Michael Andary

Professor of Technology and Occupational Sciences

Michael Andary began working as a laborer in the construction industry in the mid-1980s, and he started wearing a tool belt as a carpenter’s helper a couple years later. He continued working as a carpenter while completing his Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Ferris State University.  Although his education exposed him to several project management opportunities, upon graduation, he opted to enter the workforce as a professional tradesperson. 

He earned Journeyman Carpenter status shortly after his return from school. Within a year, he was appointed to a role as a foreman where he led and coordinated work on a variety of projects for a number of contractors. Mike’s projects included municipal streets and streetscape structures, elementary schools, medical facilities, state government administrative and maintenance buildings, motels, ice arenas and industrial warehouse expansions. He joined Barton Malow Company as a project superintendent and began work on multiple projects that included a higher education science facility, an indoor recreation center, a hospital expansion along with other medical offices and a K-12 addition/renovation. 

Professor Andary began teaching at Northern Michigan University in 2001, when there were less than 80 declared construction majors. Mike is proud to be part of the growth in scale and scope of a student body and faculty team that is driven by success.  Helping launch NMU’s only program-specific career fair was especially rewarding, as it has helped provide opportunities for hundreds of students through the years.  Corporations from across the country attend the career fair, and alumni from the NMU Construction Management program staff their booths.  Mike was named NMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award recipient in 2019, thanks in large part to alumni, current students and the Construction Management faculty team that nominated him.

He is an active member of various NMU committees, and he serves as co-adviser for the Northern Michigan Constructors, a student organization that provides significant services to the Marquette community by lending their time and talent to design and build projects for those who lack appropriate resources.

Curriculum Teaching Experience:

  • CN110 – Construction Processes
  • CN156 – Systems & Methods
  • CN158 – Concrete & Masonry
  • CN254 – Surveying & Layout
  • CN278 – MEP Systems
  • CN283 – Estimating
  • CN353 – Soils and Foundations
  • CN369 – Construction Economics & Standard Practices
  • CN450 – Project Control
  • CN455 – Construction Safety
  • CN459 – Construction Management


  • B.S., Ferris State University
  • M.P.A., Northern Michigan University
  • Journeyman Carpenter (Local 1510)
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Authorized Outreach Trainer for the OSHA10 and OSHA30 construction credentials
Mike Andary