Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
When you’re a construction engineer, you’re the one person on site who is an engineering expert, a business leader and a project manager all rolled into one.
B.S. in Construction Engineering
A construction engineer is the key to successfully completing a construction project. Construction engineers are equipped to design and oversee the construction, maintenance and rebuilding of infrastructural facilities such as roads, bridges, airports, buildings and water treatment facilities in ways that best meet the unique demands of a particular environment. Construction engineers will often work with, and coordinate a team including civil engineers and construction managers to solve technical challenges of complex construction projects. While a civil engineer generally focuses on design, and the construction manager focuses on the management of time and resources, the construction engineer bridges the gap between these two professions with additional engineering, technical and management skills necessary for the efficient and safe delivery of complex projects. You will need to have strong analytical skills and an ability to function in an inter-disciplinary team environment.
A construction engineer wears many hats when directing and assessing a project. You will survey the area where the job is to be built, paying special attention to environmental issues or government regulations (such as building codes) that are involved so you can prepare reports on your findings and consult with others involved in the project, such as environmental groups, government agencies and third-party construction companies.
The Construction Engineering program fills a gap in Georgia Southern’s academic programs that is in demand by students and industry. Given an expected 8% growth in all civil engineering related occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), practice-ready engineers are in high demand by employers in the construction industry throughout Georgia and the nation.
Format: In person at Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 130
In Georgia Southern University’s Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, you’ll get classroom lessons that incorporate real-world practice. You’ll become a bridge between professionals in civil engineering and construction management, using technical, analytical, and management skills to ensure safe and efficient delivery of the combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team.
Our B.S. in Construction Engineering program emphasizes hands-on learning and community service as the keys to preparing for a dynamic career in construction engineering. You’ll have access to many experiences, resources, and organizations outside of the classroom, ranging from labs, competitions, co-ops, internships and undergraduate research.
The department also emphasizes community service learning for meaningful practical experience. Employers from around the region and the country appreciate the experience our students get by putting their classroom lessons into real-world practice.
Construction Engineering Specializations
With our bachelor’s degree in construction engineering, you’ll get the technical and professional skills to lead the teams that build the structures and facilities that support everyday life. Specialize in a variety of construction engineering areas, including:
- Bridge structures
- Building/Civil information modeling
- Environmental engineering
- Green and sustainable construction
- Operations management
- Quality and risk management
- Soils and foundations
- Transportation engineering
- Water and wastewater systems
Construction Engineering Student Organizations
We encourage our construction engineering students to go beyond simple classroom instruction, and get involved in student organizations that provide great opportunities for networking, internships, scholarships and more
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Sigma Lambda Chi (honor society)
- Society of American Military Engineers
- Institute of Transportation Engineers
- Women in Construction
- Construction Management Guild
All Construction majors are strongly encouraged to join and be active in the CM Guild, the student organization for Construction majors that promotes professionalism and connects students with professional organizations such as the AGC, ASC Student Competitions, NAHB, NUCA, USGBC, and other important construction groups.
- Construction Management Association of America
Provides opportunities for Construction, Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering students to enhance their professional knowledge and networks through guest speakers, forums, technology presentations and conferences.
What is Construction Engineering?
Construction engineering is the professional field that focuses on designing, planning and managing the construction, maintenance and rebuilding of infrastructural facilities. These include roads, tunnels, bridges, airports, buildings and water treatment facilities.
A construction engineer is the key to successfully completing a construction project. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to coordinate a team that includes civil engineers and construction managers to solve technical challenges of complex construction projects in ways that best meet the unique demands of a particular environment.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction engineering, you’ll have the technical skills, business knowledge, and communication capability to serve as a leader on construction projects.
Jobs in Construction Engineering
The B.S. in Construction Engineering degree at Georgia Southern meets the growing demand from students and employers for engineering programs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in all branches of civil engineering (including construction engineering) are expected to grow by 6% between now and 2028. In 2019, the average median salary for civil engineers was $87,060 per year, or $41.86 per hour.
$87,060 per year
Growth rate of 6%
expected through 2028
Jobs in construction engineering include:
- Construction manager
- Engineering technician
- Design engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Maintenance supervisor
- Project engineer
- Transportation engineer
- Bridge engineer
- Highway civil engineer
- Geotechnical engineer
- CAD technician
- Facilities manager
Program Educational Objectives
The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of Construction Engineering at Georgia Southern University are to prepare its graduates to:
- be successfully employed in Construction Engineering or a closely related field with the ability to apply principles of construction engineering and management to solve practical construction engineering problems.
- actively engage in professional development activities such as attaining professional licensure, participating in professional societies, and pursuing continuing educational opportunities that may lead to advanced certifications.
- demonstrate the ability to effectively explain and justify their technical and management solutions to a range of audiences, as well as work in multi-disciplinary teams with an appreciation of diverse perspectives.
Program Student Outcomes
Students completing the Construction Engineering program will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to 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
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to 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
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: registered professional engineer (PE).
For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for a professional engineer license or certificate, click HERE to check the requirements of your state or territory.
The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for a professional engineering license in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
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Department of Civil Engineering and Construction
Engineering Building, Rm. 1120A
201 COBA Drive, Building 232
Statesboro, GA 30458
Last updated: 5/27/2021