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Construction managers get the job done right, whether preparing new projects, managing budgets, overseeing work crews, or collaborating with planners and inspectors. Right now, the building trades are booming: the BLS expects these roles to grow 10% through 2026. That’s why we’ve created a job-focused degree program that gets you Day 1 Ready. And we mean ready: Our instructors are seasoned pros, equipping you with the skilled crafts for the jobsite and big-picture understanding of managing projects.

If you work in the building trades and hope to move into management, or are seeking to enter the industry, our accelerated construction management degree program helps you understand the demands of the role, and how to rise to meet them. You could earn your construction management associate degree in under 17 months*, and be ready for a variety construction jobs in El Paso, including:

  • Construction Companies
  • Roofing Companies
  • Bricklayers
  • Remodelers

This construction training program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t find at most construction college programs. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

When you’re versatile, you can take more jobs. Learn a variety of skills, including framing, concrete, brickwork, wiring, and plumbing, using the tools of the trade. Get a solid foundation in project management, building codes, and safety practices. You’ll also learn how to study building codes, interpret plans and drawings, construction site techniques and layout, mechanical systems, and construction safety.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
November 15

Course Length: 17 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Construction Management program may seek employment in entry-level construction positions.

Potential Job Titles: Drywall Installer, Framer, Apprentice, Building Inspector, Construction Worker

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its trades programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course Title Credits
Basic Craft Skills 6.5
Introduction To Construction * 6.5
Building Codes * 6.5
Construction Techniques * 6.5
Construction and Framing * 6.5
Construction Materials and Applications * 6.5
Construction Systems * 6.5
Sustainable Construction * 6.5
Business Operations 9
Project Management * 8
Introduction to College Mathematics 9
Introduction to Computer Science 4.5
Introduction to Psychology 4.5
English Composition I 4.5
English Composition II * 4.5

Basic Craft Skills


This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction To Construction


This course introduces students to the principles, equipment, and safety techniques utilized in the construction industry. Students will be exposed to personal protective equipment utilized in the modern construction industry and the use and installation of modern masonry material. Students will be introduced to materials that form various types of concrete as well as volume estimates and concrete forms, tools, equipment, and procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete, joints made in concrete structures, the use of joint sealants, and form removal procedures. Emphasizes on safety procedures for handling, placing, and finishing concrete are included in the raining. Reinforcement materials such as reinforcement bars, bar supports, and welded-wire fabric are discussed.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Building Codes


In this course, students will explore the scope of Building Codes, which are founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs. The course covers safety concepts, structural and fire and life safety provisions, egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, occupancy classifications, innovative construction technology, and industry standards in material design. Further, students work with OSHA 30 Safety Awareness Training.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction Techniques


Students learn historic and current methods and procedures used in the masonry trade. Discussions include brick and block manufacturing and types of brick and block that are currently used in various types of masonry construction. An overview of the basic safety practices and requirements found in the masonry trade are provided along with knowledge, skill, and ability requirements of a mason. Students learn basic bricklaying techniques and methods and procedures used in masonry unit installation including types of mortar to bond masonry units, and different types of patterns. Hands-on skill development in constructing “Wythe’s” and brick courses are also emphasized.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction and Framing


The purpose of this course is to provide information on materials and general methods used to construct floor systems with an emphasis on platform methods of floor framing. This course introduces students to materials and general procedures used in wall, ceiling and roof framing as well as procedures for laying out rafters for gable roofs, hip roofs, and valley intersections.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction Materials and Applications


In this course, students learn the common materials used in residential and light commercial roofing which includes shingles, roll roofing, shakes, tiles, and metal and membrane roofs, as well as the selection and installation of roof vents. Safety practices and application methods for these various materials are discussed. The course also covers the types of exterior siding used in residential construction including wood, metal, vinyl, and cement board siding, and proper installation procedures. In addition, students are introduced to the materials and methods used to construct interior and exterior wooden stairs.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Construction Systems


This course introduces the students to the safety rules and regulations for electricians, including the necessary precautions for avoiding various job site hazards. Students are also introduced to the various types of devices and installation procedures used in residential wiring. Students work with the factors that influence DWV system design and how different types of drains, fittings, vents, and pipes are used to move waste out of a building. Students are introduced as well to the various types of materials, schedules, and applications of plastic piping. Further, they practice determining the appropriate types of fittings, valves, hangers, and supports needed for plastic piping. This course also covers the materials, and properties of copper piping, fittings, and valves.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Sustainable Construction


This course provides fundamental instruction in the green environment, green construction practices, and green building rating systems. Exercises on calculating a carbon footprint and worksheets on inventorying household and product impacts are utilized in the course. Students will learn and understand the fundamental concepts of sustainable design and green building practices.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Business Operations


This course provides a fundamental understanding of the concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, human resources, motivating employees, ethics and social responsibility. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Project Management


Students build on their knowledge of business by analyzing the essential aspects of project management. Students will explore project management topics such as modern practices in project management, planning, budgeting, scheduling, leadership, teamwork, and project management information systems. Students will address business organizational systems and communication, as well as evaluate employee selection processes and methods for managing employee success.

8 credits
70 theory hours
20 lab hours

Introduction to College Mathematics


Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Computer Science


This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology


This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I


This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II


This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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