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    MTSU includes business classes in Concrete Industry Management
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    Charles Sowers ('11')
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    U.S. Concrete in Houston, Texas
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    The concrete industry counts on MTSU to produce graduates needed in the field
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    Heather Brown, researcher and department chair, shows a piece of pervious concrete

Concrete Industry Management

A joint initiative between MTSU and leaders from the concrete industry, the Concrete Industry Management program provides students opportunities to enter a broad field that has an urgent need for skilled professionals. Changing to meet a need, MTSU is the first university to integrate a technical education in concrete with business and communication skills needed to advance in the industry.

American Concrete Institute

A mix of networking and fun

MTSU's American Concrete Institute (ACI) student chapter hosts guest speakers and visits plants, job sites, and industry functions. Members coordinate actual concrete placements for community services projects. The ACI student chapter also participates in different events, such as the ACI Cube competition and the ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition.

The MTSU Concrete Industry Management program is one of a kind.

It pays to be unique...

Since the Concrete Industry Management program is one of a kind, some out-of-state students can apply to enroll in qualifying programs on an in-state tuition basis, thanks to the Academic Common Market (ACM). This option is currently open to students from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Even with the recent recession's impact on building industries worldwide, CIM graduates enjoy a robust employment and retention rate. Examples include

  • Building cost estimator
  • Building/construction inspector
  • Building manager
  • Concrete specialist
  • Construction worker
  • Field engineer
  • General contractor
  • Home builder
  • Manufacturer's field representative
  • Marketing representative (for concrete industry)
  • Planner
  • Production manager
  • Purchasing manager
  • Quality control technician
  • Technical sales representative


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bell & Associates
  • Batten & Shaw
  • Cemex
  • Chaney Enterprises
  • Irving Materials Inc. (IMI)
  • Kiewit
  • Lithko Contracting
  • Maschmeyer Concrete
  • McCarthy Concrete
  • Oldcastle
  • Rinker Materials
  • S&ME
  • Turner Construction
  • Vector Group
  • Vulcan Materials

 

Ayaz Ahmed
Associate Professor
ayaz.ahmed@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5715
Office | Room 114, Voorhies Engineering Technology (VET)
Mail | MTSU Box 24, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University (1991)
B.S.E.E., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1989)
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Dr. Heather Brown
Department Chair | Professor
heather.brown@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8060
Mail | MTSU Box 24, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Specialties
Excavatable flowable fill
Factors affecting concrete strength
Fiber reinforced concrete
High performance concrete
Masonry inspection
Pervious Pavements
Skid resistant aggregates
Whitetopping pavements

Degree Information
Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University (2001)
M.S., Tennessee Technological University (1998)
B.S., Tennessee Technological University (1997)
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Joseph Fulks
Associate Professor
joseph.fulks@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8785 
Office | Room 203B, Midgett Building (MGB)
Mail | MTSU Box 19, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A.E., Murray State University, KY (1971)
B.S., University of Tennessee, Martin (1969)
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Dr. Marcus Knight
Associate Professor
marcus.knight@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8669
Office | Room 143, Voorhies Engineering Technology Building (VET)
Mail | MTSU Box 19, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, TN (2007)
M.S., Tennessee Tech University (1998)
B.S., Tennessee Tech University (1995)
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Dr. Zhifu Yang
Associate Professor
zhifu.yang@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7609
Office | Room 172, Voorhies Engineering Technology (VET)
Mail | MTSU Box 19, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Purdue University, Main Campus, IN (2004)
M.S., University of Science and Technology of Chi (1992)
B.S., University of Science and Technology of Chi (1989)
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Students in the CIM program can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S. degree) in Concrete Industry Management with concentrations in one of two areas: Concrete Contracting or Production, Sales, and Service.

Graduate students can pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A. degree) in Concrete Industry Management with 5 years of work experience required (degree offered in conjunction with the College of Business).

