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May 15, 2013

NEW! Sustainable Construction Management Diploma

by okanagancollegesustainability

Applications are now being accepted for Okanagan College’s first intake of the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) diploma program, which starts this Fall, 2013 at the Penticton campus.

This innovative three-year diploma program is a reflection of significant changes that have taken place in the construction industry.

The SCMT diploma program is housed in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation – itself an example of sustainable building, and one that has been designed expressly for students to use as a living laboratory.

Start from the ground up

This three-year program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of what goes into large-scale project management, with training in the technical, business and interpersonal skills, emphasizing sustainable design principles.

First-year courses include:

  • Procurement process
  • Quantity surveying
  • Sustainable construction
  • Environmental impacts

From there students continue to develop these areas, while adding critical management skills in areas such as financial models, conflict resolution, and project delivery. Between semesters, students are encouraged to supplement their skills with co-op work terms in construction-related fields.

Okanagan College Students

Construct your future

From ports to pipelines and bridges to skyscrapers, graduates from the SCMT program will be able to take their skills around the country, and around the world in a wide range of careers, with employers that include construction companies, environmental engineering firms, and all levels of governments.

These skills can be applied to a wide range of careers including:

  • Site superintendent
  • General contractor or subcontractor
  • Field coordinator or quantity surveyor
  • Inspector or project manager

Don’t let industry wait

ECO Canada has listed project managers within green construction as a “hot job” in high demand, and the Globe Foundation’s 2010 report states that Green Building is the fastest growing sector of the construction industry growing by 6 per cent per annum.

“I have been encouraging Okanagan College to develop this program because there is a very real need for people with these skills and knowledge in our industry. We deal in large-scale municipal and civil projects, as well as heavy industrial projects. Our company – and our clients – will be eager for the graduates of this program.”

 ~ Gord Lindsay, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of North American Construction Ltd.

And companies that have already made a mark can see how much demand there is for project managers with a knowledge-based appreciation for sustainable practices.

“As someone working on the front lines of the industry, I can say there is a real need for this kind of program and for the kind of graduates it will produce.” 

~ Patrick Waunch, owner of Rambow Mechanical and past chair of the British Columbia Construction Association

School yourself in sustainability

For more details on the program and how to enrol, visit the Okanagan College Calendar.

Contact us

Michele McCready
Program Administrator


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