CSM Graduating Class of 2011
As the largest single industry in the United States and one of the most important, construction offers unlimited opportunities to highly motivated and educated young men and women. With an overall retention rate of both undergraduate and graduate students during their time in the respective program of 92% and an overall placement rate of both baccalaureate and master degree graduates of 90 percent, Clemson's CSM undergraduate and graduate programs are the basis for a rewarding career in the various sectors of the construction industry. Graduates find opportunities in all sizes and types of construction companies as estimators, assistant project managers, construction contract representatives and even owners of their own company as well as allied professions such as building code officials, inspectors, and consultants. The average number of students graduating from the undergraduate program each year over the past five years is 55 and the graduate program is 5. Average starting salaries for both undergraduate and graduate students are based on many factors including the state of the economy and size, type and location of organization for which the graduate will be employed. Some of the graduates go on to obtain higher degrees in construction and related areas.
Many of the graduates find full time employment with the department’s Corporate Partner companies. Some of these companies include Acorn Industrial, Balfour Beatty Construction, Bonitz Contracting Co., Brasfield & Gorrie, Choate Construction Co., Coakley & Williams Construction Inc., DPR Construction, Fairview Builders LLC, Fluor Corporation, Holder Construction Co., KBR Building Group, Kiewit, Metromont, Patuxent Co., Robins and Morton, Rodgers Builders, FJ Sciame Construction Co., Sloan Construction Co., Thompson Construction Group, Turner Construction Co., Waldrop Mechanical Services, WBG Mechanical Contractors and Engineers and AJ Bright Construction LLC.
All academic units on campus, including ours, are facing budget cuts over the next two to three years because of shrinking state university support. This amounts to over $100,000 for our Department and is not a onetime cut but a permanent one.
How can you help? If you are not already doing so, please make a manageable annual donation to the Clemson University Fund earmarked for the Department of Construction Science and Management. You may make a secure online gift at www.clemson.edu/isupportcu, click "other" on the drop down menu and complete this Department name on the special designation line, or phone 864-656-5896. Any amount is appreciated and will help the department offset these future budget cuts as well as count in the University's continuing fund raising efforts.