College of Architecture and Environmental Design


Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management




Thomas F. Kommer, Phil Barlow


The current Cal Poly Construction Management curriculum covers nearly all areas of the construction industry with a wide range of materials along with how, where and why they are used. However, no class is specifically geared towards educating students to learn about the tools and equipment that are required to complete most of the jobs in these industries. By offering a technical elective course that allows students to not only visualize but recognize what tools and pieces of equipment are most effective and acceptable for various applications, we can enable students to further understand issues of constructability and safety on jobsites. This paper will analyze student intellect about both basic and specialized forms of equipment utilized on projects, why that knowledge is important and what should be done to ensure new graduates are well-versed in this area of construction.