Construction Management Leadership Institute

With federal funds supporting the construction of new roads, bridges and public infrastructure, construction managers are in high demand. In fact, of the more than 12,000 online job postings for the construction industry in Missouri from January 2022 to December 2022, 11.9 percent of the total industry job postings were for Construction Managers (MERIC). The Construction Management Leadership Institute is a 3-day intensive program jointly developed by the University of Missouri- Columbia’s College of Engineering and the Missouri Training Institute to launch the next generation forward in their construction careers.

The Leadership Institute is ideal for individuals working in heavy civil, commercial, or industrial construction looking to develop fundamental skills and knowledge to advance in their career. Leadership excellence is non-negotiable, and the Construction Management Leadership Institute will help you stay ahead on issues that directly impact the construction industry, arming you with the knowledge to adapt in a dynamic environment.

Program highlights

Institute participants will gain fundamental skills and knowledge in:

  • Global and Regional Workforce Trends
  • Leadership Best Practices
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Building and Leading Teams
  • Effective Communication
  • Construction Contracts
  • Estimating
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Construction Safety
  • Risk Management and Tort Liability

Who should attend?

  • Work in heavy civil, industrial, or commercial construction, for a general contractor or specialty-contracting firm, or in public works.
  • Currently have supervisory responsibilities or working towards supervisory role.

Professional development hours

Participants will be awarded 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). MU Extension will issue a digital badge and certificate.

Upcoming program dates

Wednesdays, February 7, 14 and 21 in Columbia, Missouri. Daily schedule from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Closing ceremony and networking reception on February 23.

Program instructors

Mizzou College of Engineering’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has a long history of graduating civil engineers who go on to design and construct smarter roads, buildings, and other infrastructure to improve communities. Construction management sessions will be facilitated by:

  • Dr. Carlos Sun, Director of the Construction Management Programs: Dr. Sun is a licensed attorney and professional engineer and has specialized in transportation and construction for over 30 years. His research areas include construction management, work zones safety, contracting, and legal issues.
  • Dr. James Ogechi Kereri, teaching assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Kereri has a Ph.D. in Engineering Science with a concentration in Construction Management. He previously worked as a construction manager with a five-year record of success overseeing all phases of multimillion-dollar construction of residential and commercial projects, as well as infrastructure and environmental projects for government and private-sector clients.

Missouri Training Institute (MTI) has provided customized training and consulting services to improve business performance and organizational effectiveness for public, private, and not-for-profit organizations for 40+ years. Leadership and supervisory sessions will be facilitated by:

  • Rae Lyon, Certified Professional Coach, ELI Master Practitioner, and Associate Director for the Missouri Training Institute (MTI). Rae has over 20 years of management, leadership, and training experience in the banking and finance, human resources, education, and marketing industries.
  • Dewey Thompson, director of the Missouri Training Institute. Dewey has trained thousands of public and private sector professionals across the country on change, leadership, management, coaching, teambuilding, customer service, and building effective workplace environments. He served as the lead facilitator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Excellence Network and is on the Central Missouri Workforce Investment Board.

Registration process

Registration for the Spring 2024 Institute closes Friday, January 5, 2024. Spots are limited. Enrollment fee of $1,550 collected at time of registration. 

Participants must include a letter of support from their employer in their registration. Note: If you are the chief executive of the firm, omit this requirement.

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