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How to break into construction management and what are the qualifications companies looking for?


Wen Lin Leesburg, VA

Hi Everyone,

After spending 11 yrs in the Navy and working for various large defense companies, I'm interested in breaking into construction management (specifically assistant PM, project engineer, or estimating) for a General or Electrical contractor in the Southern California region. I was wondering what quals are they looking for? Would love to hear some insights from the folks in the industry. I have an electrical engineering degree, a MBA from USC, and a PMP cert from San Diego State University. Thanks

Fight On!

2 October 2019 3 replies Career Exploration



ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Wen,

Thanks for your question. I have found a few resources that may be useful as you consider construction management:

How to Get Into Construction Project Management? ( gives a comprehensive overview of what that role entails.

Careers in Construction Management ( identifies some skills that a career in construction management utilizes.

I also did a search on ONet Online ( which is a great resource for career exploration.

Additionally, I would highly recommend exploring the Community part of ACP AdvisorNet and reach out to Advisors that have backgrounds in Manufactoring and Construction (

I hope this helps, Wen. Thank you for your service.

ACP Operations Associate

4 October 2019 Helpful answer


Walter Marquardt Port Saint Lucie, FL

With your qualifications, you might want to look at client development or project controls.


Wen Lin Leesburg, VA


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