This course, when compared with a diploma in construction, is more slanted towards those with prior working experience in the back office of construction firms. As a QS you may be expected to be at the cutting edge of digital engineering and such skills will dramatically boost your efficiency and productivity for your company – earning you better salary and getting better jobs.
(5 days per week, 3 hours each)
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This course is the second and third year of a UK honours degree and includes 240 credits. As a top up programme, students are expected to have prior knowledge and work experience to earn the standing to enter this top up degree programme.
– Auston Higher Diploma in the relevant field; or
– A polytechnic of PEI Diploma from relevant major; or
Transfer applicants with other equivalent qualifications based on Singapore criterion may be given exemptions on academic qualifications
At least 30 years of age and 8 years of working experience may be admitted on a case by case basis with a minimum of 10 years of formal education and certificates that is deemed equivalent by the Academic Board.
– C6 or better for O Levels
– IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
– CEFR B2 or higher
*Fees stated include course fees, admin fees, FPS and GST (7%)
A Quantity Surveyor will be involved in the build, right from drawing the plan to the completion of the construction. As a quantity surveyor, your roles will narrow to the project’s legal, financial, and technical capacities. Primarily, you are to optimize the cost of the project to fit the budget constraints. Additionally, you will have to deal with any legal issues that may arise while also ensuring the project remains cost-effective and portable.
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Compared to our Diploma in Construction Project Management, a Diploma in Quantity Surveying course teaches learners about measurement and about contract administration. What these 2 things mean is essentially as follows:
In nearly any business, counting is a critical skill. The ability to measure the products and services and output that you produce is critical to being able to (1) estimate the cost (2) estimate your margin and (3) measure the amount of work actually done. In the world of construction, this is done by the Quantity Surveyors. Every last bit of cubic meter of cement poured, to the number of aluminum framed windows to sheets of glass – all of this is counted and calculated by the QS.
It’s really important because if you count it wrong, you will either over quote and over price and won’t win the tender, or you will underquote and your business will lose lots of money actually doing the job.
Contract administration is a general reference to anything pertaining to the construction industries job-tendering process. Contract administration professionals conduct tenders, as main or sub contractors, and also manage all parts of this process including tenders, specifications, variations, billing, etc.
The top employers of quantity surveyors are contractors, consultants, public ministries, statutory boards, and suppliers of building products. This course helps prepare students to understand more about the construction industry. Additionally, personnel who are already working in the building environment sector but who wish to gain more knowledge on cost consultancy will also find it useful.
The highest paying career in quantity survey is contract management which pays an average of $39,000 per year. The second is contract negotiation which pays up to $40,000 per year. For construction estimating, expect $37,000 annually, and for procurement, you’ll be paid $39,000 each year. The least paid is a quantity take-off (a role that looks at building plans and estimates the volume of material that is needed for the build) that can bag you an average of $35,128 per year.
That said, you should note that the average salary of quantity surveyors in Singapore is $3,743 per month as reported on Glassdoor.com in April 2021.
Across the 3 stages of construction (design, tender, build) a quantity surveyor will have many roles to play. At this stage, these are core skills as they are needed today, and foreseeably into the future:
Core Skills in Quantity Surveying:
This module teaches learners the different methods and techniques used in different construction projects and deals with issues arising during the process. It gives knowledge the essential knowledge to develop substructures and superstructures. You will also know the different hazards in the workplace, and with the essential knowledge in health and safety, you will design perfect solutions in civil engineering projects.
The workplace safety and health practice module teaches learners about the value of health and safety in the built environment. It focuses on the risk assessments that will counter the safety and health issues that usually arise in a built environment. After they complete this module, the learners will easily pinpoint the hazards in their workplace and assess the risks associated with the implementation of some measures.
From its name, cost estimation and economics is a module that enlightens learners on the market forces, economic activities, and government policies that affect the built environment. It gives learners knowledge in government activities and how they affect the built environment industry.
Besides, you will also learn the principles that guide the cost estimation and optimize your plan to fit the time, budget, and time-efficient. Additionally, you will learn budgeting and implementation since this module is important for any initiative. Cost estimation aims to ensure the budget remains within its budget, and you will use many principles to achieve the goal.
The engineering mathematics modules give learners analytical and statistical skills to help them solve engineering and construction problems. It is uniquely designed to utilize mathematical processes in solving various problems during construction. And for anyone who wants to improve their engineering mathematics and analytical skills further, this module will assist them to achieve the goal.
At Auston Institute, we have a view that technology is going to consume many industries and this curve of technology adoption has only been sped up by COVID19. Construction Industries are not exempted from this movement. As a result of which, additional content that is useful for
Green Buildings, Sustainability and Life-Cycle Management
This topic focuses on educating learners on the use of reusable, organic materials as well as sustainable sources. Green Buildings value the intelligent design of structures such that there is a reduced environmental impact – less cooling, less disruption to nature, less materials used, etc.
Sustainability is an extensive topic, best reviewed by reading more about the United Nationals Sustainability Development Goals and their implications for the construction industry.
IoT, and Applied AI
With the advancement and proliferation of IoT, microcomputers have become both affordable and widely deployed. Such technology will greatly improve the efficiency and implementation of construction management as well as build accuracy. IoT devices will aid in data collection at many stages of the process while the deployment of AI will ensure that wastage in terms of time, and materials will be greatly reduced. The manpower used in this process will also be reduced. A very significant study was conducted here.
Advanced Construction Technologies
The term ‘advanced’ can refer to advanced materials, methods, and policies as it applies to the construction industry. Any short course does not make you an expert in these options but introducing you to their concepts will enable you to at least explore them as option for current and future builds – making you more relevant to employers.
Professions in Context
This module focuses on giving learners the chance to learn skills to develop and implement schemes of work, project scope, and the analysis and presentation of projects. Through this unit, learners will be put into teams to optimize their unique abilities and skills. It will also show learners the importance of teamwork, especially in the field of construction and civil engineering.
Based on our review of quantity surveyor courses globally, a decent QS course should cover the following: