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Pre-Construction Planning Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Build a better future in construction.

Our 12-credit certificate in pre-construction planning will give you the skills to read plans and schematics, prepare bid estimates and track construction projects. You will learn about types and uses of construction materials, building methods, how to estimate material and labor and building subsystems. This certificate open the door to positions with design-build firms, lumberyards, general contractors and specialty trade contractors.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Visualize structures based on drawings or sketches.
  • Love being outdoors.
  • Enjoy working with a variety of people.
  • Like new challenges that come with each building project.

Career Opportunities

  • Cost estimator
  • Materials buyer
  • Expeditor
  • Project planner
  • Site supervisor
  • Small business owner

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.