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 engineering, environmental engineering, management, building information modeling, and many other options through minors in these fields. They complete three 12-week paid internships, usually during the summer with opportunities across the country. They work as paid employees in the construction industry and perform increasingly responsible duties in field operations, office operations and project management. The program also provides global opportunities, from service trips to Ecuador to foster relationships and help build structures to better a community to internship/study abroad opportunities across the world.

What is Engineering

Construction Engineering Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

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


*Additional education may be necessary

As a construction engineer, your responsibilities may include:

As your career progresses, you can take your PE exam; expect to move into senior management; many construction engineers attain executive positions and even ownership in a construction firm.

Related Career Interests

Engineering and Technologies

Mechanical and Electrical Specialties

Mechanics and Construction

Science and Research