Construction Engineering

Construction engineering (CONE) is a program of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The Construction Engineering major integrates engineering, construction, and management courses. This program is designed for persons fulfilling the construction industry’s need for licensed professional engineers. It resembles the construction management program but provides a greater emphasis on engineering, scientific, and technical courses so that requirements for licensure are met. The courses in Construction Engineering focus on the application of engineering principles to solve real world construction problems.


The educational objective of the Construction Engineering program is to produce graduates who possess lifelong knowledge acquisition skills enabling them to add value to society throughout their construction careers by applying engineering principles of analysis and design to the constructed environment and using appropriate construction practices including business organization, estimating, scheduling, project delivery, and ethics.


Under the stimulus of increasing demand for its services globally, the construction industry has expanded its technological capabilities pertaining to physical and informational systems. This demand gives the Construction Engineering graduate an unprecedented number of opportunities for employment and for pursuing an advanced degree.


Construction engineers participate in the preparation of engineering and architectural plans and specifications which they translate into finished projects, such as buildings, bridges, highways, power plants, or other constructed facilities. These projects involve thousands of details shared by a team of owners, architects, engineers, general constructors, specialty constructors, manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment distributors, regulatory bodies and agencies, labor resources, and numerous others. The constructor assumes responsibility for delivery of the completed project at a specified time and cost and also accepts associated legal, financial, and management obligations. Because of the broad scope of the construction engineer’s project responsibility, he/she must assure the project’s ability to be constructed as well as its ability to be operated and sustained.


The Construction Engineering student is required to enroll into a predetermined set of courses specifically designed for general construction education. Each student selects, with the approval of his/her adviser, a set of approved electives. The program outlined below leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering.