Construction Project Management

CPMS
Two-Year with Co-op Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Sep Open Jan Open

Overview

Do you enjoy leading complex projects from start to finish, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, and making a tangible impact on the built environment? Then construction project management is right for you!

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.

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Admission Requirements

  • A 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.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel a program or course at any time; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways to 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.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS of 6.5

- or -

  • TOEFL iBT 79

- or -

  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test

Please Note: 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.

Graduate Successes

A photo of a student graduat, Felipe Noira Pinto, wearing on-site protective gear.

"This program combines project management knowledge with Canadian construction industry practices. The hands-on training, and the extent to which it is applicable to my daily tasks still surprises me."

~ Filipe Pinto, currently employed at PCL Constructors Canada

Costs

  • Term 1 $9,413.27
  • Term 2 $8,629.37
  • Term 3 $9,412.35
  • Co-op Term $0.00
$27,454.99
Total Cost of Program

Tuition fees are estimates and are subject to change each academic year. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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.

Additional Fees

  • Construction Hard Hat
    $20.00
  • CSA Approved Safety Boots
    $150.00
  • Field Trip Expenses
    $200.00

WIL Project Fees

Students who are not successful in securing a co-op or fail to meet the co-op requirements will need to register in CPL-5559 WIL Project.

There is an additional fee of $2,100 for each student enrolled in the WIL Project course.

Textbooks

The anticipated cost for textbooks in this program is approximately $500 - $700 per term. This amount accounts for both mandatory textbook costs (included in tuition fees) as well as textbook fees not included in your tuition fee amount.

Important Dates, Deadline & Late Fees

For additional information on registration dates, deadlines and late fees please refer to Registration Dates and Deadlines.

Student Fees

A student services fee is included in your tuition.

Health Insurance Coverage

Emergency medical insurance is mandatory for all international students at Lambton College. This includes students who are full-time and part-time and who are on a co-op. This insurance is provided by guard.me - a third party insurance provider.

See Insurance Costs & Details

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Courses

CON-1003
Construction Methods, Materials & 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-1123
Initiation, Stakeholders & Communication

In this course, students develop a structured approach to project initiation and a understanding of the performance domains of stakeholders, planning and communication. Key to this approach is the linkage of the business need to the project outcomes and application of project selection in an organization. Students will examine the Project Charter, linking the business case to the project objectives and outcomes. Examining various models, artifacts and methodology to use when initiating a project for traditional, agile and hybrid. Students will learn the Stakeholder Project Management Principles including analysis of project stakeholders, tailoring to stakeholders and project methodology, determining which artifacts are relevant for stakeholder analysis and creation of a stakeholder engagement plan to deliver identified outcomes. Communication models and methodology will be examined to create a communication plan to engage identified stakeholders. Students will learn appropriate communication methods based on project methodology and how to properly assess communication is delivering planned outcomes.

CON-1023
Basic BLueprint Reading & 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.

EPM-1113
Project Management: Overview & Context

In this course, the student is introduced to project management fundamentals and core concepts providing an understanding of the various project life cycles and processes. This course explores the Project Management Institute website and what it has to offer in terms of certifications, practice guides and the reference site. The student will learn about different certifications available demonstrating effort and commitment to the profession. The newest version of the PMBOK Guide and the Standard for Project Management will be the focus laying a sound foundation for all future program courses. Upon completion the students will be aware of several common project management terms, the project management framework, and the profession itself. The student will have experienced team building and teamwork by applying case study assignments to demonstrate their learnings.

CON-1102
Construction Safety

This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of the Occupational Health and Safety Act with specific reference to federal and provincial legislation. Leaners will identify and recognize workplace responsibilities, health issues, hazard concerns, controls, and WHMIS. Learners will construct scaffold systems and demonstrate ladder safety. Hoisting and rigging will also be studied extensively.

JSS-1001
Job Search & Success

This course provides student with skills and knowledge to help support their career search and succeed in the workplace. Students align their personal skill set and goals to guide them on their career paths. They will learn how to effectively conduct a job search, build a professional and well-tailored resume and cover letter, and develop and practice interview techniques. Students will also develop their personal brand to help support effective career networking and aid in their job search. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace are also discussed. Self-reflection is used to inspire insight and support their professional career journey.

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 & 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-1133
Project Scope & Quality Management

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

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-1053
Construction Estimation

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

CON-1173
MS Project & Excel

In this course, the student is introduced to understanding, organizing, and presenting data in useful visual formats to able to interpret, analyze and make decisions on a project. The student is presented with a number of techniques and tools within MS Excel and MS Project to aid with data analysis. Upon completion, the student will be able to use a number of advanced features within Excel as well as create a complete MS Project Schedule. The student will have the knowledge to monitor the progress of the project using Earned Value Management and utilize several reporting tools within MS Project.

FOUR MONTHS

CON-3213
Computer Applicationss & Estimating

CON-2033
Construction Contracts & 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-2063
Construction Economics & 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.

CON-1163
Project Risks & Procurement Management

In this course, the student explores project uncertainty management. First is the assessment of the level of uncertainty in a project. Next is an understanding of projects with processes that do not change significantly from one project to another (defined process control) and those with high uncertainty that have processes that adapt both the solution and the process to discover the solution as the project progresses (empirical process control). Also, the student explores when and how to blend the two approaches to fit the situation when required. Two related planning areas are examined; risk and procurement management. Risk management planning includes identifying and analyzing risk and developing risk response plans. Procurement management planning involves acquiring goods and services from external organizations. In each case, the level of uncertainty and the factors that drive uncertainty in the project environment must be assessed to determine the appropriate approach to management.

CON-1143
Resource, Schedule & Cost

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.

CON-2183
Executing & Monitoring

CPL-1049
Co-op 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-ops-placements

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CPL-5559
WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project is aimed at enriching students by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject-matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus of the WIL Project is to make connections between study and industry by engaging students in relevant and meaningful activities that are connected to and practiced within the professional workplace. WIL Project allows students to enhance and strengthen their employability prospects post-graduation by fine tuning skills and knowledge and meeting the expectations of 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.

Co-op Eligibility & WIL Project Fee

In order to be eligible to secure an approved full-time co-op work term (CPL-1049), students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and complete all the co-op eligibility requirements. Failing to do so will require students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost.

Contact

Centre for Global Engagement

LAMBTON COLLEGE SARNIA

1457 London Road

Sarnia ON, N7S 6K4

After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

Construction student wearing hard hat working outside.

Construction Project Managers specifically may find employment as:

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

 

Looking for Support After Graduation?

The International Graduate Services & Support Centre (GSSC) is a place dedicated to assisting International alumni as they seek employment and settle into Canadian life following graduation.

Co-op

About Co-op

Students in this program have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by applying classroom learning during co-op experiences.

Learn more about co-op terms and the roles and responsibilities of students and co-op advisors.

More Information

Student Responsibilities

  • Course and program delivery schedules are proposed and subject to change for each intake.
  • Students are required to bring their own laptop with wireless capability.
  • Students are advised to bring an official copy of their most recent police clearance, driver's license, and vaccination record from their home country.
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Technology Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)

Software

To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.