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Construction Management

Construction projects are like big puzzles, with many different pieces. And Construction Managers and Site Supervisors are critical to ensure these pieces built on time and on budget. Study construction management and you’ll learn how to organise, manage and control a construction site. It’s the perfect preparation for projects that can involve hundreds of workers and millions of dollars of materials.

Explore your options

Unitec’s construction management programmes give you the skills and knowledge to plan and run building projects. You’ll learn how to put together a building programme, schedule activities on a construction site, and coordinate the supply of materials and machinery. It’s great preparation for a career as a site manager, construction manager or project manager.

Study construction management and you’ll also learn best practice for the industry. You’ll find out why quality management systems are important and become familiar with resource planning. Our programmes reflect current trends and legislation, which will give you the knowledge you need once you’re out in the workplace. We have integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes as part of our courses; you will learn the basics of BIM and VDC and how to apply them on construction management activities.

And if you’re already working in the industry, we can develop your skills in team leadership and complex problem-solving.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Construction 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in construction February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Construction Management) 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options available February or July
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management) 7 Domestic students: Full-time study for the first two years is recommended, part-time study options are also available as negotiated on a case-by-case basis. International students: 3 years full-time. Construction site manager, Project manager, Project planner, Property developer February or July
Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management 7 Full-time for 1 year (including 2 x 2-week block courses per semester). Part-time options available. Site manager, Project manager, Construction manager February or July

Industry contacts and opportunities

At Unitec, we are highly industry connected, this means that we understand what Kiwi businesses are looking for and guides our programme content to be up to date and future focused, as well as giving our students access to these partners and prospective employers, research expertise, sponsorship opportunities, and much more.

Thanks to our mentoring scheme with the New Zealand Institute of Building, our students in construction management get the opportunity to team-up with a senior construction manager for a year.  The New Zealand Institute of Building also sponsor a number of student awards each year.

Thank you to all our partners for your continued support.

  • Aspec
  • Aurecon
  • Beca
  • Fletcher
  • Hawkins Construction
  • Jasmax
  • Kalmar
  • New Zealand Institute of Building
  • NZStrong
  • Rider Bucknall Levett
  • Stephenson & Turner