Aug 2, 2012    #095
Contact: John Martellaro

UMKC to Offer Certificate in Engineering and Construction Project Management

School of Computing and Engineering will offer 12-credit-hour, graduate-level Continuing Education certification for working professionals

Working professionals in engineering and construction can now earn a graduate-level Certificate in Engineering and Construction Project Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The 12-credit-hour graduate certificate is offered through the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering . The certificate program is designed to cover the key areas critical to the successful planning and completion of construction projects.

"Construction and engineering companies are increasingly emphasizing project management skills for those who hold technical degrees," said Kevin Truman, Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering. "With this program, working professionals can add to their skill sets and become better positioned to be successful in their organizations."

Students in the program will attend convenient evening classes taught by an expert faculty of professional engineers, bringing the most up-to-date experience into the classroom. Engineers successfully completing graduate certificate courses may be eligible to have credits applied toward a Master of Civil Engineering degree.

Truman said the new certificate program was developed to respond to market demand, as illustrated by both long-term and short-term employment projections by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC). For example, from 2008-2018, engineering manager positions are projected to increase by more than 4 percent; for construction managers, a 13 percent increase; for civil engineers, over a 19 percent increase.

"We expect this program to attract a range of engineering professionals - not only civil and construction, but mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, architecture, and other closely-related professions," Truman said. "Many full-time working professionals are unwilling or unable to commit to a Master's program. The Graduate Certificate option will enable those working in the engineering industry, who typically hold full-time jobs, to pursue a Graduate Certificate in an area that has increasing demand in the job market."

Professionals seeking more information or wishing to enroll for the fall semester should contact Christina S. Davis, Director of Continuing Education, at 816-235-1262 or Prospective students can also apply online at

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

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