Construction Industry Specialist (CIS)

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Construction Industry Specialist (CIS)

By: Melanie A. Myers

ISBN: 978-1-939877-07-9

This comprehensive introductory look at the construction industry will prepare the participant for further training and educational opportunities needed in the various construction career pathways.

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The Industry & career pathways

  • Construction industry sectors
  • Economics
  • Perceptions
  • Essential Construction Employment Skills
  • Career Options and Pathways
  • Resume Preparation and Interviewing Skills.


The Project Manual

The student will explore the logistics of the construction project manual and the technical and performance specifications including the usage of the Construction Specifications Institute’sMASTERFORMAT®

Estimating and Bidding Techniques

  • How contractors find projects to bid
  • Material analysis
  • Types of bids and how they are selected
  • The creation of subcontractor bid packages
  • Ethics in construction estimating

The Construction Process

The planning and scheduling of a construction project during each phase of construction:

  • Project development
  • Project design
  • Bidding & negotiating
  • Pre-Construction
  • Construction
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Project close-out Procedures
  • Green building practices

Project Team, Business Environments and Project Delivery

  • The various relationships between owner, contractor and design professional
  • Project delivery methods
  • Construction business types
  • Ethics and trade associations
  • Professional societies and institutes

Construction Drawings

The design process and how to interpret these types of construction drawings:

  • site
  • architectural
  • structural
  • plumbing
  • mechanical
  • fire sprinkler
  • electrical
  • Clash detection
  • Coordination

    Construction Administration

    The importance of maintaining project records and the various methods used to accomplish this task.

  • Common construction documentation
  • RFI’s
  • Daily logs
  • Time cards
  • Schedule of values
  • Change orders
  • The payment processes
  • Necessary close-out documentation and procedures

The Construction Contract

The various construction laws, contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders and how to avoiding claims and delays.


Pages: 366
Language: English
Publisher: NAWIC Education Foundation
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Melanie A. Myers

Holds a Master of Science in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University and is a Project Manager for Planning, Design and Construction at St. Joseph Mercy Health System. Prior to her current position, she was the Construction Management Program Coordinator for Oakland Community College (OCC) in Farmington Hills, Michigan where she managed and wrote construction management curricula while advocating, advising and teaching students on current educational and career opportunities in construction. Prior to OCC, she was a Lecturer at Eastern Michigan University teaching undergraduate and graduate level construction management courses. Her early industry experience includes a position as a construction material testing technician and then project manager for two different southeast Michigan contractors. Her years of field experience inspired her to educate others wanting to enter the construction workforce. Her love of the industry pulled her back into the field. She is a member of the NAWIC Lansing, Michigan Chapter #177, Past Region 4 Director 2010-2012, NEF Trustee since 2010 and NEF Secretary-Elect for 2013-2014. She helps to carry out the association’s goal of enhancing the success of women in construction by serving NEF her chapter, region and national activities. It is through her involvement in NAWIC that she is also lead the Michigan Construction Career Days event from 2008-2014 and other various construction career exploration events.

Home Town: Marshall, Michigan
Education: Eastern Michigan University MS- Construction Management