B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology


Fairleigh Dickinson University's Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Construction Engineering Technology is one of only 25 such programs in the entire country accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Our program emphasizes applications, design and hands-on lab experience. The degree is offered through the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, located within University College: Arts · Science · Professional Studies at the Metropolitan Campus.

Construction engineering technologists use both technical and management skills to plan and build infrastructures and facilities such as buildings and houses. They apply the knowledge and principles of construction practices, management, labor, materials, and systems; building structures; cost estimating; planning and financing to construction projects.

The Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology program educates and trains students in the areas of building construction including construction project design, development and management. The curriculum offers a 50/50 combination of theoretical and laboratory coursework and it emphasizes applications of mathematics, science and engineering principles to implementation, development and improvement of current technology. the program is most suitable for students who prefer applications and hands-on laboratory experience over theory.

Students who have a strong inclination toward math, science and technology, or who simply like to tinker, or who are curious how things work, typically do well in engineering technology. Positive attitudes, willingness to work hard, self-discipline, perseverance and high motivation play a major role in the students' academic success as well as in their engineering technology career.

Students are encouraged to work with faculty on research or design projects through Independent Study, the University Honors Program and the Construction Technology Design Project. Their projects have included cost estimation, construction management and cash-flow analysis. These construction practices are applied to the excavation, foundation and steel structure of a 50,000-square-foot warehouse in Carlstadt, N.J.; the addition and alteration of a building in Manhattan at 17th St. and 7th Avenue; construction of a personnel tunnel between two buildings on the University of Minnesota campus; and construction and development of 300 frame houses.

University College also has developed the Support Our Student (SOS) program to enhance student academic success and to help in the retention of freshmen. The merits of the SOS program have been lauded in the The New York Times Courses under the SOS program include many fundamental courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statics and Strength of Materials that are required courses for construction engineering technology students.

The University Honors program is designed to meet the academic needs of students with exceptional ability and promise. Senior honors students undertake independent research, present their research at an annual University Honors Research Day and submit a senior honors thesis. Students also have been involved in a variety of design projects, including design of modular buildings, warehouse facilities, airplane hanger structures and gymnasiums.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates of this program work in the construction industry as contractors, field supervisors, project managers, job superintendents, estimators, saftey specialists, schedulers and examiners. The job market for construction engineering technologists has been excellent. The average starting salary is about $50,000, significantly higher than for graduates of non-technical disciplines.

Professional positions held by our graduates include: project managers, project engineer, field engineer, president/CEO, owner/manager, office manager, cost engineer, and project executive.

Special Facilities:

The engineering and engineering technology programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University have received recognition and support from the industry. The Joseph L. Muscarelle Co., one of the biggest and most success ful construction firms in New Jersey, donated funds and built the Muscarelle Center for Construction Studies --- the home of the Engineering and Technology Division of the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. AlliedSignal (now merged with Honeywell), a conglomerate of high tech companies in New Jersey, donated $1 million to support engineering and engineering technology programs.

The Metropolitan campus has six general-purpose computer labs with a total of  nearly 200 Intel Core 2 vPro processor computers available for student use. Four of these labs, with a total of 111 computers, are dedicated solely for majors in the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. Also available is a multimedia lab equipped with high-resolution color printers and scanners for the production of high-quality graphics, animation and multimedia presentations.  All PCs are connected to the University Network and to the Internet. All buildings, including residence halls and library, are connected with either fiber or high-speed serial links.

Programming language compilers available include Visual BASIC, C, C++ and Assembly. Software packages for engineering and engineering technology students are MathCAD, Electronic Workbench, AutoCAD, Primavera, PSPICE, Microsoft Office Suite, Motorola Digital Signal Processing Development Software, Simulink and MATLAB with various toolboxes such as Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Signal Processing, Image Processing, Communications, Control, System Identification and Symbolic Math.

Labs that are of interest to construction engineering technology students are the Chemistry labs; Physics labs; Computer and Graphics lab; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning lab; and Surveying, Soils, Mechanics, Concrete and Materials Testing labs.

Unique Opportunities:
Faculty members have accompanied students to construction sites to study how actual construction is done, and to tour sewage treatment plants. They have advised students in presentation and design competitions such as the Construction Management Competition conducted in Atlantic City and the MCAA’s HVAC based competition most recently held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Local construction firms have conducted seminars and workshops at the Metropolitan Campus, free of charge to any Fairleigh Dickinson student. For example, a six day workshop for project superintendent training was conducted by C. Raimondo & Sons Construction Co., Inc. The North Jersey Section of the IEEE, the largest engineering association with 350,000 members world wide, also has conducted seminars on campus. The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering regularly hosts guest speakers from the local industry and nearby institutions to speak to students as well.

Students can join various student chapters of professional organizations such as American Society of Civil Engineers, associated Builders and Contractors, Building Contractors Association, Society of Women Engineers, the institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association is very active.
All students have the opportunity to participate in projects and competitions relevant to their major. For more information, please visit GHSCSE Student Projects and Competitions website.
Program Enrollment and Degree Data:
The official fall term enrollment figures (head count) of the B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology program for the last five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.
Enrollment and Degree Data of the
B.S.
 in Construction Engineering Technology Program

 

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Degrees Awarded

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Associates

Bachelors

Masters

Doctorates

Current Year

2012 -2013

FT

4

1

2

3

 

10

   

4

 

 

PT

0

0

0

0

 

0

 

1

2011 -2012

FT

6

3

3

0

 

12

   

1

 

 

PT

1

0

1

1

 

3

 

2

2010 -2011

FT

6

3

1

2

 

12

   

0

 

 

PT

0

0

0

0

 

0

 

3

2009 -2010

FT

7

1

4

1

 

13

   

3

 

 

PT

0

1

1

1

 

3

 

4

2008 -2009

FT

2

3

2

2

 

9

   

3

 

 

PT

1

1

0

2

 

4