Construction Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering program expands students’ knowledge to prepare graduates for design, oversight, management, inspection, and planning career roles in support of the construction sector. Based on a rigorous foundation in basic sciences, math, engineering sciences, design principles, and civil engineering topics, students will learn the fundamental and practical skills to apply engineering skills, sustainable practices, and management principles into the built environment. Graduates will be prepared to translate design concepts into the built environment in a wide variety of sectors, from infrastructure to commercial and residential construction to fill a myriad of job opportunities available. The curriculum includes topics in scheduling, estimating, project economics, cost control, communication, and project administration, all valuable skills for the booming construction industry.

Desired Student Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively; (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Relevant tools in construction practice to plan, design, monitor, inspect and manage construction operations

Curriculum is still under construction


Possible Career Areas

  • Construction inspection / oversight
  • Construction operations design
  • Construction planning
  • Construction management

Typical work for construction engineers

  • upfront planning to ensure the proper budget, schedules, materials, labor resources, and contracts will be in place at the right time
  • design of temporary structures that can support construction operations required in elevated or multistory construction or in deep excavations
  • construction project management to manage budgets, site operations, and trade or project schedules
  • identification of field conditions, adjustments to the project schedule, project oversight, safety, cost control, phasing operation execution, and communication with clients and subcontractors
  • oversight of construction activities for worker safety, code compliance, contract adherence, and material controls
Mines Construction Engineering students looking at blueprints at a job site

Karen Gupta, P.E.

Mines’ Construction Engineering graduates will be equipped with the vital tools needed to make significant contributions to the future of construction and have industry support and collaboration opportunities. The curriculum provides skills to analyze, communicate, plan, and monitor all aspects of the construction process. This new degree program was crafted through a lens of industry experience and built on Mines’ foundation in innovative teaching and sustainability.

Come and join us as we build something great at the Colorado School of Mines!

-Professor of Practice, Construction Engineering

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