There are many student chapters of professional organizations available for construction management students. Participation in student chapter activities is strongly encouraged. Most students participate in several organizations. Many student chapter sponsored events are open to all students. Students are encouraged to get active with several student chapters as soon as they join the program. The following student organizations are currently active with the approval of Texas A&M University and Department of Construction Science:
- Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
- Associated General Contractors - T.R. Holleman Student Chapter (AGC)
- Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
- Sigma Lambda Chi (The National Honorary Society)
Student Competition Teams
Each year the Department of Construction Science fields various competition teams that compete on regional and national levels. The teams are composed of 6 to 8 members typically of junior and senior classification. A faculty member is assigned as a team coach. The teams are formed at the start of the fall semester and begin weekly meetings in preparation for the competitions that are held during the spring semester.
The competitions are generally sponsored by one of several professional construction organizations and focus on a specific discipline in the industry. The Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) joins with TEXO, The Construction Association, and hosts a regional competition in Dallas, Texas. This competition includes schools of construction from ASC Region V from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The competition is divided into three disciplines: commercial building, heavy civil/highway and design build. A contractor that specializes in each discipline sponsors the competition by providing the problem and the judges.
Student teams compete on the national level in competitions sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). The student competitions are conducted during the association's annual convention in a major US city.
In the Spring 2015 semester, the following teams competed:
- Commercial Building
- Heavy Civil Highway - 2nd place
Sponsorships of student competition teams are available to members of the construction industry. The costs to fund the travel to the regional and national competitions must be raised by each team. The Construction Industry Advisory Council (CIAC) is a major source of funding support for the teams.
Participation on a competition team is an extracurricular activity and requires hours of team meetings and preparation outside of students' assigned classes. Membership on a competition team is a unique learning experience that sets the students apart from their peers. The competitions help them to develop professional relationships with members of the construction industry, and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Members of the competition teams have gone on to successful careers in the construction industry.