Construction Project Management is a two year educational program for individuals currently employed in the field. Classes are taught Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5pm-9pm. The next semester will begin Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Mechanics Institute will begin accepting applications for the Fall semester on May 1. Due to unprecedented interest in the program, the School Committee has created a more selective application process. All Construction Project Management will be required to submit an essay along with their applications. The deadline for all required materials will be Friday, July 7th. The School Committee will then review applications and select the incoming class. 

Application Package must include:

Fall 2017 Construction Project Management Application
Fall 2017 Construction Project Management Essay Topic
-Letter from employer confirming employment in Construction and Building Industry.
-Photo ID
-Copy of either high school diploma, GED or college transcript
Mechanics Institute will not be accepting payment until the final class has been chosen.

Please submit applications to [email protected] with email subject line “First Name Last Name Construction Project Management Application” 


Construction Administration
Construction Methods & Materials
Blueprint Reading
Project Scheduling
Contract Documents
International Building Code

Construction Administration The educational objective of this course is to understand how construction activities are properly managed and executed in order to achieve successful projects. As a result of new building technologies and evolving construction practices, managing construction is becoming increasingly complex. Topics include bidding and contract award process, quality control, shop drawings, field conditions and change orders, as well as understanding construction contracts, disputes and labor relations. Students will work on and prepare real-world documents and contract forms to develop a construction administration portfolio.

Construction Methods & Materials The educational objective of this course is to introduce students to various materials used in construction, with an understanding of how they are used and installed. The course will follow the construction of a building starting with the foundation, through structure, finishes, and final completion. Students will gain a complete understanding of how buildings stand up and also provide safe, healthy environments for occupants. Students will learn proper construction terminology, code requirements, history and performance of materials, and basic architectural-engineering principles.

Blueprint Reading The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to the skills of understanding and reading architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical construction drawings, and to coordinate the information represented by each type of drawing.

Estimating For Building Construction The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to estimating for the general construction trades. Major trades covered in class work are excavating, concrete, masonry, carpentry and plastering. Construction Procedures and trade practices are reviewed. Methods of taking off quantities from Construction Document Drawing and of organizing data are described. Typical problems and homework are analyzed in class. The general approach emphasizes the logical separation of material quantities and work operation, and is applicable to all construction trades.

Project Scheduling The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to the scheduling aspects of a construction project. The student will learn how to create the initial timing schedule. Topics include scheduling of resources, costs, and personnel/labor. Using manual calculations to develop the schedule will provide the student with background and analysis prior to devoting time and effort to the actual scheduling.

Contract Documents The educational objective of this course is to introduce the student to an understanding of the Nature of Contracts. Course includes lectures on the bidding for and negotiating of construction contracts, contract administration, as well as handling claims and disputes, changes in the work of contracts, and completion of contracts and payments.

Sustainability The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a detailed overview of sustainable, or “green”, architecture, allowing him to understand the roles of the designer, builder, and manager in the process. The course balances the theoretical with the practical and presents its topics in a manner that is equally relevant to architects, engineers, interior designers, and construction protect managers.

International Building Code The educational objective of this course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the 2015 International Building Code. Students will learn how the code was developed and how it is used, as well as how it applies to design an construction. Upon course completion, students will have an understanding of the relationship between codes and practice in areas of design and construction.