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 to meet requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. The courses focus on the application of engineering principles to solve real-world construction problems.

The Durham School Construction Engineering program is accredited by EAC-ABET, Inc.

The educational objectives of the Construction Engineering program are to produce graduates who will (in three to five years after graduation):

  • Possess knowledge acquisition skills enabling them to remain current throughout their careers;
  • Apply engineering principles of analysis and design to the systems being constructed;
  • Employ technical skills with innovation and dedication to pursue improved functionality, increasing efficiency and decreasing costs;
  • Use communication skills to effectively share their ideas with many forms of media;
  • Adapt to the constantly changing, interdisciplinary design and construction by applying teamwork and team building skills; and
  • Apply appropriate construction practices including business organization, estimating, scheduling, project delivery and ethics. 

Under the stimulus of increasing demand for global services, many Nebraska company have expanded their reach well beyond the US borders. This demand gives the Construction Engineering graduate an unprecedented number of opportunities for employment (locally, nationally, and internationally), and for pursuing an advanced degree at UNL or elsewhere.

Construction engineers participate in the preparation of engineering and architectural documents, including specifications, which they translate into finished projects, such as buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases and space center complexes. 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 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 constructiblity well as its capability to be operated and maintained.

Construction Engineering students are required to enroll in a set of courses specifically designed for general construction education. Each student selects, with the guidance of an advisor, a set of approved electives. The program outlined below leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering.