Construction management is a profession, which specializes in running of construction projects, which involve; planning design construction and commissioning of the project. It is responsible for controlling the main constraints of projects (time, cost, quality, safety) and its compatibility with other project delivery systems makes it fundamental in any construction project.
Projects involve; the client, architect, contractor and engineers who perform explicitly unique functions and thus the construction managers intervene to enable collaboration of these parties for project fruition.
In Kenya, Bachelor in Construction Management is classified under Cluster 8C which specifies that Math is the only required subject plus any other three subjects. This means any student could qualify to pursue it, a minimum grade is C+ in Math. However, some universities have specific requirements; JKUAT requires a minimum of B- mean grade and KU requires Physics in addition to Math.
However, in order to qualify to be a government-sponsored student and considering how competitive the course is, the average minimum aggregate cut-off is 40 for various university selection including JKUAT, UON, and KU. This typically requires A’s and B’s alone for consideration. However, anybody with the financial ability can apply to be self-sponsored if they surpass the minimum specification requirements for each university.
Fees structure for Self-sponsored students
As previously stated, construction management mostly involves taking control of the major factors of a project and enabling the collaboration of the various components of the project. Therefore, the program involves intensive study on communication and teamwork, costs and valuation, health and safety, technical expertise on the various professions involved and much more.
You have to be good in math or at least willing to practice math regularly since there are many calculations involved especially where costs and scientific principles are applied. The course requires a minimum of 4 years of full-time study. JKUAT specifically has an additional year for research thesis and projects.
Upon graduation, you can join various associations such Association of Construction Managers in Kenya and the Architectural Association of Kenya, to increase your access to information and opportunities besides building your professional network.
- Technical Drawing
- History of Construction
- Building Technology
- Civil Engineering Construction
- Architectural Communication
- Building Science
- Land Surveying
- Site Development, Organization, and Management
- Construction Plant and Equipment Management
- Project Planning Control and Management
- Construction Materials Testing and Management
- Construction/Property Law
- Cost Analysis and Bidding
- Computer-Aided Design
- Measurement of Construction Work
- Building Design
- Principles of Construction Management
- Construction Marketing
- Financial management
Universities offering Bachelor of Construction Management
- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
- University of Nairobi
- Kenyatta University
- Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
- Technical University of Kenya
Diploma in Construction Management
Owing to the numerous construction projects around the country today, Construction Managers can be sure they have many opportunities available for those who can knock doors well. This is due to the rapid growth of the economy accompanied by population. Competition is stiff as always and connections play a huge part in securing the career future of any graduate.
There are numerous entrepreneurial opportunities too which can be exploited such as the skillset in the use of advanced technology and data management system for better project management. Very few people are trained to do that.
Entities that Employ Construction Managers
- Construction companies
- Design and Consultancy engineering companies
- Industrialization and Transport Ministries of the Government
- Property development firms
- Housing Associations
- Urban development agencies and government entities
Jobs you can get
- Actual project managers in engineering and buildings
- Urban development managers
As is the case for most careers, starting out as a construction management graduate might seem very challenging. Also, the fact that many clients choose to disregard the need for a construction manager to reduce the professional labor cost might be an issue.
During the internship programs, most graduates are not paid. However, on employment, a starting salary of around 50k is expected though it depends on the firm.
Working under an employer might not be as rewarding as expected, but having a side hustle or building a network of clients, leads and other professionals during the employment period could help in starting your own venture.
The Average Salary for an experienced construction manager in Kenya according to Salary Explorer is about 90k to 110K.