Construction Students
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) 

Do you want to be part of an exciting career field with consistently high demand for qualified job applicants?  Learn the necessary skills to enter or advance within the construction industry.  Experience the satisfaction of knowing you are providing an essential service to the local community and see the tangible results of your efforts.  Participants in City College’s Construction Management Program will learn how to take construction projects from the planning stages through to successful completion.  You will even be involved with building a tiny home right here on campus! 

In the one-year certificate Construction Technology program, students will learn the basics of home construction including framing, roofing, siding, drywall, painting, and trim carpentry through hands-on experience in our construction lab.  This technical training will be combined with classroom instruction in essential business management and project planning skills including accounting, entrepreneurship, blueprint reading, estimating, and other basic aspects of construction project management. 

Our two-year associates degree in Construction Management provides an opportunity for students to explore deeper into more advanced project management.  Second year provides an opportunity for students to build upon their technical skills with advanced instruction in business management, project planning and coordination, and construction estimating.  The combination of these skills will prepare students for advancement from the front lines of home construction into management positions and can also provide a pathway to successful small business ownership.

Launch your construction management career at City College!

Construction Management - Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

 This program will cost about $9,549* based on current tuition and fees. 

Construction Management - Certificate of Applied Science (CAS)

This program will cost about $4,714* based on current tuition and fees.

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*Estimate is in-state tuition for a Montana resident. Tuition and fees are subject to change and do not include books, housing, or supplies. Check program tools.

Detailed Cost Information 

Construction - Carpenters

Median Wage (MT)** $39,900 yearly
  $19.18 per hour

Median Wage (US)** $43,600 yearly

$20.96 per hour

Expected growth (MT)**  29%
Expected growth (US)**  6%


 Construction - Managers

Median Wage (MT)** $76,460 yearly

$36.76 per hour

Median Wage (US)**  $89,300

Expected growth (MT)**  2%
Expected growth (US)**  11%

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau; (projections through 2024)

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As a graduate of our Construction Management program, you will find employment in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Carpenter or Construction Foreperson
  • Construction Estimator or Project Manager
  • Construction- related Business Owner
  • Construction General Contractor or Specialty Contractor 
  • Building Material Supplier


  • First-time college students must have high school diplomas from an accredited high school, a GED/HiSET, or passed the MSUB Readiness Exam offered through our university.
  • Transfer students will need to submit records from all regionally accredited institutions.
 Montana State University Billings is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


A student may exit this program after completing two semesters and receive a Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in Construction Management. If you are looking to further develop your skills and increase your familiarity with project management, business communication and networking, and residential building codes, City College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) Construction Management.

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Students who earn an AAS degree and want to further their education, and thus their career, can continue on for a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree through MSU Billings. Students can focus on various thematic concentrations to earn the BAS degree.  Contact the MSU Billings Advising & Career Services Office at 406-657-2240 for further details.

Q: What are some of the skills covered in the program?
A:  Upon program completion, students will learn:          

  • How to operate a variety of construction-related hand and power tools.
  • How to read blueprints and elevations, and build a structure from those plans.
  • How to perform site layout tasks.
  • How to understand State of Montana Independent Contractor Requirements.
  • How to identify and apply IRC Building Codes.
  • How to install doors, windows, interior and exterior trim, roofing, siding, and drywall.
  • The basic skills needed for construction-related small business ownership.

Q: Is this program hands-on?
A:  Yes! The majority of your time in the program is spent working hands-on in our construction lab or off-site projects. In addition, our program contains core construction classroom work to help build a strong foundation for how the industry works and some general education and business courses to help land your dream job and continue growing within your field.

Q: Do I have to purchase my own tools?
A: It is recommended that students have a selection of basic carpentry tools for the Construction Management program.  However, most larger and more expensive tools will be provided by City College.  Please visit the Tool Room Website for more information on tool requirements.

Q: When can I start the program?
A:  The core construction classes begin in the fall semester of each year.  However, for a student looking to get a head start on the program, the general education courses and a limited number of management courses are available in the spring and summer.

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