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Schools with Demolition Management Programs: How to Choose

Demolition management, sometimes referred to as reconstruction management, is becoming a more recognized profession, thanks in part to increased interest in the environmental impact of demolition. While demolition management training programs are relatively rare, many schools offer construction management programs with relevant coursework. Read on to learn more.

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Students interested in demolition can pursue certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in construction management, some of which offer courses or specialized tracks in demolition management.

Schools with Construction Management Programs

The following universities and colleges all offer programs in construction or demolition management:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Types Tuition & Fees
(2015-2016)*
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,759 (in-state), $20,519 (out-of-state)
Colorado State University Pueblo, CO 4-year, Public Certificate $8,282 (in-state), $21,616 (out-of-state)
University of California-Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public Certificate $13,951 (in-state), $38,659 (out-of-state)
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Certificate $13,431 (in-state), $38,139 (out-of-state)
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA 2-year, Public Associate's $3,758 (in-state), $9,096 (out-of-state)
North Lake College Irving, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $1,770 (in-district), $3,330 (in-state), $5,220 (out-of-state)
Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,808 (in-state), $8,430 (out-of-state)
Florida International University Miami, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,556 (in-state), $18,954 (out-of-state)
Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,518 (in-state), $15,579 (out-of-state)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

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School Selection Criteria

Demolition management programs are often housed within a college or university's technology or engineering department. Some things to consider when choosing a demolition management training course:

  • Programs should be accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), which accredits associate's and bachelor's degree programs in the field.
  • Students should look for a school that offers a demolition management track, which provides more specialized training in demolition and reconstruction, covering topics like hazardous materials and issues related to historical properties.
  • Students should look for programs that provide on-site training, as work experience is a required part of most curricula. This gives students the opportunity to train in both managing a site and using the latest technology, which may help those in programs that don't have a demolition track.
  • Before selecting a program, students should consider how much time they want to spend in school and factor in their experience. A certificate program will take far less time to complete than a degree program, but industry experience may be required.

Certificate in Construction Management

Most certificate programs can be completed in under a year. These programs are best suited for someone who already has experience in the construction industry.

Associate of Science in Construction Management

These 2-year programs cover the basics of construction and management. Graduates of this program can begin as assistant managers and achieve higher positions as they increase their experience.

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

These programs are more in-depth than the associate degree program, and many offer sequences in areas like construction estimating. Many require a senior project and offer co-operative opportunities - both of which can be used by students to specialize in demolition management. Students take general education coursework that includes physics, calculus and geology.

To summarize, there are several options for students hoping to gain training in demolition management, including degrees in general construction management with specialization options in demolition. Certificates are also available, mainly to those working in the field.

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