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Overview

In Construction Engineering program at Southern Polytechnic State University, the traditional areas of Civil Engineering and Construction Management are combined to produce graduates who are able to work effectively in all aspects of the construction industry.

Construction Engineering requires rigorous training in basic engineering principles along with the development of skills in the areas of planning and management of construction projects and the associated systems and resources. Graduates of Construction Engineering will be required to master technical elements and to demonstrate particular competence in the areas of communication, fiscal management, and project control. The broad-based background is tailored to develop professionals who will be able to move between the technical and managerial aspects of construction projects and to serve in key leadership positions within the construction industry.

Graduates can look forward to employment by construction companies; city and county construction departments; state and federal transportation organizations (such as the Georgia Department of Transportation); and civil engineering consulting and design firms. Graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in construction related fields as well, including construction engineering design, construction operations and management, construction planning and cost estimating. Typical job titles for graduates may include construction engineer, project engineer, project supervisor, construction manager, and design engineer.

The Construction Engineering curriculum offers a balance of coursework in engineering analysis, engineering design, construction practice, and construction management. It is an ABET-EAC accredited program!

 

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe career and professional accomplishments that the program prepares graduates to achieve during the first few years following graduation. In practice graduates of the Construction Engineering Program will:

  1. Meet the educational requirements to pursue registration as a professional engineer in the State of Georgia and other states in the nation.
  2. Demonstrate career advancement with increasing responsibility in the (heavy) construction industry as owners, managers, lead engineers, or other key positions of leadership.
  3. Be capable of pursuing graduate education in construction engineering, civil engineering, and related fields.

 
Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes are statements that describe knowledge and skills acquired by students that complete the program and which prepare them to achieve the educational objectives. The program outcomes are demonstrated by students at or before graduation. Students completing the construction engineering program will be able to:  

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  1. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  1. Design a construction engineering system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  1. Function as productive team members and team leaders in defining and solving construction engineering problems. 
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  1. Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  1. Communicate effectively in written, oral, graphical, and mathematical formats appropriate to construction engineering
  1. Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  1. Demonstrate recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues
  1. Demonstrate an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 
  1. Demonstrate a proficiency in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, probability and statistics, general chemistry, and calculus-based physics;
  1. Demonstrate a proficiency in engineering design in a construction engineering specialty field;
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of legal and professional practice issues related to the construction industry.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of construction processes, communications, methods, materials, systems, equipment, planning, scheduling, safety, cost analysis and cost control.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of management topics such as economics, business, accounting, law, statistics, ethics, leadership, decision and optimization methods, process analysis and design, engineering economics, engineering management, safety, and cost engineering.

 

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Below Table shows the enrollment and graduation trends for the Construction Engineering program for past five academic years:

 

Academic Year  

2009 – 2010

Academic Year

2010 - 2011

Academic Year

2011 - 2012

Academic Year

2012 - 2013

Academic Year

2013 -  2014

Full-time

Students

65

49

32

23

21

Part-time

Students

18

14

9

9

11

CnE

Graduates

14

20

12

7

1 (Su13)

 

  • Data from SPSU internal Web Reports wsgr0600 and wsfr0824
  • Enrollment counts are Fall terms only – Year 2009-10 = Fall 2009, etc.
  • Graduate (degree awarded) are 3 term by Fiscal Year – Summer/Fall/Spring 
  • Full- time undergraduate 12+ hours