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A career path in professional quantity surveying or construction management offers fulfilling and rewarding opportunities – immediately and in the future. In summary:
In short, doing a degree in construction with either construction management major or quantity surveying major offers huge potential.
The construction industry is a significant contributor to any country’s economy. It is often used as a catalyst industry to spur further economic growth because it has a ‘multiplier’ or knock-on effect on the rest of the economy.
The New Zealand construction industry is likely to face acute shortages. Consider the following:
In any construction project (whether a building or civil engineering project) you would have a number of construction professionals involved in the project.
For building projects you may typically have the architects, civil and structural engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, and quantity surveyors. For major civil engineering projects you would have the civil engineers and quantity surveyors.
The architects and engineers are involved in designing these projects – making sure the design is aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.
The quantity surveyor is the financial expert of the whole project – preparing the feasibility studies, quantifying and measuring what is to be built from hard copy drawings or drawings in soft copy on computers and estimating how much it will cost, preparing budgets, preparing the tender documents to procure contractors or builders, preparing the contract, advising on all the legal aspects throughout the construction stages of the project, valuing the work done progressively and advising the client on how much should be paid to the builder progressively and finalizing the final accounts. The construction manager manages the whole construction project.
In order to do all the professional functions, the quantity surveyor must be educated to a high standard in a number of areas that may be clustered into 4 main areas:
Some quantity surveyors, after qualifying as a professional quantity surveyor, move on to other specialist areas such as the following:
Quantity surveyors may become specialists either through experience or expedite the process by doing a Masters degree such as the Massey University Master of Construction degree.
For admission enquiries and an enrolment package call 0800 Massey (0800 627 739) or visit http://study.massey.ac.nz
If you want to speak to a real person about the Bachelor of Construction degree programme details contact:
If you want to know about career opportunities in quantity surveying and construction management generally or the Master of Construction degree, contact:
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Last updated on Wednesday 04 January 2017