Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
College of Engineering

Undergraduate: Construction Systems Management

Construction Systems Management (CSM) is the management and operation of the business and technological aspects of the construction industry. As a CSM students, you will develop managerial skills to prepare you for a career in coordinating and directing activities in a range of industry sectors including residentialcommercial, and heavy (roads, bridges, and freeways) construction.

CSM core course topics include construction:

  • materials and methods
  • mechanical systems
  • electrical and lighting systems
  • surveying and site development
  • estimating
  • scheduling
  • structures
  • heavy construction
  • safety and health
  • project management
  • contracts and documents
  • professional development

CSM students also take supporting courses and technical electives in business management to enhance the managerial and technical skills necessary for success as construction project manager in any sector of the construction industry.

Why Construction Systems Management?

Small Classes. Be part of a large, thriving university while learning in small classes  from personable instructors.

  • Department wide student-to-instructor ratio: 6:1
  • Average CSM class size: 20-40 students; split hands-on lab sections: 12-30 students

Hands-on Learning. Put theory into practice, incorporating lab experiences and interactive activities within portions of every course.

Scholarships. Take advantage of over $95,000 in departmental scholarships and 2 million dollars college scholarships awarded each year.

Networking. Stay connected with over 90 construction-related companies year-round through mock interviews, student-industry socials, internship and career fairs, and in-class guest lecturers.

Job Outcomes. Over 93% of graduates have started a job or graduate school within six months of graduation. CSM students’ average starting annual salary is $48,000.

Accredited Program. In March of 2015, our CSM program received five years of accreditation through the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the highest level of accreditation available. 

CSM Graduates are Highly Marketable

CSM graduates often pursue careers with building contractors and construction supply businesses, companies, and agencies. Graduates are also often self-employed as contractors, consultants, or owners/operators of construction businesses in the residential, commercial, or heavy infrastructure sectors.

Our CSM students have found internships or fulltime employment with companies like:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Global Procurement Transportation
  • Amcrete LLC
  • American Electric Power
  • Anthony Mining Company
  • APEX Painting
  • BAC’s Construction
  • BBF Builders
  • BCS
  • Butch Bando Concrete
  • Caravan Packaging, Inc.
  • Columbus Tent Rental
  • Compton Construction 
  • Construction Systems Inc. 
  • Corna Kokosing Construction Company
  • Danis
  • Dean Landscape Construction
  • Elegant Home Supply
  • Elford
  • Farber Corporation
  • Fastenal
  • Ferguson Construction Company
  • Fleet Interiors
  • Fortney and Weyghandt
  • G&G Enterprises Complete Excavating Services, LLC
  • George J. Igel & Co. 
  • Gilbane Building Company
  • Greater Dayton Construction
  • Grunley Construction Company Llc.
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hill International
  • Homeport
  • Interstates Company
  • Ken Emerick
  • Kiewit
  • Kokosing Construction
  • L-3 Comunication 
  • Licking County
  • Linsdey Construction and Design
  • Lithko Contracting, Inc.
  • Lupton Rausch Architects
  • Malone Renovations, Inc. 
  • Maria Stein Trenching and Excavating
  • Mark Holton Construction
  • Murphy's Landscaping
  • Nickolas Savko and Sons
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Ohio Gasket & Shim Industries 
  • Ohio State Football 
  • Ohio State University
  • Pepper Construction
  • PSI
  • RapidShot North America, Inc.
  • Rectenwald Brothers Construction
  • Renier Construction 
  • Resource International, Inc.
  • Ribway Engineering Group Inc.
  • RICOP Construction
  • Rockford Construction
  • Ruppert Landscape
  • S and S Agribuilders 
  • S.A. Comunale
  • Salon Lofts Corporation
  • Scheetz Construction
  • SCOT Industries
  • Skanska
  • Smoot Construction
  • Swick Construction Inc. 
  • T.H. Martin Inc.
  • TBrausch Studios
  • Terracon Consultants
  • The Brewer Garrett Company
  • The Lusk Group
  • The Painting Company
  • The Quandel Group
  • The Superior Group
  • Thomas & Marker Construction
  • Thompson
  • Trenching and Excavating Company
  • Trim Carpenters Inc.
  • Tri-Village School District
  • Unlimited Concrete Solutions
  • Vasco Asphalt
  • Vasco Sports Contractors
  • Velocity Construction
  • Vertical Concrete Walls, Inc.
  • Wolfe & Sons Heating & Cooling

CSM Program Objectives

1. Plan and manage the construction of buildings and other infrastructure, and associated systems that meet all functional, safety, environmental, legal and economic requirements.
2. Follow the business principles and ethical practices necessary to build and maintain a viable company serving the construction industry.
3. Function effectively both as a team member and leader interacting successfully with clients, owners, government officials, the general public, and construction industry professionals from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
4. Become an accomplished professional in the construction industry who continuously updates his or her technical and management skills and serves relevant industry associations and organizations.
5. Contribute technical and management expertise to the improvement of local communities through active participation in community activities, organizations and charities.

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