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Construction Engineering (Con E)

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(Administered by the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering)

James Alleman, Chair of Department
Distinguished Professors: Klaiber
Distinguished Professors (Emeritus): Baumann, Cleasby, Handy
University Professors (Emeritus): Lohnes
Professors: Alleman, Fanous, Jaselskis, Jeyapalan, Kannel, Maze, Ong, Porter, Sarkar, Schaefer, Souleyrette, Van Leeuwen, Wipf
Professors (Emeritus): Bergeson, Brewer, Carstens, Ekberg, Greimann, Hardy, Jellinger, Kao, Lee, Mashaw, Mickle, Morgan, Oulman, Sanders
Professors (Collaborators): McCoy, Surampalli
Associate Professors: Abendroth, Baenziger, Cable, Ellis, Gu, Hallmark, Jahren, Sritharan, Strong, Sung, Wang, Williams
Professors (Emeritus): Chase, Mercier, Sheeler, Ward
Assistant Professors: Bolluyt, Ceylan, Kandil, Rehmann, Shane, Walters, White
Assistant Professors (Adjunct): Phares, Plazak, Schlorholtz, Smadi
Instructors (Adjunct): Amenson, Gaunt
Senior Lecturers: Cormicle, Sirotiak, Walton
Lecturers: Jones, Stout, Suleiman
Clinician: Khanal

Undergraduate Study

For undergraduate curriculum in construction engineering leading to the degree bachelor of science, see College of Engineering, Curricula. This curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Construction engineering is a curriculum administered by the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. For details of the curriculum in construction engineering leading to the degree bachelor of science, see the College of Engineering, Curricula. General objectives, which are common to all departments in engineering, are stated in the College of Engineering, Objectives of Curricula in Engineering. The curriculum in construction engineering is designed with the objective to prepare students for life-long careers in the constantly changing technical and managerial environment of the construction industry. Students who successfully complete the curriculum will be prepared for entry into the field or for further study at the graduate level in construction engineering or related fields of study, such as law, business and other engineering disciplines.

Construction engineers need to possess strong fundamental knowledge of engineering design and management principles, including knowledge of business procedures, economics, and human behavior. Graduates of this curriculum may expect to engage in design of temporary structures, coordination of project design, systems design, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, company and project management, materials procurement, equipment selection, and cost control. With the emergence of design-build construction, the role of the construction engineer is expanding the need for trained professionals that understand both aspects of the project delivery environment. The curriculum offers opportunities to study emphases concerned with building, heavy, mechanical or electrical construction.

The process of construction involves the organization, administration, and coordination of labor resource requirements, temporary and permanent materials, equipment, supplies and utilities, money, technology and methods. These must be integrated in the most efficient manner possible to complete construction projects on schedule, within the budget, and according to the standards of quality and performance specified by the project owner or designer. The curriculum blends engineering, management and business sciences into a study of the processes of construction whereby designer's plans and specifications are converted into physical structures and facilities. To achieve this, a construction engineering graduate should have:

*leadership ability.
*the ability to think critically, systematically, and generatively.
*an understanding of the engineering and architectural design process.
*proficiency in construction engineering and the design of construction processes which includes the ability to:
- apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
*an understanding of:
- the overall construction process.
- the estimating process.
- the planning and scheduling process.
- risk assessment.
- contracts and laws.
- business and management.
- ethical reasoning.
- contemporary issues in the industry.
- construction engineering and the industry's impact on society.
- business and construction engineering terminology.
*an ability to:
- function in multi-disciplinary teams.
- communicate orally, graphically and in writing.
*a desire for life-long learning and intellectual and professional growth.
*an awareness of modern techniques, skills and technologies for construction.
The curriculum develops the ability of students to be team workers, creative thinkers, and effective communicators. This is achieved by providing students with opportunities to:
*interact with practicing professionals.
*gain work experience during summer jobs, internship, and cooperative education assignments that emphasize the knowledge required of construction engineers.
*develop leadership skills by participating in student organizations.
*develop, analyze, and interpret alternative solutions to open-ended problems.
*study abroad.

The construction industry is becoming increasingly global. Courses in humanities, social sciences, U.S. diversity, and international perspectives are included in the curriculum to broaden the student's perspective of the work environment. In addition, the department has several exchange program opportunities for students to participate in study-abroad programs. Interested and qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the cooperative education program or internship program to supplement academic work with work experience. See Cooperative Education Programs, College of Engineering.

Construction engineering students are encouraged to participate in life-long learning, continuous professional development, and to achieve professional engineer registration and/or registration as a certified professional constructor. Qualified construction engineering students within 30 credits of completing their undergraduate degree may apply for concurrent enrollment in the Graduate College. See Civil Engineering Graduate Study for more information.

Graduate Study

An area of specialization in construction engineering and management is offered within the graduate program of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. See Civil Engineering, Courses and Programs.

Courses are offered for minor work to students taking major work in other curricula or in interdepartmental programs.

Courses open for nonmajor graduate credit: 322, 340, 351, 380, 421, 441.

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

Con E 110. Introduction to Construction Engineering. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. The nature and scope of the construction industry. Overview of the profession and education for the constructor. Employment opportunities, resume preparation, job search, and interviewing. Professional registration and ethics, current industry issues, professional and industry associations.

