Construction Engineering Technology, BS

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology (299103BS)

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Program Description

The BS in Construction Engineering Technology degree program is an upper-level degree program designed to provide the student with additional education beyond the AAS degree in Construction Engineering Technology. This degree is also designed to meet the formal education requirements for registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio.

This degree program is defined as follows:

  • The first two years are completed as an AAS degree in Construction Engineering Technology or similarly based program.
  • Two years of additional prescribed coursework.
  • A cooperative work experience in the construction field. The student normally enters the co-op segment between the junior and senior years.

The B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology degree program includes classroom, laboratory and industry experiences which prepares students for careers in the construction industry and other allied industries.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Career Opportunities Available

Individuals working in the field of construction engineering technologies use knowledge of construction methods, business operations and management skills to support construction projects. They work on residential or commercial buildings, bridges, roads, dams, wastewater treatment systems, or other similar projects. Common jobs assumed by graduates of this program include:

  • Field Engineer - Monitors activities at construction sites. Works to ensure construction progresses as scheduled and contract specifications are adhered to. Inspects construction site daily and works with contractors to complete scope items.
  • Project Engineer - Under the supervision of the Project Manager, provides technical support to construction staff. Reviews plans and other technical documents, answers questions regarding the scope and/or timing of the project, and monitors costs and project progress.
  • Construction Manager - plan, organize, direct and coordinate building projects. Often called project managers, constructors, construction superintendents, project engineers, construction supervisors, or general contractors.
  • Construction Inspector - ensure that construction, alteration, or repair complies with building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications
  • Construction Coordinator - coordinates construction scheduling and communication and acts as a liaison to project management concerning bids, subcontracting, progress and delays.
  • Cost Estimator or Cost Engineer - responsible for creating the budget for a project to bid on it or aid in the project's management. Monitors and analyzes project cost estimates, expenditures, and forecasts.
  • Scheduler - planning and scheduling of construction work and work crew. Gathers and analyzes information to prepare reports on the progress of projects.
  • Engineering Technician - use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants for the Construction Engineering Technology program must hold an associate degree in Construction Engineering Technology from an accredited program or provide evidence of an equivalent academic background. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 out of a possible 4.0.

Applicants with an associate degree in a discipline other than Construction Engineering Technology will be required to complete a specific formal set of courses as specified at the time of admission. Final approval for admission is based upon recommendations from the Director of the Construction Engineering Technology Program.

Cooperative Work Study Requirement

The required cooperative work study experience of the Construction Engineering Technology program may begin after the student has completed 64 hours of course work in the Construction Engineering Technology program. This requirement may be satisfied by one of the following options:

  1. One semester1 of cooperative education experience, with appropriate course registration.
  2. 120 service hours with a credible construction organization.2
  3. One calendar year of full-time, continuous, and ongoing employment in a construction management related position.2

Requirements for Graduation

  • Compliance with the requirements of the general education program as outlined in this Bulletin.
  • Completion of the requirements for the associate degree in Construction Engineering Technology at The University of Akron or an approved associate degree program
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 120 credits in the B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology Program including the associate degree program, the general education courses, co-op/work study, and Year 3 and Year 4 course requirements.

The following information has official approval of the Department of Civil Engineering and The College of Engineering and Polymer Science, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisors.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.

Requirements

Summary

General Education Requirements *15
Required Math Course3
Accounting Course3
Construction Engineering Technology Core35
Technical Elective3
Credits from completed Associate degree61
Total Hours120

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Diversity
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Capstone
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours34

The first two years are completed as an AAS degree in Construction Engineering Technology (61 credits total) or similarly-based program.  A minimum of 120 credits are required for the degree.  All UA general education requirements must be met.

Required Math Course

MATH:356Technical Calculus II3
Total Hours3

Accounting Course

ACCT:201Accounting Principles I3
or COMM:211 Essentials of Financial Accounting
Total Hours3

Construction Engineering Technology Core

COET:352Field Management & Scheduling2
COET:354Foundation Construction Methods3
COET:356Safety in Construction3
COET:358Advanced Estimating3
COET:371Green & Sustainable Building Practices3
COET:421Risk Management and Contract Strategies3
COET:462Mechanical Service Systems3
COET:468Construction Management3
COET:469Contracts and Specifications3
COET:463Electrical Service Systems3
COET:466Hydraulics3
COET:246Site Engineering3
or SURV:101 Basic Surveying
Total Hours35

Technical Elective

Select 3 credits of the following:3
AMET:332Management of Technology Based Operations
COET:310Residential Building Construction
COET:361Construction Formwork
COET:254Building Codes
COET:239Construction Geomechanics
COET:235Construction Inspection
COET:226Construction Supervision
COET:362Advanced Elements of Structures
COET:465Heavy Construction Estimating
COET:471Understanding LEED Guidelines
COET:489Special Topics in Construction
COET:490Workshop in Construction
COET:497Honors Project
COET:498Independent Study in Construction
Total Hours3

Recommended Sequence

The first two years are completed as an AAS degree in Construction Engineering Technology (61 credits total) or similarly-based program. A minimum of 120 credits are required for the degree. All UA general education requirements for the BS must be met.

Plan of Study Grid
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHours
MATH:356 Technical Calculus II 3
COET:352 Field Management & Scheduling 1 2
COET:354 Foundation Construction Methods 1 3
Social Science Requirement 4 3
Humanities Requirement 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
COET:356 Safety in Construction 2 3
COET:358 Advanced Estimating 2 3
COET:371 Green & Sustainable Building Practices 2 3
ACCT:201 Accounting Principles I 3
Arts Requirement 3
 Hours15
Summer Semester
BCAS:301 Cooperative Education (15 weeks) 0
 Hours0
4th Year
Fall Semester
COET:462 Mechanical Service Systems 3
COET:468 Construction Management 1 3
COET:469 Contracts and Specifications 3
Technical Elective 3 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
COET:463 Electrical Service Systems 3
COET:421 Risk Management and Contract Strategies 3
COET:466 Hydraulics 2 3
COET:226 Construction Supervision 3
Social Science Requirement 5 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours59

Policy Alert: By the end of your first 48 credit hours attempted, you must have completed your required General Education English, Mathematics, and Communications (Speech) requirements.