Work Experience Requirements

As noted in the Department of Construction Management Undergraduate catalog under Admission standards:

“The Department of Construction Management requires all construction management students to complete a minimum of 500 documented hours of construction work with state licensed general contractor, subcontractor, construction management company, or other approved employment. The work experience must be completed, submitted and approved prior to the final semester of study.”

The Work Experience requirement is shown in the Degree Audit of Degree Works for students enrolled under the Fall 2015 or later ECU undergraduate catalogs.  Students access their Degree Works audit from Pirate Port.  For more information about Degree Works see

Please use the Tabs on this page (immediately below the banner photo) to navigate through the Work Experience submission process.  Students are encouraged to begin this process as soon as applicable.

The documentation of work experience hours involves a two-step process:  Pre-Employment Submission and Post-Employment Submission.

Pre-employment Submission

Before beginning work, submit information detailing the tasks to be performed.  Step 1 will provide the student with guidance about how the experience is likely to be credited toward the 500 hours requirement.  However, since the work has not been completed yet, this step is for guidance only.  No experience credit is awarded through Step 1.

A faculty committee reviews the Pre-Employment Submission to determine the classification of the experience.  The classification affects how the experience would be credited toward the 500 hours requirement.  Students should provide a detailed description of their planned tasks when completing their Pre-Employment Submission.  Missing or vague information will delay processing.

Are you ready to complete the Pre-Employment Submission? If so, click on the button below:

Pre-Employment Submission Button

Post Employment Submission

As soon as the work experience concludes, students submit information detailing the tasks actually performed along with their employer’s information.  The information submitted will be shared with the employer during the verification process.  The CMGT department contacts the employer directly and requests verification.  Accurate company information is needed to ensure prompt processing.  Students should complete the Post-Employment Submission as soon as possible after completing the work hours, to avoid issue arising from personnel or company changes. 

Verification typically takes about four weeks to complete.  After verification of work experience hours is received from the employer, the student is informed of their status toward completing the 500 hours.  Once a minimum of 500 hours have been verified, the Work Experience requirement is logged as “complete” in the Degree Works audit. 

Undergraduates have not earned a BSCM degree until 500 hours of work experience has been completed and verified.

Are you ready to complete the Post-Employment Submission? If so, click on the button below:

Post Employment Submission Button


Can I submit my Post-Employment submission using the old paper form?

No.  Effective August 22, 2016, all work experience submissions must be done online through the submission links found on the CMGT webpage.  Paper form submissions will no longer be accepted to initiate the verification process.


Will the hours worked in construction while I was in high school count?

Typically no. Your experiences should build upon the CMGT curriculum content you have completed to date. 


Will the CMGT department place me with an employer for my work experience?

No. Although the CMGT department provides resources to help you find opportunities, securing a position to satisfy the required hours is the student’s responsibility.


What are some resources to help me find a position?

Construction employers actively recruit for interns during the university career fairs held each semester.  Students are advised to register with the ECU Career Center ( early in their first semester on campus.  During the fall career fair, employers typically seek to fill intern positions for the next year.  Often at the spring fair, employers have already filled their allocated intern positions based on the company's projected workload and personnel budget.


Will I be paid for the work experience?

Typically yes.  Most construction employers provide paid internship opportunities.  Some government agencies offer nonpaid internships that may count toward the work experience hours. 


What is the typical pay rate?

Pay rates vary from employer to employer and depend on several things such as the skill set of the student, whether the placement is a second or third position with the same company, the number of hours worked, and where the job is geographically located. 


Currently for summer 2016, the following salaries are being reported:

16% of students report a salary less than $400/week

47% of students report a salary between $400-$500/week

13% of students report a salary between $500-$600/week

16% of students report a salary between $600-$700/week

8% of students report a salary over $700/week


Will my volunteer hours doing construction-related work count?

Some nonprofit charitable organizations offer volunteer opportunities that may meet up to 100 hours of the 500 hour requirement. Typically, this type of experience is used when a student is short just a few hours.  Approved volunteer work may add hours to those already completed so that the total reaches 500 hours.  For volunteer hours to be approved, both step 1 and 2 of the work experience process must be completed.


What about living arrangements during my internship?

Many employers understand the complications of short term housing and help their interns make housing arrangements.  Students should ask employers about such assistance when discussing internship opportunities.


How will my work experience be classified?

The types of tasks assigned to students during their work experiences will vary greatly.  Based on the detailed descriptions submitted by each student, their experiences will be classified into one of four categories:

·       MANAGEMENT experience.  Hours completed will count toward the 500 hours required.

·       TRADES experience.  Hours completed up to a maximum of 250 hours completed will count toward the 500 hours required.

·       LABOR experience.  Hours completed up to a maximum of 100 hours completed will count toward the 500 hours required.

·       CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER experience.  Hours completed up to a maximum of 100 hours completed will count toward the 500 hours required.

I already have my 500 hours verified. Should I still use the Work Experience process to record additional work hours?

Yes.  Please use the work experience submission process to record additional hours in excess of the 500 minimum.  This information is used for program review and accreditation purposes.  Recent graduates share that offers for permanent positions and the starting salaries are greatly influenced by the amount of work experience they completed before graduating.

Contact Information

Amy Taylor



CET Construction Management