More than 40 prospective students attended an information session about the UTC Construction Management Program, focused on providing a comprehensive and quality learning environment with scholarly and service activities. These students will be prepared to work as professionals in construction who can plan, schedule, and build projects.
“We had a good representation of construction company representatives at the information session, including The AGC of East Tennessee, The Strauss Co., TU Parks, Signal Energy, DBS Corporation, Rentenbach, Dillard Construction, Pointe, Hydro Power Services, and more,” said Dr. Neslihan Alp, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Department Head of Engineering Management and Technology, and UC Foundation Professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We also had a great panel discussion. Students asked very good questions of the panelists about job placement, internship opportunities, local, regional, and national demand, and the required qualifications for a new hire.”
Panelists included: Roger Tuder, President/CEO of the AGC of East Tennessee; Arch Willingham, Executive Vice President, TU Parks Construction Co.; Cary Davis, President of the DBS Corporation; John Straussberger, President of the Strauss Company Inc.; Robert Duncan, Senior Project Manager, Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated; Dean Will Sutton, UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science; Caitlin Moffitt, Assistant Professor of Civil/Construction Engineering Technology, CSCC; Paul Baggett, Adjunct Faculty, UTC/CSCC.
A partnership with the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science, Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of East Tennessee established the new degree program in fall 2008.
The B.S. in Engineering Technology Management (ETM) with the concentration in Construction Management and M.S. in Engineering Management with the concentration in Construction Management at UTC will provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are valued and sought by the construction industry both locally and regionally. The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of East Tennessee, http://www.agcetn.org/ , is the major sponsor of this program.
“Currently we have more than 70 undergraduate and 10 graduate students in the Construction Management program. I’m very pleased with the high demand and interest in this program,” Alp said.
This B.S. degree program requires 127 hours and can be also taken as a 2+2 degree program with the Chattanooga State and Cleveland State Community Colleges. The M.S. degree program requires 33 hours.
Visit http://www.utc.edu/Academic/ConstructionManagement/ for more information.