What is Construction Engineering Technology?
Four-year engineering technology programs are a relatively new development in technical education. The Construction Engineering Technology program at Montana State University-Bozeman was initiated in the early 1960s to satisfy the growing demand by industry for this type of education. The program is designed to prepare students for management and supervisory positions in the construction industry or for a contributing role in team efforts in engineered construction.
The course of study provides a well-rounded, four-year university education and leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology. In addition to the major core of courses in technical and construction-related areas, there are fundamental courses in mathematics, basic sciences, business, humanities, social sciences, and in written and oral communications.
Administered by the Department of Civil Engineering, the Construction Engineering Technology curriculum at Montana State University-Bozeman is structured to provide a strong analytical and technical orientation relative to construction. With additional credits taken, the student may also pursue areas of specialization or minors in business management, surveying and photogrammetry, and industrial engineering.
Mathematics and Basic Sciences
- Calculus (Differential & Integral)
- Core Technology
- Applied Analysis
- Graphics & Descriptive Geometry
- Statics & Strength of Materials
- Aggregates & Concrete
- Behavior of Materials
- Highway Technology
- Soils, Excavating & Foundation Construction
- Fluid Mechanics
- Building Construction & Structures
- Organization & Administration
- Methods, Production, Equipment
- Estimating & Scheduling
- Management & Safety
- Computer Programming & Application
- Building Systems
- Professional Electives
Business & Related
- Engineering Economy
An important part of the Construction Engineering Technology program is laboratory work with various materials to determine their physical properties. Modern, well-equipped laboratories are used in many courses. These laboratories are located in Cobleigh Hall. Students perform laboratory work on:
- Aggregates for concrete and paving
- Hydraulics and fluid measurements
The Montana Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is very active in support of our Construction Engineering Technology program. The student chapter of the AGC has regular monthly meetings where outside practitioners talk on their specialties and also conduct field trips to projects under construction.
Upper-level students have the opportunity to work full time for contractors and owners as student interns for one or two semesters during their last two years of schooling.
In addition, the AGC industry and consulting firms participate in an extensive scholarship program for students.
Since program inception in 1960, over 1,000 MSU Construction Engineering Technology graduates have been employed in the following disciplines:
- Contractor - 60%
- Industrial - 11%
- Engineering Consultants - 7%
- Government - 10%
- Military - 4%
- Graduate School - 3%
- Other - 5%
Graduates employed by contractors are involved in the management of resources for the construction of highways, buildings, and large industrial plants. In the field, they are planning, scheduling, controlling costs, and supervising actual construction. In the office, graduates are involved with planning and scheduling work, and estimating and bidding for all types of construction projects.
Those graduates working within consulting engineering firms are principally involved in construction inspection, testing of construction materials, and construction and engineering surveys.
A number of the graduates are involved in technical sales as representatives of equipment and materials suppliers.
Geographical placement of the aforementioned 1,000 graduates has been primarily in the West. Montana has retained over 30 percent. The remaining Western and Rocky Mountain states accounted for 60 percent.
In view of predicted activity particularly in the infrastructure area, it appears that Construction Engineering Technology graduates can continue to select Montana for vocational placement.