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Construction Engineering

The construction industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. It accounts for nearly 8 percent of the nation's gross national product and employs millions of people. The industry is divided into four sectors: residential building construction, industrial construction, commercial building construction, and heavy civil construction. The Department of Construction Management and Engineering provides quality educational programs that prepare nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in the construction engineering and management professions.

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The Program

Construction Engineering involves the planning, design, and management of construction facilities, such as highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, and reservoirs. The construction of such projects requires the knowledge of engineering, management, economics, and business. Construction Engineering is differentiated from Construction Management from the standpoint of the use of math, science, and engineering to design projects and processes and analyze problems. Construction Engineering is involved in a variety of construction disciplines, including: commercial, residential, transportation, and infrastructure systems. Construction Engineers are also involved in the engineering design of temporary structures, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, material procurement, selection of equipment, and cost control. Due to their diverse skills, there is a very high demand for Construction Engineers.

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering which offers a blend of engineering and construction courses. The program is designed for those who want to work in the construction industry and enjoy the status of a professional engineer. A thorough knowledge of the physical sciences, math, and engineering is developed during the first two years followed by construction management and engineering courses. The technical side of the program is balanced with requirements in writing, humanities, social science, and communications. The Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET (http://www.abet.org).

 

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

The Educational Objectives of the Construction Engineering Degree Program describe the career and professional accomplishments that we expect our graduates to achieve early in their careers. Within the first few (3-5) years after graduation, we expect our alumni:

1.      To maintain a sustained program of continuing education and life-long learning with a focus on contemporary issues.2.      To be productive construction engineers and/or construction managers who are pursuing or have attained professional registration.3.      To be effective communicators who work on multidisciplinary teams.4.      To be engaged engineering professionals who are aware of and comprehend the ethical, social, environmental, and economic impacts of engineering solutions.5.      To be engaged citizens who become involved and seek leadership roles in professional societies and community organizations.

Student Outcomes (SO)

The Program Educational Objectives are further connected to 11 Student Outcomes, developed by ABET (http://www.abet.org), which describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These outcomes relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program. The Student Outcomes are listed below:

a)       An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to the field of Construction Engineering.b)      An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.c)       An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, and sustainability, with a focus on Construction Engineering systems, components, or processes.d)      An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.e)       An ability to identify, formulate, and solve Construction Engineering problems.f)       An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility within the general field of Construction Engineering.g)      An ability to communicate effectively.h)      The broad education necessary to understand the impact of Construction Engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.i)       A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.j)       A knowledge of contemporary issues.k)      Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for Construction Engineering practice.

Faculty and Staff

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering has a group of faculty and staff members dedicated to teaching, advising and career consultation.  All faculty members have doctoral degrees.  Many of them have professional licenses such as the Professional Engineer (PE) and/or the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC).  In addition, many faculty members have construction related working experiences both in the United States and overseas.

 

Facilities

The Department of Construction Management and Engineering has well equipped classrooms, computer labs and teaching and research labs for its students.  Classrooms used by the department are equipped with a computer, a Blackboard course management system, Internet access, a projector, a document camera, and an apple TV.  In addition, the department maintains a computer lab, a virtual reality lab, a concrete lab and a soils lab and shares laboratory space with the Department of Civil Engineering for the geotechnical and surveying labs.

Career Opportunities

Construction engineering graduates are in high demand after graduation by contractors in all types of construction, from design-construction firms to large owners who have continuing construction projects. Positions available include field engineer, office engineer, project engineer, project controls engineer, superintendent and project manager. Starting salary has been between $47,000 and $73,000 in the recent years. Summer employment in the construction industry is also available to construction engineering students.  The members of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of North Dakota as well as other construction firms provide summer jobs for our students every year.

Student Organizations

There are three student organizations in the Department of Construction Management and Engineering: AGC of America, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and Sigma Lambda Chi.  The AGC Student Chapter competes each year at the Associated Schools of Construction Competition.  The NAHB Student Chapter competes at the Residential Construction Management Competition each year.  Sigma Lambda Chi is an international construction honor society.

Scholarship Opportunities

The AGC of North Dakota, the Home Builders Care Foundation (a charitable arm of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead), and the NAHB offer annual scholarships to outstanding freshmen and upperclass students. In addition, many other scholarships, such as Helgason Engineering Scholarships are available to freshmen and transfer students. Students can contact the Office of Admission for more information or check the department website at www.ndsu.edu/construction.

Construction Engineering Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Freshman

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 111 Introduction to Construction Management and
     Engineering

1

CM&E 212 Construction Graphic Communications

3

CM&E 200 Construction Documents and Codes

3

MATH 166 Calculus II

4

MATH 165 Calculus I

4

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II

3

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I

3

ME 221 Engineering Mechanics I

3

CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

Economics*

3

 

16

 

19

Sophomore

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 204 Construction Surveying

3

CM&E 240 Financial Cost Concepts for Construction Managers

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

PHYS 252 University Physics II

4

MATH 128 Introduction to Linear Algebra

1

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

MATH 259 Multivariate Calculus

3

MATH 266 Introduction to Differential Equations

3

ME 222 Engineering Mechanics II

3

ME 223 Mechanics of Materials

3

GEOL 105 or 106 Physical Geology or The Earth Through Time

3

Gen Ed Wellness

2

 

16

 

18

Junior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 305 Pre-Construction Management

3

CM&E 301 Construction Technology and Equipment

3

CM&E 380 Construction Estimating: Quantities and Costs

3

CM&E 315 Specifications and Contracts

3

CE 309 Fluid Mechanics

3

CE 303 Civil Engineering Materials

2

CE 316 Soil Mechanics

3

CE 303L Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory

1

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

CE 343 Structural Engineering and Analysis

4

 

CM&E 405 Construction Support Operations

3

 

15

 

16

Senior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

CM&E 403 Scheduling and Project Control

3

CM&E 489 Construction Design Capstone

3

4XX Technical Elective**

3

4XX Technical Elective**

3

4XX Technical Elective**

3

4XX Technical Elective**

3

ENGL 320 or 321 Business and Professional Writing or
     Writing in the Technical Professions

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

BUSN 431 Business Law I-Contracts, Property and Torts

3

ENGR 402 Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibility

1

 

 

16

 

15

Total Credits: 131

*

To satisfy the Gen Ed Category B requirements, a student can choose between two options: ECON 105 plus an additional course within Category B OR  ECON 201 and ECON 202.   Both options satisfy the Gen Ed Catogory G.

**

Refer to list of Construction Engineering Technical Electives (CE 400 Level Courses) Minimum 12 Credits)

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

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Contact Information

Department of Construction Management and Engineering
North Dakota State University
Dept #2475, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231- 6202 / Fax: (701) 231-7431
Email: Ann.Denney@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/construction

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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