Description

Construction engineering (CONE) is a program of the Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. The construction engineering major integrates engineering, construction and management courses. This program is designed for persons fulfilling the construction industry’s need for licensed professional engineers. It resembles the construction management program but provides a greater emphasis on engineering, scientific, and technical courses to meet requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. The courses focus on the application of engineering principles to solve real-world construction problems. They include instruction in civil engineering, structural principles, material testing and evaluation, project management, computer-assisted design, 3D animation, sustainability and graphic communication.

The Durham School Construction Engineering program is accredited by EAC-ABET, Inc.
 

The educational objectives of the construction engineering program are to produce graduates who will (in three to five years after graduation):

  • Possess knowledge acquisition skills enabling them to remain current throughout their careers;
  • Apply engineering principles of analysis and design to the systems being constructed;
  • Employ technical skills with innovation and dedication to pursue improved functionality, increased efficiency and decreased costs;
  • Use communication skills to effectively share their ideas with many forms of media;
  • Adapt to the constantly changing, interdisciplinary design and construction fields by applying teamwork and team building skills; and
  • Apply appropriate construction practices including business organization, estimating, scheduling, project delivery and ethics.

Under the stimulus of increasing demand for global services, many Nebraska companies have expanded their reach well beyond U.S. borders. This demand gives the construction engineering graduate an unprecedented number of opportunities for employment (locally, nationally, and internationally), and for pursuing an advanced degree at UNL or elsewhere.

Construction engineers participate in the preparation of engineering and architectural documents, including specifications, which they translate into finished projects, such as buildings for housing, commerce and industry, highways, railroads, waterways, airports, power plants, energy distribution systems, military bases and space center complexes. These projects involve thousands of details shared by a team of owners, architects, engineers, general constructors, specialty constructors, manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment distributors, regulatory bodies and agencies, labor resources and others. The constructor assumes responsibility for delivery of the completed project at a specified time and cost and also accepts associated legal, financial and management obligations. Because of the broad scope of the construction engineer’s project responsibility, he/she must assure the project’s constructability as well as its capability to be operated and maintained.

Construction engineering students are required to enroll in a set of courses specifically designed for a general construction education. Each student selects, with the guidance of an advisor, a set of approved electives. The program outlined below leads to the bachelor of science degree in construction engineering.

College Requirements

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

  1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.
  2. 4 units of English.
  3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).
  4. 2 units of a single foreign language.
  5. 3 units of social studies.
  6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.
  7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 Writing and Inquiry or ENGL 151 Writing and Argument.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or Engineering Student Services if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents, and be calculus-ready. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in construction engineering will be able to:

  1. Professional Achievement: The ConE program prepares graduates to become Licensed Professional Engineers and Certified Professional Constructors.
  2. Career Achievement: The ConE program prepares graduates to contribute to society by working in an occupation related to the architecture-engineering-construction industry.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Degree (City campus)

First Semester
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
COMM 286Business and Professional Communication3
CONE 103Introduction to Construction Engineering1
CSCE 155NComputer Science I: Engineering and Science Focus3
ENGR 10Freshman Engineering Seminar0
MATH 106Calculus I5
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Second Semester
MATH 107Calculus II4
PHYS 211General Physics I4
PHYS 221General Physics Laboratory I1
CNST 225Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)3
ACE Elective
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Third Semester
CIVE 221 / CONE 221Geometric Control Systems3
ENGR 20Sophomore Engineering Seminar0
MATH 208Calculus III4
MECH 223Engineering Statics3
PHYS 212General Physics II4
JGEN 200Technical Communication I3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17
Fourth Semester
CONE 211Construction Business Methods3
BSEN 206 / CONE 206Engineering Economics3
MATH 221Differential Equations3
MECH 325Mechanics of Elastic Bodies3
MECH 373Engineering Dynamics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Fifth Semester
ECEN 211Elements of Electrical Engineering I3
CIVE 341Introduction to Structural Engineering4
CONE 319Construction Methods and Equipment3
CONE 378 / CNST 378Construction Estimating3
MECH 310 / CIVE 310Fluid Mechanics3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Sixth Semester
CIVE 334Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering4
CIVE 378Materials of Construction3
ECON 212Principles of Microeconomics3
ACE Elective
MATH 380 / STAT 380Statistics and Applications3
or MECH 321 Engineering Statistics and Data Analysis
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Seventh Semester
CIVE 440Reinforced Concrete Design I3
CONE 414Accident Prevention in Construction3
or CNST 444 Construction Site Safety Management
CONE 476 / CNST 476Project Budgets and Controls3
CONE 485 / CNST 485Construction Planning, Scheduling, and Controls3
Technical Elective3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Eighth Semester
CIVE 441Steel Design I3
CONE 489Construction Engineering Capstone Course3
BLAW 371Legal Environment3
Technical Elective3
ACE Elective
Choose one course from not yet satisfied ACE outcomes 5, 7, or 93
Credit Hours Subtotal: 15
Total Credit Hours125

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

All course work must be of C grade level or higher to be credited toward graduation requirements or to be valid as a prerequisite for another course.

Electives

Students are required to enroll in a predetermined set of courses specifically designed for general construction education. Each student selects, with the approval of his/her advisor, a set of approved electives.

Technical electives are selected from the following list. One (3 credit hour) of the required two electives needs to be considered a design technical elective.

Design Technical Electives

CONE 416Wood and / or Contemporary Materials Design3
CONE 417Formwork Systems3
CONE 481Highway and Bridge Construction3
CONE 483Support of Excavation3
CIVE 443Advanced Structural Analysis3
CIVE 444Structural Design and Planning3
CIVE 446Steel Design II3
CIVE 447Reinforced Concrete Design II3

Technical Electives

All previously listed Design Technical Electives

CNST 379Construction Estimating II3
CNST 434The Design/Build Project Delivery System3
CONE 450Sustainable Construction3
CONE 466Heavy and/or Civil Estimating3
CONE 498Special Projects1-6
MECH 420Heat Transfer3

ACE Requirements

The CONE program follows the UNL ACE general education requirements. Because of the specific needs of the program, several of these courses are specified in the curriculum. Please contact Melissa Hoffman at melissa.hoffman@unl.edu or 402-554-4482, if you are interested in more information about this program.

CONE103
Introduction to Construction Engineering

Description: Introduction to the organization and terminology of construction engineering. Overview of technical and management skills required to succeed in the construction engineering profession.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

CONE206
Engineering EconomicsCrosslisted with BSEN 206

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing

Description: Introduction to methods of economic comparisons of engineering alternatives: time value of money, depreciation, taxes, concepts of accounting, activity-based costing, ethical principles, civics and stewardship, and their importance to society.

This course is a prerequisite for: MECH 343

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

CONE211
Construction Business Methods

Prerequisites: CONE 103.

Description: Business concepts and practices used by construction contractors. The construction industry, management principles, forms of business ownership, company organization, construction contracts, estimating and bidding, business ethics, bonds and insurance, financial statements, cost accounting, equipment management, planning and scheduling, labor relations and personnel management.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE221
Geometric Control SystemsCrosslisted with CIVE 221

Prerequisites: MATH 106/106B/108H

Description: Introduction to the theory and application of mensuration and geometric information processing in civil engineering. Measurement of distance, direction, elevation, and location using mechanical, electronic, and satellite systems. Collection of field data and error propagation. Elementary geometric data bases for design, construction, operation, and control of civil works.

This course is a prerequisite for: CIVE 361

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LAB

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE319
Construction Methods and Equipment

Prerequisites: (UNO) ISMG 2060

Description: Characteristics, capabilities, and selection of equipment and methods used in the building construction industry. Estimating job production, equipment production rates, machine operating costs, earth-moving equipment, hoisting equipment, operations analysis, and use of various other construction and methods and equipment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE378
Construction EstimatingCrosslisted with CNST 378

Prerequisites: CNST 242 or (UNO) CONE 2420.

Description: Preparation of detailed cost estimates based on contract documents. Identify and analyze cost components to perform a reliable quantity take-off. Recap components in their common trade areas for labor, material, and equipment pricing. Introduction to subcontractor bids and assembly of bid proposal.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 379; CNST 440

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE414
Accident Prevention in Construction

Prerequisites: Senior standing; CONE 211 and 319.

Description: Safety practices in the construction industry and the national safety and health standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The theory of accidents; personal attitudes; statistics and environment; accident occurrence; prevention and inspection in connection with the construction of buildings, highways, and associated heavy facilities. Nationally accepted safety codes and their relationship to accept practices in the industry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE416
Wood and / or Contemporary Materials DesignCrosslisted with CONE 816

Prerequisites: CIVE 341

Description: Design of structural timber, beams, columns, and connections. Introduction to applicable design philosophies and codes. Overview of materials design. Masonry, aluminum, and contemporary materials such as plastics and fiber reinforced systems and composite material groups. Design considerations, cost and constructability analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE417
Formwork SystemsCrosslisted with CONE 817

Prerequisites: CONE 416; parallel CIVE 441

Description: Design of structural timber, beams, columns, and connections. Introduction to applicable design philosophies and codes. Overview of materials design. masonry, aluminum, and contemporary materials such as plastics and fiber reinforced systems and composite material groups. Design considerations, cost and constructability analysis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE450
Sustainable ConstructionCrosslisted with CONE 850

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Description: Sustainable construction and its application to the green building industry. LEED certification process, sustainable building site management, efficient waste water applications, optimizing energy performance, indoor environmental issues, performance measurement and/or verification, recycled content and certified renewable materials.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE459
BIM I: Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)Crosslisted with CONE 859

Prerequisites: CNST 112 Construction, or Graduate standing in AREN, CIVE, CNST, or CONE.

Description: This course instructs CAD users on the effective use of Building Information Model (BIM) for Integration of design, document and Construction Estimate. Topics include: model-based 3D design, file formats, interoperability, and MEP modeling.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE466
Heavy and/or Civil EstimatingCrosslisted with CONE 866

Prerequisites: CONE 319, CONE 378, and CONE 485.

Description: Estimating techniques and strategies for heavy and/or civil construction. Unit pricing, head and civil constructions takeoffs and estimating, equipment analysis, overhead cost and allocations, estimating software and government contracts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE476
Project Budgets and ControlsCrosslisted with CNST 476

Prerequisites: Open to College of Engineering Students only.

Description: The basic systems related to revenues and expenses associated with record keeping of construction contracts. Managerial accounting related to planning and control of construction projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE481
Highway and Bridge ConstructionCrosslisted with CONE 881

Prerequisites: Senior standing; CONE/CNST 241.

Description: The methods and equipment required in the construction of roads and bridges. Methods and equipment necessary for roads and bridges. Substructure and superstructures, precast and cast-in-place segments, and standard and specialized equipment.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE482
Heavy and/or Civil ConstructionCrosslisted with CNST 482, CNST 882, CONE 882

Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate standing in ARCH, AREN, CIVE, CNST, or CONE.

Description: Application of management principles to the construction of heavy and/or civil projects. History, theory, and methods of planning and constructing heavy and/or civil projects. Emerging equipment and new equipment capabilities. Economical use of equipment and managing costs associated with production.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE483
Support of ExcavationCrosslisted with CONE 883

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Description: The design and placement of excavation supports according to OSHA requirements and industry standards. A variety of routine to moderately complex support systems. Open excavations, heet piling and cofferdams, soil mechanics, lateral loads, hydrology, and pumping methods.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE485
Construction Planning, Scheduling, and ControlsCrosslisted with CNST 485, CNST 885, CONE 885

Prerequisites: CNST 378; CNST 2250 (UNO)

Description: Planning and scheduling a construction project using the critical path methods (CPM) with computer applications. Project pre-planning, logic networks, network construction, time estimates, critical path, float time, crash programs, scheduling, and monitoring project activities.

This course is a prerequisite for: CNST 489

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

CONE489
Construction Engineering Capstone Course

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

CONE 489 is to be taken in the term preceding graduation. CONE 489 embodies the cumulative CONE experience in a project format and uses teams to simulate actual construction enterprises operating in cooperative and competitive situations which replicate the construction industry.

Description: An integrated, comprehensive project.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

CONE498
Special Projects

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Individual research on a selected technical, structural, materials or management problem in construction.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Construction Engineer, Olsson Associates - Omaha NE
  • Project Engineer, JE Dunn Construction - Denver CO
  • Assistant Project Manager, Adolfson Peterson Construction - Aurora CO
  • Project Engineer, Team Industrial - Omaha NE
  • Project Engineer, Darland Construction Co. - Omaha NE

Internships

  • Intern, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company - Boston MA
  • Intern, The Department of Design and Construction - New York NY
  • Project Management Intern, Cheever Construction Company - Lincoln NE
  • Field Technician, Thiele Geotech Inc. - Omaha NE
  • Field Engineer, Kiewit - Phoenix AZ