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Construction Engineering

Major Information

Construction engineers are equipped to design and oversee the construction, maintenance, and rebuilding of infrastructural facilities such as roads, bridges, airports, buildings, and water treatment facilities in ways that best meet the unique demands of a particular environment. Construction engineers will often work with, and coordinate a team including civil engineers and construction managers to solve technical challenges of complex construction projects. While a civil engineer generally focuses on design, and the construction manager focuses on the management of time and resources, the construction engineer bridges the gap between these two professions with additional engineering, technical and management skills necessary for the efficient and safe delivery of complex projects. You will need to have strong analytical skills and an ability to function in an interdisciplinary team environment.

A construction engineer wears many hats when directing and assessing a project. You will survey the area where the job is to be built, paying special attention to environmental issues or government regulations (such as building codes) that are involved so you can prepare reports on your findings and consult with others involved in the project, such as environmental groups, governmental agencies, and third-party construction companies.

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
    • Specializations: Bridge structure, Building/Civil information modeling, Environmental engineering, Green and sustainable construction, Operations management, Quality and risk management, Soils and foundations, Transportation engineering, Water and wastewater systems

Sample Occupations

  • Area Engineer
  • City/State/Federal Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Bridge structures
  • Soils and foundations
  •  Water and wastewater systems
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Engineering Intern (EIT)
  • Engineering Manager*
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Building/Civil Information Modeling
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Hydrologist
  • Land Surveyor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  •  Green and sustainable construction
  •  Quality and risk management

Sample Work Settings

  • Airports
  • Consulting Engineering Firms
  • Dept. of Transportation (State & Federal)
  • Government Agencies
  • General Contractors (Heavy/Civil)
  • Private Materials Testing Laboratories
  • Railroads
  • Transportation Firms
  • Utility Companies

Sample Employers

  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Gulfstream Aerospace
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • CB&I
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • EMC Engineering Services, Inc.
  • US Army
  • AECOM
  • Reeves Construction Company
  • Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co.
  • Terracon
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Wolverton & Associates, Inc.
  • Mclendon Enterprises
  • Southern Nuclear
  • Georgia Power Company
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Maxwell – Reddick and Associates, Inc.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CDM Smith
  • Thomas & Hutton
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Army National Guard

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Undergraduate Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.myjsi.com/NACE/jobseekers/salary-calculator.ph

Professional Organizations

American Council of Eng. Companies

 www.acec.org

American Society of Civil Engineers 

www.asce.org

Design-Build Institute of America 

www.dbia.org

National Society of Professional Engineers

www.nspe.org

U.S. Green Building Council 

www.usgbc.org

Georgia Southern Student Organizations

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Professional Tips

  • Use the Surveying-Geomatics Program Pathway to gain an embedded certificate. 
  • Consider taking the exam for Professional Engineering (PE) License in Georgia.
  • Join a student organization.

Résumé Tips

  • Include project experiences such as senior project.
  • Include internship/co-op experience.
  • Include specialization.
  • Include certifications and licenses.
  • Include professional associations NSBE.

Last updated: 7/26/2022