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This Major Rocks: Studying Concrete Industry Management at NJIT

Students in the Concrete Industry Management major visit the construction of the new World Trade Center site.

There are many reasons to major in Concrete Industry Management (CIM) 

First and foremost, there’s great demand for students trained in concrete technology and management. 

The seniors majoring in Concrete Industry Management (CIM) get multiple job offers, even before they graduate.

The students are offered managerial jobs with high starting salaries; they work in quality assurance and quality management, as plant mangers or lab supervisors

The CIM program has 100 percent job placement: Every CIM major is offered a job. 

The jobs the students get are interesting; they use cutting-edge technology and management techniques to build the buildings, roads, bridges of the 21st century.  Check out the CIM blog.

The concrete industry is changing rapidly, as green technologies revolutionize its products.

The CIM major itself is interesting: Students study concrete technology; how to manage people and systems; and how to promote products or services related to the concrete industry. See a slide show on the CIM major.

The eight core classes in the major focus on hand-on building projects, field visits and travel to conferences. See the CIM newsletter.

In their classes, CIM majors learn environmental building techniques:  how to make recyclable concrete; and how to make a porous concrete through which rain seeps into the groundwater, reducing storm water runoff. See video on green concrete.

The $200 billion concrete industry supports and funds the CIM major at NJIT; the industry offers students scholarships, internships and careers. Read about two CIM graduates.

All students in the major must work co-op jobs, so they graduate with valuable work experience. Read about another CIM graduate.

The construction industry, which employs 500,000 people, has an ageing workforce that needs to be replaced with young, well-educated professionals trained in technology and management.

Whereas thousands of universities offer engineering and management majors, only five universities in the U.S. offer a Construction Industry Management major; that’s why there’s a huge demand for CIM majors. 

(By Robert Florida, Office of Strategic Communications)