Prairie Business Magazine - Construction 2017

Q&A: Construction Management and Engineering

Gary Smith Dean 2017-06-06 13:16:39

Q: WHAT’S THE AVERAGE ENROLLMENT IN NDSU’S CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT FOR A SEMESTER? A: In the past three years, the average undergraduate enrollments are 42 students enrolled in construction engineering and 170 students pursuing c onstruc tion management degrees. As a whole, the two programs combined exp erienc ed a 27 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment during the past three years. Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MAIN SKILLS STUDENTS LEARN AND HOW WILL THOSE SKILLS BE APPLIED IN THEIR CAREERS? A: Students in the construction engineering and construction management programs learn skills important to meet the needs of the growing and changing construction industry in their future careers. Some of the fundamental student outcomes from both of these programs include skills in problem solving, analyzing and interpreting data, working in teams, understanding professional and ethical responsibility and enhancing written and oral communication skills. Specifically, the construction engineering program combines the fundamentals of civil engineering design with the principles of construction. Students take a core group of construction courses in the areas of estimating, scheduling and construction operations. They also take math, science and engineering courses to learn the principles of design as they relate to analyzing and solving problems in the construction industry. The combination of skills produces well-rounded construction professionals who are prepared to enter a variety of construction sectors, including commercial, residential, transportation and infrastructure systems. With their technical elective credits, students can specialize in areas such as structures, water resources and transportation. The construction engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Graduating seniors are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step toward completing their license as a Professional Engineer. The construction management program is designed to prepare students for the construction, business and management aspects of working in the construction industry. The coursework focuses on construction techniques and management of the overall construction process, including the efficient use of people, equipment, materials and processes to maximize project operations. The construction management program requires a minor in business management. The construction management degree is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. Students in the program are encouraged to take the Associate Construction exam from the American Institute of Constructors. The exam is the initial step in achieving Certified Professional Constructor certification. Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FINISH THE PROGRAM, AND WHAT DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE DO STUDENTS EARN? A: At the undergraduate level, NDSU offers Bachelor of Science degrees in construction management and construction engineering. Both are designed to be four-year programs. At the graduate level, NDSU offers a Master of Science in construction management as well as a doctorate in civil engineering with an emphasis on construction. NDSU also offers a Graduate Cer tificate in Construction Management for students who have earned their undergraduate degree in construction, engineering, architecture or other related discipline. The nine-credit certificate program provides an online graduate-level learning experience in estimating, scheduling and project management. Q: DO MOST STUDENTS WHO FINISH THE CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM LEAVE THE REGION FOR EMPLOYMENT POST-GRADUATION? A: The program has graduated 123 students over the past three years. Of the 106 graduates who reported their employment status through a survey, 34 percent are employed within 100 miles of Fargo. Overall, 47 percent are employed in North Dakota, 34 percent in Minnesota and 19 percent are employed elsewhere. Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAREERS STUDENTS PURSUE AFTER GRADUATION? A: Graduates of the construction engineering and construction management programs have a wide range of employment opportunities with government agencies, consulting companies and construction companies. They typically work on public infrastructure projects, commercial construction, industrial construction or residential construction. In general, students who graduate will take entry-level positions in the industry and often have their first assignment at a project site as an assistant to a project manager or a field engineer. They often rotate into project estimating and scheduling roles as needed within the company. In most cases, graduates have had an internship with the company or other companies prior to employment.

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