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.

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Careers in Construction Engineering
  • General contractors                                                                                                                       bridges, roads, buildings, healthcare, data centers, sports facilities
  • Owners and developers                                                                                                               
  • Mechanical/Electrical Contractors                                                                                          
  • Renewable energies                                                                                                                      
  • Consulting and design firms                                                                                                      
  • Oil and gas industry                                                                                                                    
  • Aviation industry                                                                                                                          
  • Law firms*
  • Historical restoration*

*Additional education may be necessary

As a construction engineer, your responsibilities may include:

  • Planning and overseeing the construction operations of a project: conducting site layout, scheduling, selecting equipment, organizing the work crew, managing materials, safeguarding the environment, and building temporary structures
  • Checking and modifying plans and specifications for constructability, efficiency, and safety
  • Developing cost estimates and preparing bids
  • Utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for 3D models
  • Managing subcontractor firms
  • Working with the owner to ensure that the project meets requirements
  • Solving job site problems, moving between the field and office
  • Gaining additional education and training

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.

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