The ring of hammers and nails are heard throughout the construction site as construction management students work hard under the direction of John Youngberg, associate professor in the Technology Department. After three years of work, the duplex owned by Southern Adventist University is nearly complete.
Students appreciate this unique opportunity to learn hand-on.
“It’s nice to be able to work with professionals in different trades as we build the house and see their expertise,” says Kirk Shoemaker, sophomore construction management major.
The construction management major is an associate's program developed to help students become general contractors. As part of the program, students are required to participate in a building project that spans two years. During this time they learn how everything works, from pouring of concrete to installing electrical wiring. The skills they acquire prepare them for leadership jobs in construction.
“By taking this course I will be able to build myself a house. It is good knowledge to have,” says Andrew Fisher, junior construction management major. “I am already helping my parents make repairs to their home.”
When the construction management program began three years ago, students helped build the first unit of the duplex. The program was then reorganized so house construction was divided into a two-year cycle. Last school year, students completed work on the exterior of the second unit. This school year they finished the interior.
“My goal is to get young people excited about building for Christ,” says Youngberg. “I hope to see them working with mission-oriented organizations.”
Prior to coming to Southern, Youngberg worked with Maranatha, and , Adventist Health Systems building nursing homes. He has a passion for missions, where hopes to instill that passion in his students.
For more information about the construction management major at Southern, visit www.southern.edu/construction.