Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management
Design and manage the construction of infrastructure projects that are essential to the functioning of society.
The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management program at Virginia Tech's Myers-Lawson School of Construction facilitates the development of critical technical, managerial, and professional knowledge and skills required for entry into the construction industry or graduate studies. This body of knowledge includes the decision and optimization methods required to integrate and manage the resources essential to construction operations along with the skills that support the development of ethical, socially responsible, and sustainable solutions for the built environment, which includes buildings, bridges, roads, tunnels, railroads, airports, stadiums, dams, utilities, and many other structures and facilities.
This degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), meaning students qualify to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam in their senior year — a crucial step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer.
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Eligibility for admission to the Construction Engineering and Management major is determined holistically by the Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The admissions committee will look at the achievement inside of the classroom, as well as who the students are outside of the classroom. This includes looking at an application within the context of the respective high school. The committee will consider a school’s course offerings, grading scale, and any other school-related information provided to review the student's academic achievement.
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About our Program
Courses in Construction Engineering and Management are focused on construction engineering with a management emphasis and cover construction theory and applications. The degree capitalizes upon established excellence in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and the Pamplin College of Business to deliver a cross-disciplinary, future-ready education, while providing students the opportunity to define the areas of business they wish to study to complement their career goals. Classroom instruction is reinforced by instructional laboratories, field trips, and guest lectures by leading construction professionals.
The Program Educational Objectives of Construction Engineering and Management are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates should be effectively serving society as construction engineering and management professionals by:
- Identifying, designing, analyzing, integrating, and managing the technical, material, financial, legal, and personnel administration aspects that support construction operations, projects, and organizations throughout the project lifecycle, i.e., from programming to decommissioning.
- Incorporate safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness, environmental sensitivity, and social awareness into the development, planning, and implementation of construction operations and processes.
- Apply skills of effective communication, entrepreneurship, teamwork, values-based leadership, professional, and ethical behaviors that are the necessary complement to technical competence.
- Continue their professional development and learning which may include professional licensure or certification, graduate-level education, continuing education courses, self-directed study, and active involvement in the construction community.
The Student Outcomes are that, upon completion of a Construction Engineering and Management degree, students should be able to:
- Identify, formulate, and sovle complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- Acquire and apply new knowledge, as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The B.S. program in Construction Engineering and Management is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program admitted the first class of students in the Fall of 2007 and graduated the first class in the Spring of 2009. The degree received full ABET accreditation in the Fall of 2009. Enrollment in CEM continues to grow. The program attracts students who are interested in managing all aspects of the construction process and our graduates are employed by construction companies throughout the United States.
What is the difference between Construction Engineering and Management and Building Construction?
Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) and Building Construction (BC) students take some of the same courses and often have similar jobs after graduation. The main difference is CEM students must be admitted to the College of Engineering and take a series of Civil Engineering courses to better understand structures. This also allows CEM students to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam during their senior year which allows the students to become Professional Engineers and grants them the ability to design the buildings and evaluate the structures.
What is the difference between CEM and Civil Engineering?
The civil engineering curriculum provides breadth across the civil engineering profession and the opportunity for depth within a student's selected specialty areas of interest. Specialty areas offered within the department include: construction engineering & management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, land development, civil engineering materials, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources engineering. CEM focuses specifically on Construction Engineering and Management, so it provides a more in-depth focus for students who know that they want to focus specifically on construction. While CEM students do take courses in construction engineering & management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, civil engineering materials, and structural engineering, they do not take courses in land development, transportation, or water resources.
Preparing World-Class Construction Professionals
Our graduates have 100 percent job placement within three months of graduation. On average, graduating seniors have multiple full-time job offers, with some graduates securing starting salaries as high as $84,500. We produce in-demand, high-quality, and rigorously-educated construction engineers. Our coursework and innovative teaching practices reflect the current level of technology and thought within the profession, enabling graduates to enter directly into engineering practice or, alternatively, into graduate school for further study.
Construction Engineering and Management practitioners work in various construction organizations such as general contractors, construction management firms, specialty contractors, design-builders, engineering consultants, geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, architecture firms, homebuilders, and real estate development firms. Our Construction Engineering and Management graduates are also employed in various capacities representing project owners, suppliers, regulators, lenders, and other stakeholders engaged in creating and maintaining the built environment. Positions include project engineers, project managers, coordinators, estimators, schedulers, safety specialists, business development managers, and many others. Some rise to senior-level executive positions, while others own and operate their own firms.
Regardless of which path is selected, construction is a technically-driven, complex business that requires knowledgable, highly-skilled engineers to lead operations and optimize project elements. Construction engineers must process strong fundamental knowledge of constructability and technical design methods and management principles. In addition, construction engineers enjoy the flexibility to work in the office or in the field — and typically some combination of the two. Construction Engineering and Management is an ideal career choice for those who prefer an environment that is constantly evolving.
The Construction Engineering and Management program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Students in ABET-accredited engineering programs qualify to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam in their senior year, which is a crucial step toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). Only Professional Engineers have the authority to sign and seal engineering plans and offer their services to the public. It is a legal requirement for those who are in charge of the work, regardless of whether they are principals or employees. Moreover, a PE license is a major differentiator in hiring and career advancement and commands a higher salary.
The faculty of our program bring a wealth of industry and research experience to the classroom, and are dedicated educators and mentors to students. They are a diverse and encouraging group who are actively engaged in research in areas such as sustainable construction, construction safety, project management, and building information modeling, and also keep up-to-date on the latest trends and practices in the field through consulting and professional development activities. With guidance from a faculty that is well-versed in both theoretical and practical aspects of construction engineering and management, our students are well-prepared for successful careers in the industry.
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