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The Engineering and Construction Project Management Certificate is a 12 credit hour graduate certificate program offered through the School of Computing and Engineering. Engineering and construction companies are increasingly requiring project management skills for those who hold technical degrees to successfully complete projects and to be promoted in their organizations. The graduate certificate program is designed to meet this need and enable students to learn higher-level project management skills that are critical to the successful planning and completion of construction projects. This graduate certificate is intended for post-Baccalaureate professionals working in the Kansas City area in engineering, construction, management, and related positions. A minimum of 12 credit hours at the 5500-level or above is required, and students must maintain 3.0 graduate grade point average (GPA) while enrolled.

Core Classes (Required)
9 Credit Hours

  • Project Management of Design and Construction - Fall 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Project Finance - Spring 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Contracts and Law for Engineers - Fall 2012, 2013, 2014**
  • Construction Law - Spring 2012, 2013**
  • **Students must take either Contracts and Law for Engineers or Construction Law as part of their required classes.

Approved Electives (Choose One)
3 Credit Hours

  • Capital Project Delivery Methods - Spring 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Engineering Leadership & Ethics - Fall 2013, 2015
  • Environmental Compliance, Auditing & Permitting - Spring 2012, 2013
  • Green Building & Sustainable Infrastructure - Spring 2013, 2015
  • Construction Planning & Scheduling - Fall 2012, 2014
  • Construction Methods & Equipment - Spring 2012, 2013, 2014

Admission Requirements

Either a baccalaureate degree in engineering or a baccalaureate degree in another field combined with construction-related work experience is required. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is required. Pre-program requirements may be specified in case the Bachelor’s degree is not in civil or mechanical engineering. Note: Students who have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and who complete the Engineering and Construction Project Management certificate courses may be eligible to have up to 12 credit hours applicable to the Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Construction Management.

The following documents are required for admission consideration

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework

In addition, a statement of purpose is required for admission.

CONDITIONAL admission may be granted when minimum GPA requirements are not met, however, other indicators promise applicant’s success in the program.

After admission, the student is required to meet with a faculty advisor.

Program Faculty

David Christianson, PE

David Christianson has extensive knowledge and experience in project management and he is the current CEO of Strategic Independent Consulting, LLC., which provides management consulting services to consumer owned utilities across the United States. Prior to his current position, Mr. Christianson worked at Burns & McDonnell for 28 years where his last position was the Vice President of Management Services. His work included feasibility studies, financing analyses and certifications, and cost and pricing studies. Mr. Christianson provided expert testimony before public service commissions as well as numerous presentations to municipal utility boards, city councils and rural electric cooperative boards. Mr. Christianson has an engineering physics degree from South Dakota University, an MBA from University of Missouri – Columbia, and he is a registered Professional Engineer

Ceki Halmen, Ph.D., PE

Ceki Halmen is an assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of UMKC. He has an MS in Construction Management and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining UMKC, Dr. Halmen worked at the Constructed Facilities Division of Texas Transportation Institute where he was involved with many state and federally funded projects. His research includes durability of construction materials and effect of new materials on constructability, design, specifications, construction methods, cost, and schedule of projects.

John Kevern, Ph.D., PE, LEED AP

John Kevern is an internationally recognized expert in the design and application of pervious concrete. His on-going research includes improving infrastructure durability, stormwater management, and material by-product reuse. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and MS and PhD degrees from Iowa State University in concrete materials. He has authored over 60 journal articles, papers, and reports and has been an invited presenter over 90 times and US and international conferences on sustainable infrastructure topics. In 2012 Dr. Kevern was recognized as one of the top five most influential people in the concrete industry for his work with pervious concrete. Dr. Kevern is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri.

Robert Lambrechts, PE

Robert Lambrechts is a partner with the national law firm of Lathrop & Gage LLP where he practices in the areas of intellectual property and environmental law. Bob is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Mechanical Engineering and is a graduate of St. Louis University where he earned a law degree. Bob has served as a robotics engineer with the Allied Signal Corporation and as an environmental engineer with the U.S. EPA. Bob is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri, is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas and is a licensed patent attorney.

Deb O'Bannon, Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE

Deb O'Bannon is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a registered professional engineer, and is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is currently on the Editorial Board for ASCE's Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. Deb is active in Kansas City affairs, having served for five years on the KCMO Wet-weather Community Panel. She hosted a weekly talk show about civil engineering on KCMO Talk Radio 710 for 2.5 years, titled "Building Kansas City". Dr. O’Bannon is a passionate leadership coach, having trained women faculty for leadership positions under a National Science Foundation grant, and regularly teaches/moderates a graduate-level class on Engineering Leadership.

Dennis A. Randolph, PE, PTOE, PTP

Dennis Randolph is the Director of Public Works of City of Grandview, MO and has over forty-years of civil engineering experience, with extensive experience in sewers and transportation facilities, material handling and fleet management. Mr. Randolph has a BS and MS in civil engineering from Wayne State University and has a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University. He has nearly 80 published papers and articles and received several personal and project awards from the American Public Works Association during his public works career.

Marc T. Richardson, PE

Marc Richardson is the Assistant General Counsel of Burns & McDonnell where his responsibilities include review, drafting, and negotiations of contracts for engineering, procurement, construction, and various consulting and technology related services. Mr. Richardson is also responsible for managing, through resolution, the prosecution or defense of claims regarding construction, professional liability, general liability claims, and intellectual property issues. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Richardson had 10 years’ experience in engineering and construction management, working in the areas of project controls and cost engineering of over one billion dollars of constructed projects.

Chuck Williams, PE, DBIA, PMP

Chuck Williams is an independent senior consultant providing project delivery and construction management services to owners, design firms, and constructors. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for AECOM / Earth Tech leading the firm’s design – build program for North America. Earlier, he was Chief Operating Officer for HDR Design-Build Inc., Department Manager for Water Business Construction Services at Black & Veatch, and served 20 years with Bechtel as Senior Project Manager for domestic and international infrastructure projects.