Con E 120. Cornerstone Learning Community. (0-2) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S. The Cornerstone Learning Community assists first-year and transfer students integrating into the Construction Engineering program. Students work both individually and in learning teams to complete assignments and activities involving teamwork, academic preparation, study skills, and preparation for entry into the constuction engineering profession. Topics: teamwork, introduction to construction industry, career preparation, skills for academic success, professional ethics, diversity issues, construction research, introduction to construction engineering program and faculty/staff.

Con E 221. Contractor Organization and Management of Construction. (4-0) Cr. 4. F.S. Prereq: Completion of basic program and Engr 170. Entry level course for construction engineering: integration of significant engineering, economics, and management issues related to efficient construction company operations. Time value of money; methods of evaluating alternative projects; organization; operations; construction company administration; project administration; project management systems; construction contracts; integrated delivery systems (design/build and others); marketing; insurance and bonding; construction safety; labor law; labor relations; productivity; motivation and leadership; contract documents; interpretation and utilization of drawings, specifications, agreements, bidding forms, general conditions, subcontracts, shop drawings and related documents.

Con E 241. Construction Materials and Methods. (2-3) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 221. Introduction to materials and methods of building construction and to construction drawings. Foundation, structural framing, floor, roof, and wall systems. Blueprint reading and quantity takeoff techniques.

Con E 251. Mechanical/Electrical Materials and Methods. (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 241. Introduction to the materials and methods for mechanical and electrical construction systems and drawings. HVAC, water and waste water, vertical transportation, power distribution, lighting, and fire protection. Blueprint reading and quantity takeoff. Specialty contractor organization and management.

Con E 298. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department and Engineering Career Services. First professional work period in the cooperative education program. Students must register for this course before commencing work.

Con E 322. Construction Equipment and Heavy Construction Methods. (2-3) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 241. Selection and acquisition of construction equipment. Application of engineering fundamentals and economics to performance characteristics and production of equipment. Heavy construction methods and economic applications. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Con E 340. Concrete and Steel Construction. (2-3) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: E M 324, credit or enrollment in Con E 322. Planning and field engineering for concrete and steel construction. Design and applications of concrete formwork to construction. Erection of structural steel. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Con E 351. Mechanical and Electrical Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 251, Phys 222. Comprehensive coverage of mechanical systems, electrical systems, plumbing, fire protection, security, vertical transportation, lighting, acoustics and communications. The course includes analysis techniques and design principles for each system. A comprehensive design project is required for a major building project. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Con E 380. Engineering Law. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Junior classification. Introduction to law and judicial procedure as they relate to the practicing engineer. Contracts, professional liability, professional ethics, licensing, bidding procedures, intellectual property, products liability. Emphasis on development of critical thinking process, abstract problem analysis and evaluation. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Con E 381. Bidding Construction Projects I. (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Permission from the instructor. Team development of construction process designs and cost estimates for transportation construction projects under closely simulated conditions. Examine project sites, consult with construction industry mentors, obtain subcontractor and supplier quotations, and submit bids. Offered in the following specialities:
A. Heavy and Highway
B. Building
C. Mechanical
D. Electrical
E. Mechanical and Electrical
F. Miscellaneous

Con E 396. Summer Internship. Cr. R. Repeatable. SS. Prereq: Permission of department and Engineering Career Services. Summer professional work period. Students must register for this course before commencing work.

Con E 397. Engineering Internship. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: Permission of department and Engineering Career Services. Professional work period, one semester maximum per academic year. Students must register for this course before commencing work.

Con E 398. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: 298, permission of department and Engineering Career Services. Second professional work period in the cooperative education program. Students must register for this course before commencing work.

Con E 421. Construction Estimating. (2-3) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 241, Junior classification. Conceptual estimating. Bid preparation for buildings, highways, heavy, mechanical trades. Estimating costs for material, labor, equipment, overhead, and profit. Quantity surveys, unit costs, production rates, and pricing methods. Subcontract bid analysis and bid procedure. Cost analysis and cost control. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Con E 441. Construction Planning, Scheduling, and Control. (2-2) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 421. Integration of previous construction coursework into the planning, scheduling, and management of time, costs, and other resources. Emphasis on preparation and analysis of network schedules. Comprehensive planning and scheduling project. Computer project management applications. Nonmajor graduate credit.

Con E 487. Construction Engineering Design I. (1-2) Cr. 2. F.S. Prereq: Con E 340, E E 360. Student must be within two semesters of graduating. Coreq: Con E 421, Con E 441. The integrated delivery of project services including preliminary engineering design process, constructability review, interaction with the client, identification of engineering problems, developments of a proposal, identification of design criteria, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, application of codes and standards, development of feasible alternatives, selection of best alternative, and delivery of oral presentations.

Con E 488. Construction Engineering Design II. (1-5) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: Con E 351, 380. Coreq: 487. Application of team design concepts to a construction engineering project. Project planning. Detailed analysis. Advanced cost and schedule applications. Contract negotiation. Development of a complete project history. Technical presentations (oral and written).

Con E 481. Bidding Construction Projects II. (0-3) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Permission from the instructor. Similar to Con E 381, except students with previous experience attempt projects with larger scope or lead students with less experience.
A. Heavy and Highway
B. Building
C. Mechanical
D. Electrical
E. Mechanical and Electrical
F. Miscellaneous

Con E 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-5. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Individual study in any phase of construction engineering. Pre-enrollment contract required.

Con E 498. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 398, permission of department and Engineering Career Services. Third and subsequent professional work periods in the cooperative education program. Students must register for this course before commencing work.