Construction Engineering, Bachelor of Science

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. They include instruction in civil engineering, structural principles, material testing and evaluation, project management, computer-assisted design, 3D animation, sustainability, and graphic communication.

The Durham School Construction Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of 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 companies 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 constructability as well as its capability to be operated and maintained.

Construction engineering students are required to enroll in a set of courses specifically designed for a 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.

Learning Outcomes
 

Majors in construction engineering will develop:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

NOTE: Numbers are references to ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission outcomes (1 through 7).

Construction Engineering students must pass all courses offered within the College of Engineering and all math and science courses with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition, all seniors are encouraged to take the FE exam before graduation.

Requirements

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENGR 100 FRESHMAN ENGINEERING SEMINAR 0
CHEM 1180 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 3
CHEM 1184 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY 1
CMST 1110 PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS 3
CONE 1030 INTRODUCTION TO CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING 1
CIST 1400 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I 3
MATH 1950 CALCULUS I 5
 Credits16
Second Semester
CNST 2250 INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING 3
MATH 1960 CALCULUS II 5
PHYS 1154 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1 1
PHYS 2110 GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL 4
ACE Elective 2 3
 Credits16
Third Semeseter
ENGR 200 SOPHOMORE ENGINEERING SEMINAR 0
CONE 2210/CIVE 221 GEOMETRIC CONTROL SYSTEMS 3
ENGL 3980 TECHNICAL WRITING ACROSS THE DISCIPLINES 3
MATH 1970 CALCULUS III 4
MENG 2230 ENGINEERING STATICS 3
PHYS 2120 GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL 4
 Credits17
Fourth Semester
CONE 2110 CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS METHODS 3
CONE 2060 ENGINEERING ECONOMICS 3
MATH 2350 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
MENG 3250 MECHANICS OF ELASTIC BODIES 3
MENG 3730 ENGINEERING DYNAMICS 3
 Credits15
Fifth Semester
CIVE 310/MENG 3100 FLUID MECHANICS 3
CIVE 341 INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING 4
CONE 3190 CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND EQUIPMENT 3
CONE/CNST 3780 CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING 3
STAT 3800 APPLIED ENGINEERING PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS 3
 Credits16
Sixth Semester
CIVE 334 INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING 4
CIVE 378 MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION 3
ECON 2200 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS (MICRO) 3 3
ECEN 2110 ELEMENTS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 3
ACE Elective 2 3
 Credits16
Seventh Semester
CIVE 440 REINFORCED CONCRETE DESIGN I 3
CONE/CNST 4760 PROJECT BUDGETS AND CONTROLS 3
CONE/CNST 4850 CONSTRUCTION PLANNING, SCHEDULING, AND CONTROLS 3
CONE 4140 ACCIDENT PREVENTION IN CONSTRUCTION 3
Technical Design elective 4 3
 Credits15
Eighth Semester
CIVE 441 STEEL DESIGN I 3
CONE 4890 CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING CAPSTONE 3
LAWS 3930 BUSINESS LAW FUNDAMENTALS 3
Technical Design elective 4 3
ACE Elective 2 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits126

Technical Electives

Technical electives are selected from the following list. One (3 credit hour) of the required two electives needs to be considered a design technical elective.

Design Technical Electives
CONE 4160WOOD/CONTEMPORARY MATERIALS DESIGN3
CONE 4170FORMWORK SYSTEMS3
CIVE 443ADVANCED STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS3
CIVE 444STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND PLANNING3
CIVE 446STEEL DESIGN II3
CIVE 447REINFORCED CONCRETE II3
Technical Electives
All previously listed Design Technical Electives
CONE 4500SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION3
CNST 4340PROFESSIONAL TRENDS IN DESIGN/BUILD3
CNST 3790CONSTRUCTION ESTIMATING II3
CONE 4660HEAVY AND/OR CIVIL ESTIMATING3
CONE 4980SPECIAL TOPICS IN CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT1-6
CONE 4810HIGHWAY & BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION3
MENG 4200HEAT TRANSFER3