Construction Engineering

College of Engineering

Construction engineers design and execute processes for building and maintaining the infrastructure of our world. The tools of the trade for today’s successful construction engineer include the following: strong math, science, and computer skills; creativity; an aptitude for applying science and engineering methods to solve problems; a love of building structures such as bridges, airports, buildings, dams, and highways; an interest in working indoors and outdoors; initiative and a strong work ethic; the ability to collaborate with diverse people; good communications skills; and a desire to learn in a constantly changing environment. Students in the Construction Engineering program have the opportunity to develop additional expertise in mechanical, electrical, and other areas of engineering through minors in these fields. Construction Engineering students complete three 12-week paid internships, usually during the summer and away from home. They work as paid employees of construction contractors and construction managers and perform increasingly responsible duties in field operations, office operations, and project management.

Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete the First-Year Engineering requirements before entering the engineering school of their choice. The mission of this student-oriented service program is to advise, teach and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory. The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue's engineering disciplines is the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.

What is Engineering

Construction Engineering Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: See Engineering Transfer Criteria Page for more detailed course guidelines. (CEM transfer applicants must contact the CEM advising office and have a plan of study outline completed and approved before applying. Contact with "transfer student prelim plan of study review" in the subject line. The advisors, Brandon Fulk and Bonnie Sondgeroth, may also be reached at 765-494-2243.)


Contact Information

Bonnie Sondgeroth
Phone: 765-494-2243


Our graduates are employed by many of the nation’s largest and most advanced construction firms. Construction engineers have a wide range of career opportunities and enjoy great personal satisfaction. The constant variety of projects adds to the excitement and challenge of the profession. Typical responsibilities include:

Related Career Interests

Engineering and Technologies

Mechanical and Electrical Specialties

Mechanics and Construction

Science and Research