Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
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.
Georgia Southern and the College of Engineering & Computing emphasize hands-on learning to make sure our graduates are ready to start their dynamic careers when they graduate. Activities like labs, participation in competitions through student groups, co-ops and internships, and undergraduate research are important to the College and the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction. 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.
Specializations in the Department of Civil Engineering & Construction:
- 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
Student organizations related to Construction Engineering:
- 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
- Construction Management Association of America
Last updated: 10/10/2018