Department of Construction Management and Engineering
The mission of the Department of Construction Management and Engineering at North Dakota State University is to provide quality programs for preparing nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate students for a successful career in construction. The programs are designed to provide education, research, and outreach opportunities that serve both the needs of students and those of the construction industry. The educational objectives of the programs are to provide students with:
- basic skills necessary to plan, organize, and control resources to manage the overall construction process
- technical knowledge, design, and problem solving skills for a career in construction
- knowledge and skills necessary to identify, define, and compare design alternatives
- necessary communication skills for successful practice of the construction profession
- opportunities to learn the need for professionalism and life-long learning, and the need to understand the broader societal implications of construction projects
The continued rapid growth of the construction industry demands new kinds of professionals, the construction engineer, and manager. These professional constructors will be required to integrate new and high-level technology into all aspects of the design and construction process. All the aspects that contribute to the finished construction project from the initial planning stage through the final project turnover require close and careful attention. An individual with management and technical ability to oversee an entire project is essential to the industry. To fill the need for qualified professionals, the following degrees are awarded: Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering. A 2.50 cumulative GPA is required for all internal and/or external transfers.
The construction programs are very practical in nature and designed to prepare the graduate for entry into the construction industry on a professional level. Construction graduates build homes, highways, bridges, power plants, dams, tunnels, skyscrapers, and many other facilities of benefit to society.
Construction Engineering Major
The Construction Engineering program is a blend of engineering, construction, and construction management courses. This program is designed for those who want to work in the construction industry and enjoy the status of a professional engineer. It is somewhat similar to the Construction Management program, but has more emphasis on engineering and technical courses. The Construction Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).
- To maintain a sustained program of continuing education and life-long learning with a focus on contemporary issues.
- To be productive construction engineers and/or construction managers who are pursuing or have attained professional registration.
- To be effective communicators who work on multidisciplinary teams.
- To be engaged engineering professionals who are aware of and comprehend the ethical, social, environmental, and economic impacts of engineering solutions.
- To be engaged citizens who become involved and seek leadership roles in professional societies and community organizations.
Construction Management Major
Construction management is a combination of engineering technology, construction techniques, and management to meet the needs of the rapidly growing construction industry. The program is designed to prepare students for the art of achieving maximum profit by efficient use of people, machines, materials, and money to complete a construction project on time and to the satisfaction of the owner.
A meld of engineering, construction, management, and business gives the student a background and understanding of managementís point of view in the construction industry. The Construction Management program is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE).
The Pre-Program (Freshmen Level)
The Department of Construction Management & Engineering has a no pre-selection for incoming freshmen. Transfer students (internal and external) must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.5.
Professional Program (Sophomore, Junior and Senior Level)
Applications for admission to the Construction Management Professional Program will be approved subject to the following conditions:
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills required to identify, define, and solve problems involving construction methods, processes, and alternatives using appropriate management techniques and tools.
- To provide students with the basic skills necessary to plan, organize and control project resources (labor, equipment, and materials) in order to manage the overall construction process.
- To provide students with the required communication skills (oral and written) for successful practice of the construction profession.
- To provide students with the necessary skills to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams and to understand and appreciate the contributions of other disciplines within the construction process.
- To provide students with professional opportunities and skills to pursue life-long learning and involvement in professional associations within the broader societal context of the construction profession.
- To provide students with exposure to ethical, societal and, global issues related to decision making in the construction management profession.