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Construction management is a fundamental skill within the creation of the built environment because that covers your fabrication side, in other words what I mean by that is that, that’s where the building occurs, so that’s where we translate two dimensional drawings into spaces that people can use.
So the type of person that would appeal to could be a person who has a sense of economics but enjoys the building and spaces that they live in and frequent. It is also an opportunity for a person to be involved with creation of new works.
Quite often people think that construction managers are a little bit like the trade person who works out of the back of their ute and doing residential construction.
The Construction Management course at CQU is offered part time and there’s a reason for that, it’s, it’s seen as the majority of students who do come into and seeking the, the study, are looking at upskilling, so therefore many of them are already working in the industry, they might have a trade background and this is a pathway into a more executive or supervisory role.
The Bachelor of Construction Management program at CQU is accredited by the Australian Institute of Building, which is a profession organisation which covers construction managers. Quite often we have to, have a sort of a forward projection of perhaps if you’re going to be training people, you’re training them for the future so therefore we sometimes are looking at imagining what the future what the environment might look like in 10 years time and start figuring out what other skills and so forth that we need to bring into our study curriculum.
The Built Environment team at CQU is made up of quite a number of disciplines and that’s the thing with Built Environment, not just one discipline. We have on staff, we’ve got a civil engineer who’s majored in structures, we have a qualified surveyor so that’s your cost economist for a project, we have got architects, we also have a building surveyor, so we sort of try to complement one another because we are a small group but we have great diversity and those sort of experiences feed into what we teach.
I find that the Built Environment is an industry whereby there’s always something happening in terms of it doesn’t matter whether it’s housing or an estate wherever you look around you, the built environment is there and you’re a player within that.