College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Paul Weber, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This research paper examines the affect technology has had on the desire for college graduates to pursue a career in the field. The idea of college graduates entering directly into a field leadership position was contemplated and discussed. Historically, soft skills such as leadership and communication have been the predominate attributes of any worker expected to run construction in the field. While the importance of these skills hasn’t changed, the importance of technological skills has increased to be considered alongside soft skills. Through an anonymous survey of industry professionals with 10+ years of experience as well as interviews of two lifelong builders, it was determined that rapidly evolving construction software continues to play an increasingly vital role in the construction process. Knowing how to use these programs to create schedules, manage people and materials, predict costs, and create models has become a mandatory part of a resume in construction. This dynamic balance between the people skills and technological skills required for effective management in the field demonstrates the complexity of the construction industry. A majority of respondents agreed that the need for technological skills will continue to increase as jobsites transition to progressively include the latest technology.

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