Concrete Contracting Concrete Production, Sales, and Service

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Concrete Industry Management–Concrete Contracting Academic Map

Department of Concrete Industry Management
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule with Business Administration Minor

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or MATH 1730 (Math)3–4MATH 1730 strongly recommended CHEM 1010/1011 or
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4Req. before additional CIM courses
GEOL 1030/1031 or
GEOL 1040/1041 (Nat Sci) 4  ET 1840 or SPAN 10103
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  CSCI 11503 
CIM 10101  CIM 10501Offered online only
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL14 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec.
PSY 3020, QM 2610, or MATH 15303  CIM 20502 
CIM 30004  CIM 30503 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  CIM 30703 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
ACTG 3000*3  CIM 30803Offered spring only
MGMT 3610*3  CIM 32003 
MKT 3820*3  CIM 40301 
CIM 30603  ET 44203 
CIM 31003  FIN 3000 or FIN 3010*3Prereq: See catalog
CIM 33002Taken semester
internship obtained Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec.
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL16 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ET 49153  CIM 40103Offered spring only
CIM 40703Offered fall only CIM 42002Taken final semester with CIM 4910
CIM 41003Offered fall only CIM 49103Taken final semester with CIM 4200
CIM 41503  BLAW 3400*3 
ENGL 3605 or ENGL 36203  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 
*2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor *2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or MATH 1730 (Math)3–4MATH 1730 strongly recommended CHEM 1010/1011 or CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)3Req. before additional CIM courses
GEOL 1030/1031 or GEOL 1040/1041 (Nat Sci)4  ET 1840 or SPAN 10103
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  CSCI 11503 
CIM 10101  CIM 10501 
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec.
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
PSY 3020, QM 2610 or MATH 15303  CIM 20502 
CIM 30004  CIM 30503 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  CIM 30703 
    Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec.
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR SUMMER
ACTG 3000*3  ENGL 3605 or ENGL 36203 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
MGMT 3610*3  CIM 30803Offered spring only
MKT 3820*3  CIM 32003 
CIM 30603  CIM 40301 
CIM 31003  ET 44203 
CIM 33002Taken semester
internship obtained FIN 3000 or FIN 3010*3Prereq: See catalog
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL13 
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ET 49153  CIM 40103Offered spring only
CIM 40703Offered fall only CIM 42002Taken last semester with CIM 4910
CIM 41003Offered fall only CIM 49103Taken last semester with CIM 4200
CIM 41503  BLAW 3400*3 
    Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL14 
*2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor *2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Concrete Industry Management–Production, Sales, and Service Academic Map

Department of Concrete Industry Management
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

Freshman Fall Freshman Spring
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or MATH 1730 (Math)3–4MATH 1730 strongly recommended CHEM 1010/1011 or
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4Req. before additional CIM courses
GEOL 1030/1031 or
GEOL 1040/1041 (Nat Sci) 4  ET 18403
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  CSCI 11503 
CIM 10101  CIM 10501Offered online only
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL14 
Sophomore Fall Sophomore Spring
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
PSY 3020, QM 2610, or MATH 15303  CIM 20502 
CIM 30004  CIM 30503 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec. ET 44203 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL14 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
ACTG 3000*3  BLAW 3400*3 
MGMT 3610*3  CIM 40503 
MKT 3820*3  CIM 40301 
CIM 30603  ENGL 3605 or ENGL 36203 
CIM 31003  FIN 3000 or FIN 3010*3Prereq: See catalog
CIM 33002Taken semester
internship obtained Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec.
SUBTOTAL17  SUBTOTAL16 
*2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor *2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ET 39103  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
CIM 40603  CIM 42002Taken final semester with CIM 4910
CIM 41503  CIM 49103Taken final semester with CIM 4200
Cognate course3See PSS cognates list Cognate course3See PSS cognates list
Cognate course3See PSS cognates list Cognate curse3See PSS cognates list
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or MATH 1730 (Math)3MATH 1730 strongly recommended CHEM 1010/1011 or
CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)4Req. before additional CIM courses
GEOL 1030/1031 or 
GEOL 1040/1041 (Nat Sci)4  ET 18403
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  CSCI 11503 
CIM 10101  CIM 10501Offered online only
SUBTOTAL14–15  SUBTOTAL14 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or 
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
PSY 3020, QM 2610, or MATH 15303  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
CIM 30004  CIM 20502 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec. CIM 30503 
    ET 44203 
SUBTOTAL13  SUBTOTAL14 
JUNIOR SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  ACTG 3000*3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
Junior Fall Junior Spring
MGMT 3610*3  BLAW 3400*3 
MKT 3820*3  CIM 40503 
CIM 30603  CIM 40301 
CIM 31003  ENGL 3605 or ENGL 36203 
CIM 33002Taken semester
internship obtained FIN 3000 or FIN 3010*3Prereq: See catalog
    Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2) PSY 1410 and/or ECON 2410 rec.
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
*2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor *2.00 GPA required in Business Administration minor
Senior Fall Senior Spring
ET 39103  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
CIM 40603  CIM 42002Taken final semester with CIM 4910
CIM 41503  CIM 49102Taken final semester with CIM 4200
Cognate course3See PSS cognates list Cognate course3See PSS cognates list
Cognate course3See PSS cognates list Cognate course3See PSS cognates list
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL14 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Concrete Industry Management

