About the Program
The Construction Engineering program is focused on preparing graduates for successful professional careers, or graduate study, and providing a broad-based education complimenting a program of professional study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering. In providing this program of study, we strive, through small classes and hands-on experience in laboratories closely monitored by full-time faculty, to provide a highly productive student learning environment and to develop supportive student-faculty academic partnerships.
The vision for Construction Engineering is to provide a nationally recognized academic program committed to excellence in undergraduate education and student enrichment.
The mission of Construction Engineering is to provide a nationally recognized student-centered learning environment for the development of principled leaders in construction engineering through a broad-based, rigorous curriculum, emphasizing theoretical and practical engineering concepts, strong professional values, and a disciplined work ethic.
Our Core Values
- Students are our Focus: We believe the education, development, empowerment, and welfare of our students are the primary focus of our efforts.
- Construction Engineers as Principled Leaders: We believe the engineering profession requires the highest professional and ethical standards, which we seek to model, teach and prepare our students to embrace.
- Collaborative Teaching and Learning Environment: We believe a collaborative collegial environment among our faculty, staff and students is critical in sustaining advancement in educational excellence.
- Growth through Assessment: We believe data-driven inquiry and improvement will lead us to sustained advancement in educational excellence.
Our Program Educational Objectives
Construction Engineering graduates will be prepared to for success through the following Program Educational Objectives, which graduates to attain within 3-5 years after graduation:
- Design: Graduating students who are successful in engineering based on a course of study focused on design, including a solid theoretical and practical foundation that leads to successful employment in the private and public sectors.
- Sustainable Success: Graduating students who have sustainable career success and participate in leadership roles through demonstration of lifelong learning, effective communication, contributions on multidisciplinary teams, and broad-based perspective of engineering and societal needs.
- Broad Based Education: Graduating students who have a broad educational background that leads to good citizenship through leadership, management, decision making and problem-solving abilities.
Our Student Outcomes
At the time of graduation from the construction engineering program, a student should have achieved an acceptable level of skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The construction engineering curriculum provides a broad-based liberal education, a strong background in mathematics and basic sciences, and a rigorous sequence of civil and construction engineering courses needed to provide the breadth and depth necessary for sustainable professional success within an ever-changing technological society. The curriculum emphasizes analysis and design of construction processes and systems in a construction engineering specialty field, applying knowledge of methods, materials, equipment, planning, scheduling, safety, and cost analysis; to explain basic legal and ethical concepts and the importance of professional engineering licensure in the construction industry; to explain basic concepts of management topics such as economics, business, accounting, communications, leadership, decision and optimization methods, engineering economics, engineering management, and cost control. Specific focus is placed on engineering and constructability knowledge and skills that develop student’s practical problem-solving abilities for application to real-world projects. Towards accomplishing this educational goal, the curriculum provides a two-semester senior design course in which students undertake significant real-world focused construction engineering projects. Additionally, our faculty are convinced of the great value of practical experience, and as a result, students are highly encouraged and supported in identifying opportunities and obtaining gainful employment in the construction engineering profession, or a related field, for at least one summer, preferably between the junior and senior years.