place Specialist | Seminar (1 Credit)

Examine the technical, business management, and customer service requirements associated with an aging society who desire to remain independent and age-in-place. Analyze existing living conditions and propose revisions to increase the likelihood of the aging population being able to remain in their homes.

CMGT1317 | Certified Green Professional | Seminar (1 Credit)

Correlate the basics of residential construction to the application of green building practices in the construction of a new home, remodel, site development, and multifamily projects.

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.

CMGT1319 | Introduction to Facilities Management | Seminar (1 Credit)

Discover aspects of the facilities management industry as presented through interviews with practicing professionals, site tours, textbook studies, and exploratory reflections to illustrate the many opportunities available as a professional.

CMGT1901 | International AEC Fields & Practices | Travel Study (1 Credit)

Introduction to the international aspects of architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Emphasis on inter-cultural communication, cultural intelligence, and globalization of technology. Traditional classroom sessions (held before travel) include lectures, seminar discussions, case studies, participatory activities, and guest speaker presentations. Coursework during travel is primarily experiential based and includes fieldwork, group projects and community based service-learning. Travel expenses are incurred by the student.

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.

ECON1000 | Introduction to Micro & Macro Economics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Fundamental economic issues and theories are explored through discussion and research. Current events, policy perspectives, and case studies are used to process and apply economics to everyday life.

General Education: Social Sciences

MATH1000 | Algebra & Trigonometry | Lecture (3 Credits)

Real numbers and polynomials, exponents and radicals, fractional equations; proportions and linear equations; trigonometric functions, solutions of triangles, radians, trig functions graphs, vectors, and basic identities.

General Education: Mathematics

PHIL2400 | Introduction to Ethics | Lecture (2 Credits)

The development of ethical standards as related to the individual, government, business, and society. Current legislation is examined from the perspective of its moral and ethical roots with considerations and standards influencing personal and business decisions.

General Education: Humanities

SPCH1000 | Speech | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to public speech making; purpose and organization, audience analysis and response, verbal and non-verbal clues.

General Education: Communications