Program Information

Construction Management involves managing, estimating, and scheduling of residential, industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects. Talented managers know how to avoid costly delays, control a project’s scope and maximize resources and existing budgets.

The first two terms of the two-year Construction Project Management, Ontario College Graduate Certificate includes specific, practical education through a combination of management skills in construction with an emphasis on estimating, scheduling, procurement and cost control, combined with best practices in construction safety, quality management, legal documentation, and contracts. The third term curriculum concentrates on common skills necessary in project management. The final semester solidifies classroom learning through an applied project or co-operative education work term.

Graduates will also gain effective communication skills to work with all levels of personnel in the construction industry. These skills will help prepare them for more responsible jobs in the construction sector.

This Lambton College program is licensed to and delivered by Cestar College (PDF), a licensed private career college in Toronto, Ontario. Students that are registered at Lambton in Toronto are students of a public college and as such, will receive full credit from Lambton College for all Lambton College courses completed at the Cestar College campus in Toronto. Students who meet program graduation requirements will graduate with a credential from Lambton College.

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Admission Requirements

A college diploma, advanced diploma or university degree in a construction-related field such as architectural technology, construction engineering technology, civil engineering technology, civil engineering or architectural studies.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
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    IELTS of 6.0 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • TOEFL iBT 79
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    TOEFL 70 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Applicants from India, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan should note that IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Not all students will qualify for EAP-3106 in place of the required IELTS or TOEFL test scores.


Course List

CON-1003: Construction Methods, Materials and Codes

In this course, students are introduced to construction methods, materials and codes depending on project requirements. This course includes the study of the production, characteristics, and application of construction materials including sustainable practices, specific building codes, safety regulations, ecological regulations. Students become familiar with residential electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and fire suppression systems. This course builds competency in effectively communicating with various contractors.

CON-1013: Construction Job Site Management I

In this course, students are introduced to project organization, time management, and coordination, while learning to develop a meaningful and successful relationship with architects, engineers, owners, and other trades. Case studies are utilized throughout the course so that students can formulate and devise strategies and solution to evolving situations. Students are provided with opportunities to develop skills and recognize factors that affect construction schedules and site planning.

CON-1022: Basic Blueprint Reading and Drafting

In this course students learn how to read and interpret blueprints and specifications. Students will develop skills at manual architectural drafting and be introduced to various computer assisted drafting and blueprint viewing software.

CON-1032: Human Resources Project Management

Students develop communication and leadership skills for managing employees and contractors both in the office and on the job-site. Skills developed include policy writing, employee recruitment, problem solving, and conflict resolution techniques. Through the use of case study, students explore how different situations affect employer and employee relations in union and non-unionized environments.

CON-1053: Construction Estimation

Students develop skills to estimate based on blueprints and specifications. Students will perform quantity take-offs, apply material costs and perform labor calculations for an industrial/commercial/institutional construction project. General expenses, site work, heavy construction and tender documents are also examined in this course

EPM-1113: Project Management: Overview and Context

In this course students explore the relationships between project management and the greater context of organizational strategies, operations management, and portfolio and program management. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management.

RCT-1102: Construction Safety

This course will concentrate on fall protection and the fundamental concepts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act with specific reference to federal and provincial legislation. The student will identify and recognize workplace responsibilities, health issues, hazard concerns, controls, and WHMIS. Students will also be introduced to ladder and scaffolding setup

CON-2013: Construction Job Site Management II

In this course, students learn the bidding procedure in order to select contractors, submittal process, the development of a project budget and schedule, how to control a construction project in terms of schedule and cost, the importance and process of subcontracting, quality management, progress payments and how to close a construction project. Students use the techniques of project control, using detailed case studies.

CON-2023: Advanced Blueprint Reading and Drafting

Students discover how to interpret complex blueprints and specifications. Students develop and interpret information in order to create their own drawings of various objects. Students will develop a set of blueprints for a small commercial project using Computer assisted drafting.

CON-2033: Construction Contracts and Laws

Students are introduced to principles of contract law as they relate to the construction industry. The various types of contracts and bidding documents and standard forms are introduced and examined.

CON-2042: Introduction to Structural Systems

In this course, students are introduced to structural theory and design, and learn necessary skills to determine and apply appropriate loading conditions for various construction applications. This course includes topics such as force application, force transfer calculations, and cross-sectional shapes properties.

CON-2063: Construction Economics and Financial Analysis

In this course, students are introduced to fundamentals of economics, cost control, accounting practices and standards, taxes, and pensions. Students learn to use financial ratios for the analysis of financial statements of construction companies. Students are introduced to the processes and steps of capital budgeting and learn how to evaluate and select capital projects. Using computer labs, students become familiar with applied financial management of construction projects.

RCT-3213: Computer Applications and Estimating

This course will introduce students to the use of word processing and spreadsheet software program. Students will build estimating databases and project estimating spreadsheets using these programs.

CPP-1001: Co-op Preparation

This course will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to Co-operative Education. This will include understanding the Co-operative Education & Internship Policy, understanding the support system available through the Co-op and Career Services department, utilizing social media, preparing effective cover letters & resume as well as the fundamentals of behavioural based interviewing.

Academic Break

CON-2124: Construction Project Management: Simulation

EPM-1123: Initiating the Project

In this course, the student develops a structured approach to the project initiation processes. Key to this approach is the linkage of the business need to the project outcomes, the analysis of project stakeholders, and their interests, the application of project selection methods, the creation of the project charter, and the development of the initial project communications plan. Together these activities form the first process of Project Integration Management, Develop the Project Charter.

EPM-1133: Identifying Project Requirements: Scope and Quality Management

In this course students identify and define project scope and quality requirements using an array of processes, tools and techniques, including Planning Scope Management, Collecting Requirements, Defining Scope, Creating the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Planning Quality Management.

EPM-1163: Project Resource Planning: Time Resources Management

In this course the student explores the related areas of planning in project risk management and project procurement management. Risk management planning processes include identifying and analyzing risk and developing risk response plans. Procurement management planning involves acquiring goods and services from outside organizations and developing an approach to how the work of those organization's efforts integrate into the project endeavour.

EPM-1143: Project Resource Planning: Resources Management

The course provides an introduction into the complex topic of resource planning for a project. Students will learn how to: define all the project activities required; estimate the resources required; create a time-phased budget; develop a schedule; and acquire, develop & manage a project team Students will learn how all these processes interact with one another over the course of the project life cycle.

EPM-1173: Managing Project Uncertainty Risk & Procurement Management

In this course students learn how to create, summarize, analyze and interpret project-related data for performance reporting and decision-making purposes using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Project. The student will further be able to integrate data between different systems.

CPL-1049: Work Term Full-Time*

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

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CPL-5559: Applied Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

*In order to be eligible to participate in a full-time Co-op Work Term (CPL-1049) students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

Failing to do so will require the students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost to the student.

See the Additional Fees tab for current fees.

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

Employment Opportunities

Construction Project Managers specifically may find employment as:

  • General Contractor
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Industrial Construction Manager
  • Residential Construction Manager
  • Self-employed Contractor

For information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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