Building Better Managers: San Jacinto College Construction Management

The construction management technology program at San Jacinto College offers students the chance to work in the booming commercial and industrial construction industry. For alumnus Paul Bain, the program offered a second chance at finding his dream career.

“I spent ten years as a public relations professional, working for companies and on my own,” Bain said. “I wasn’t happy and I knew I had a knack for project management. San Jac was the perfect choice for me to change my career trajectory in a fiscally responsible and expedient way.”

Before applying to San Jacinto College, Bain visited Jon Greene, professor of construction management at the North Campus to talk about his options.

“I knew there were a few fields where project management is utilized the most; tech, oil and gas and construction,” Bain said. “I didn’t think construction management was an option without a four-year degree. Jon was truly interested in advising me and guiding me through the process.”

Greene, a retired civil engineer with 40 years of experience in construction and project management strives to teach students all aspects of the construction industry and the projected job outcomes. In addition to a project manager, students can also work as an estimator, scheduler or any other junior level member of management.

“At San Jacinto College, we provide students a bigger picture of what the construction industry is including trades that do the labor like welding and electrical, to the trades that manage the labor like construction management,” said Jon Greene, professor of construction management. “It’s my job to teach the construction managers the hard and soft skills they need to be successful from day one in the management team.”

During his time as a student, Bain also worked as an intern for Tellepsen during their work on the Lehr Library and the North Campus.

“I was walking to class one day and I saw a Tellepsen sign go up on some new construction,” Bain said. “I asked Jon if they might need an intern and he encouraged me to find out. I walked across the street, right into the construction trailer and asked for an internship. They gave me the job and I spent the rest of my semester learning construction hands-on.”

Bain, who has now worked for Tellepsen for five years as an estimator has established a formal intership program with the company. Many of his interns are still work on San Jacinto College construction projects today.

“Our interns are on their site nine out of 10 days,” Bain said. “On that 10th day, we take them to see different construction sites. We want to expose our students to as much construction as possible.”

The program offered at the San Jacinto College North Campus, allows students to participate in the conceptual development and organization of a construction project, pricing and procurement, cost scheduling, and the overseeing of its organization, estimating, scheduling, and the implementation of the project. Students will enter the construction industry and work in either industrial, commercial, residential, or heave civil construction.

“What I love about the program at San Jacinto College is that the philosophy of what it means to be a leader is emphasized throughout the program,” Bain said. “Beyond the textbook, the program specifically spends time on making sure students understand the essence of what is being accomplished. Not just this is the code, learn it. But also, why is this code in place and how do you explain it to others.”

To learn more about the construction management technology program at San Jacinto College, visit www.sanjac.edu/construction-management-technology.

 

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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