The construction industry is the largest industry in the country. It accounts for more than $10 billion annually-nearly 14 percent- of the nation's gross national product. It's an industry employing nearly six million men and women.
The construction engineering program is a blend of engineering, construction and construction management courses. The 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 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 educational, research and outreach opportunities that serve both the needs of our students and those of the construction industry.
The construction engineering program objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments that we expect our graduates to achieve early in their careers. Within the first few years after graduation, we expect our alumni:
- To maintain a sustained program of continuing education and life-long learning with focus on contemporary issues;
- To be productive construction engineers and/or construction managers who are pursing or have attained professional registration;
- To be effective communicators who work on multi- disciplinary teams;
- To be engaged engineering professionals who are aware of and comprehend the ethical, social, environmental and economic impacts of engineering solutions; and
- To be engaged citizens who become involved and seek leadership roles in professional societies and community organizations.
A Modern, Well-Equipped Facility
Construction engineering is in the eight-building engineering and architecture complex. Well-equipped laboratories are designed for experimentation in each of the areas of construction and engineering studies. Classrooms have ample space, are well-lighted and contain excellent visual aid equipment.
Construction engineering graduates are in high demand by contractors in all types of construction, by design-construction firms and by large owners who have continuing construction programs. Positions available include superintendent, project manager, sales person, field engineer, cost engineer, programmer, design engineer, safety engineer and company executive. Graduates will be well qualified in the areas of construction programming, cost control and construction quality control. Management training will provide enumerable opportunities in the construction industry.
Summer employment in construction is available to NDSU students enrolled in construction engineering. The Associated General Contractors of North Dakota provides summer jobs for construction students when possible. The objective of the summer employment is two-fold: for the student to learn more about construction and to provide a good summer income.
The construction engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Associated General Contractors of North Dakota, the Home Builders Care Foundation, a charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, and the National Association of Home Builders offer annual scholarships to outstanding freshmen and upper-class students. In addition, Helgason Engineering Scholarships are available to freshmen and transfer students. Contact the department chair or the NDSU Office of Admission for more information and deadlines.
General Education RequirementsCredits
|First Year Experience |
|CE/Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success
| Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
|Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
|| 3, 3
|Engl. 320 - Business and Professional Writing or
Engl. 321 - Writing in the Technical Profession
|Math. 165 - Calculus I
|Science & Technology |
| Chem. 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab
|Chem. 122 - General Chemistry II
|| 3 |
|Phys. 252 - University Physics II
|| 4 |
|Humanities & Fine Arts
|| 6 |
|Social and Behavioral Sciences |
|Econ. 105 - Elements of Economics
|Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective
|| 2 |
| Cultural Diversity
|| - |
|Global Perspective |
|| 3 |
Major Requirements Credits
|Busn. 431 - Business Law I
|CE 303, 303L - CE Materials and Lab
|CE 309 - Fluid Mechanics
|CE 316 - Soil Mechanics
|CE 343 - Structural Analysis
|CE 370 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering
|CM&E 111 - Introduction to CM&E
|CM&E 200 - Construction Documents/Codes
|CM&E 204 - Construction Surveying
|CM&E 212 - Construction Graphic Communication
|CM&E 240 - Financial Cost Concepts
|CM&E 301 - Construction Equipment
|CM&E 315 - Specifications and Contracts
|CM&E 380 - Construction Estimating
|CM&E 385 - Construction Safety
|CM&E 403 - Scheduling
|CM&E 412 - Capstone
|CM&E 489 - Construction Design Capstone
|Engr. 402 - Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibilities
|Geol. 105 - Physical Geology or
Geol. 106 - The Earth Through Time
|Math. 128 - Introduction to Linear Algebra
|Math. 166 - Calculus II
|Math. 259 - Multivariate Calculus
|Math. 266 - Introduction to Differential Equations
|ME 221 - Engineering Mechanics I
|ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II
|ME 223 - Mechanics of Materials
|Stat. 330 - Introduction to Statistics
|CE Technical Electives*
A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for acceptance into this program. *See Department for list of approved Technical Electives.
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Construction Management and Engineering
North Dakota State University
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-7879
Fax: (701) 231-7431
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643
Fax: (701) 231-8802