CIM 1010 - Introduction to the Concrete Industry
1 credit hour
Overview of the history, career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in the concrete industry. Introduction to the concrete industry management curriculum, instructional exceptions, and methodologies.

CIM 1050 - Blueprint Reading
1 credit hour
Provides a broad-based background in interpreting blueprints. Typical plans for both residential and commercial building reviewed.

CIM 2050 - Advanced Blueprint Reading
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 1050. Further develops the skills presented in CIM 1050.

CIM 3000 - Fundamentals of Concrete: Properties and Testing
4 credit hours
Prerequisites: CHEM 1010/CHEM 1011 or CHEM 1110/CHEM 1111; CIM 1010 or CMT 1000. Concrete testing, admixtures, placing, and finishing. Effects of concrete-making materials on properties of fresh and hardened concrete materials. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 3050 - Concrete Construction Methods
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3000 or CMT 1000. Forming and shoring, placing and reinforcing; transporting, placing, consolidating, finishing, jointing, and curing concrete for cast-in-place foundations, pavements, slabs on ground, structural frames, and other structural members; erecting precast concrete members; waterproofing concrete foundations.

CIM 3060 - Understanding the Concrete Construction System
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Detailed look at how the concrete construction industry works. Includes review of model building codes, building officials and their function, concrete industry codes and standards, concrete construction processes, quality assurance systems, contract documents, and concrete construction markets.

CIM 3070 - Site Planning, Layout, and Preparation
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:  CIM 1010 and General Education Math requirement. Activities required to successfully prepare a site for concrete work. Includes initial site investigation, surveying, groundwork, subbase preparation, and elevations. Exposes students to modern technological tools and methods such the use of GPS, EDM, and lasers. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 3080 - Formwork Design and Computerized Drafting
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Overview of costs and safety with regard to formwork selection, design, and construction. Reviews the various forming systems available and how they may be integrated for use in specific project circumstances. Includes a basic review of CAD drafting techniques and their applications.

CIM 3100 - Applications of Concrete Construction
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CIM 1050 and CIM 3050. Details many uses of concrete in the construction of buildings, pavements, and other facilities. Emphasis on the advantages, disadvantages, and unique problems faced by materials suppliers, contractors, and design professionals when concrete is chosen for specific applications.

CIM 3200 - Concrete Project Estimating
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 2050 and General Education Math Requirement. Project drawings to prepare both basic and detailed estimates. Activities include practice implementing the printreading, estimating, and other skills acquired using actual sets of finished drawings. Projects will become more complicated as the semester progresses and will include below-grade, flatwork, and above-grade examples.

CIM 3300 - Concrete Industry Internship
2 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Opportunity for students to gain supervised, practical work experience in their particular field of interest within the concrete industry. The student will be evaluated by his/her supervisor, and a final report will be submitted by the student detailing the internship experience.

CIM 3600 - Advanced Concrete Project Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3060. A continuation of the construction management concepts taught in CIM 3060. Emphasis on application of advanced project management concepts. A group activity involving management of a complex concrete construction project.

CIM 4010 - Design and Construction Issues
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3200. A review of concrete construction materials and their physical and mechanical properties. Special emphasis placed on the concepts of mechanics of materials and resolving design/construction mismatches.

CIM 4030 - Issues in the Concrete and Construction Industry: A Leg
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Involves a case study approach to critically analyzing historical and current events in the concrete and construction industry. Particular emphasis on developing a managerial decision-making process incorporating ethical, legal, financial, and other business perspectives.

CIM 4050 - Management of Concrete Products: Ordering and Deliverin
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Provides student with basic understanding on managing order and delivery processes common to all concrete products. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Key differences in the order and delivery functions of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, pre-cast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe supplemented by product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

CIM 4060 - Management of Concrete Products: Production Facilities
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 4050. Provides student with basic understanding of managing the manufacturing process common to all concrete products production facilities. Emphasis on planning, organizing, and controlling at both the first-line supervisory and managerial levels. Review of key differences in manufacturing process of ready mix concrete, concrete masonry, precast concrete, pre-stress concrete, and concrete pipe explained through product-specific guest lectures and plant tours.

CIM 4070 - Concrete Contracting Personnel Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CIM declared major and senior standing. Application of personnel management techniques in the contracting business. Emphasis on adapting management styles to various employee personality traits, training techniques, personal management, effective and efficient management of equipment and other resources, and leadership development.  

CIM 4100 - Field Management and Supervision
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Offers knowledge and skills to effectively manage concrete construction jobsite activities. Emphasis on safety, equipment identification and use, maintenance, contingency plans, and worksite productivity.

CIM 4150 - Concrete Problems: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Dispute R
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3100. Diagnosing and preventing problems related to concrete production, testing, construction, and performance. Identifying causes of fresh and hardened concrete problems such as fast and slow setting, air content variations, low strength, cracking, and scaling. Pre-job conferences and dispute resolution methods.

CIM 4200 - Senior Concrete Lab
2 credit hours
Prerequisites: CIM 3000 and senior standing.  Opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of concrete and cement chemistry in a laboratory environment. The student will be evaluated by his/her ability to investigate a concrete situation and resolve the issue with a laboratory project. Graded activities include in-class exercises, written reports, and oral presentations. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.

CIM 4300 - Concrete Mixture Design
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3100. A detailed study on the standard practices of designing and proportioning various types of concrete mixtures. Addresses the basic principles that govern the use of different types of cements, aggregates, supplementary cementitious materials, and chemical admixtures in concrete mixture design.

CIM 4400 - Decorative Concrete
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Understanding and utilizing decorative concrete design applications, production, stamping, staining, and sealing. Manufacturing of concrete countertops, as well as vertical, flooring, and ornamental applications.

CIM 4500 - Masonry
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3000. Use, types, and manufacture of concrete masonry units. Discusses common techniques and technical considerations relating to construction using concrete masonry. Reviews typical laboratory testing procedures used for very specific compliance of concrete masonry units for use in construction.

CIM 4600 - Design, Production, and Manufacture of Precast Concrete
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: CIM 3050. Covers all relevant topics within the precast concrete industry including design, manufacture, handling, transportation, safety, quality, and erection of precast concrete productions. Helps minimize learning curve as a new professional in the precast industry.

CIM 4800 - Special Problems in Concrete Industry Management
1 to 3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Permission of department and declared CIM major. Opportunity to pursue projects of individual interest in concrete industry management. Projects may be technical and/or managerial in nature and may require any combination of literature reviews, lab work, field studies, and other research methods. A faculty member will approve a formally submitted proposal for the study, supervise progress, and grade a report and a presentation which are required upon completion of the project. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of undergraduate credit.

CIM 4910 - Capstone
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: CIM 3300 and senior standing; to be taken last semester.  Intensive study of a problem(s) appropriate to the major and the student's career interest. Solution(s) for problem(s) presented to a committee of concrete industry representatives. Presentation must emphasize depth of analysis, completeness and effectiveness of solution, and presentation skills.