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CONTACT INFORMATION: 225 Mechanical Engineering Building
Box 43107, Lubbock, TX 79409-3107
T 806.742.3538, F 806.742.1699,

About the Program

This department supervises the following degree programs and certificate:

  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (Program being phased out. No new students.)
  • Graduate Certificate in Construction Engineering and Management

While the new construction engineering program is being phased in, the engineering technology program is being phased out and will no longer accept new students. The engineering technology program options will remain in place until students enrolled in the two options have been given reasonable time to complete their curriculum. Students may select coursework in one of two specializations: construction engineering technology, or mechanical engineering technology. These two options are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012,, 410.347.7700. The Bachelor of Science degree programs in construction engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, 410.347.7700,

Mission. The Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) department’s mission is to provide comprehensive, state-of- the-art, applied engineering-based programs with graduates who are well-educated in both the technical disciplines and the humanities and are prepared to contribute to society and excel in a diverse and highly competitive global workforce.

Program Educational Objectives. The undergraduate program educational objectives embody the expected accomplishments of graduates during their first few years following graduation. The program educational objectives of the Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) as adopted by the CEET faculty, CEET Advisory Council and the CEET Student Advisory Council are as follows:

  • Have a strong personal sense of professionalism and pride in their chosen career field,
  • Engage in professional service, such as participation in a professional society and community service.
  • Advance to higher levels of professional responsibility.
  • Be committed to professional development via obtaining professional registration, certification, or other such credentials as appropriate to their career, professional training, or via completing post-baccalaureate course work.

These objectives are published in the university’s catalog and on the Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology website.

Student Outcomes. Student outcomes are statements of the expectations for the knowledge and skills that students should possess when they graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Graduates of the program with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering must demonstrate the following:

  • 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.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • 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.

Graduates of the program with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology must demonstrate the following:

  • An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  • A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Construction Engineering Program Overview. Construction engineers are responsible for the execution of a wide range of duties associated with the design and management of construction processes required to take a project described in written form by a set of plans and specifications and transform it into a finished, usable, physical facility or structure.

Construction engineers are concerned with planning and managing construction sequences and operations, estimating and managing construction costs and cash flow, managing quality control of the materials and construction processes, designing temporary structures, controlling building geometry, maintaining site safety and site layout, and controlling material procurement and storage. These concerns are applied to primary projects and to secondary mechanical/electrical subsystems contained within the projects. Projects that construction engineers manage include, but are not limited to, highways, bridges, hospitals, commercial buildings, schools, power generation plants, dams, and offshore drilling platforms. The construction engineering program at Texas Tech prepares students for job duties that emphasize the application of engineering knowledge to the solution of practical construction problems.

The construction engineering curriculum includes a general contractor emphasis. The CONE curriculum stresses structural design, general construction operations and procedures, mechanical/electrical sub-systems design and installation, and interpretation of code requirements to prepare students to enter various phases of the construction industry. Coursework includes structural design and analysis, contracts and specifications, construction management, safety, surveying, cost estimating, scheduling, steel and/or concrete structures, mechanical/electrical subsystems, various design codes, and field applications.

Engineering Technology Program Overview. The engineering technologist generally works in the applied part of the engineering spectrum and is playing an important role in a technological society. Rather than preparing students to go into research, the engineering technology program prepares students for those engineering activities that emphasize applying engineering knowledge to solving practical industrial problems. The activities of the engineering technologist usually include product development, construction supervision, technical sales, component design, field service engineering, work force coordination, and supervision.

The construction specialization stresses basic structural design and construction operations to prepare students to enter various phases of the construction industry. Coursework includes basic structural design and analysis, contracts and specifications, construction management, safety and health, surveying, cost estimating, scheduling, and transportation.

The mechanical specialization within the engineering technology program is concerned with energy, mechanical devices, and manufacturing. The curriculum gives a good base for further learning, via industrial experience, in all of these areas. The curriculum emphasizes environmental control (heating, ventilating, cooling, and humidity control), steam-powered electric generating plants, manufacturing, and mechanical design. In the area of mechanical devices, the program offers courses in strength of materials, kinematics, dynamics, and design. These courses equip the student to create a mechanical device that will perform the desired function and then design the parts of the mechanical device with sufficient strength to perform that function, including balancing the mechanical device to provide smooth operation. To provide an understanding of manufacturing and of the current industrial practices, the curriculum includes instruction in various types of machine tools and manufacturing processes as well as an introduction to numerical control. Back to Top

Undergraduate Program

General Standards and Requirements. Admission requirements and academic standards for the construction engineering program are consistent with the dynamic enrollment plan for the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Refer to the introduction to the Whitacre College of Engineeringsection of this catalog for a description of the criteria for initial admission to the Whitacre College of Engineering and the lower-division foundational curriculum. The recommended foundational curriculum for construction engineering consists of ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1451, 1452; CHEM 1307/1107; PHYS 1408; and ENGR 1315.

A student may apply for admission to the upper division of a degree program upon completion of the foundational curriculum and a minimum of 12 credit hours of Texas Tech coursework. The acceptance criterion is based exclusively on a cumulative GPA for coursework completed at Texas Tech. The specific GPA standard varies among the degree programs and may change from one academic year to the next as necessary to align enrollments with the educational resources. For students who entered Texas Tech prior to June 1, 2012, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required for admission to the construction engineering upper-division degree program. Students entering Texas Tech after June 1, 2012, must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

The academic standards required by the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology are given in the introduction to the Whitacre College section of the catalog and summarized below. Exceptions to these academic standards are at the discretion of the dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.

  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in an engineering degree plan.
  • A grade of C or better must be achieved in all prerequisites before the subsequent course may be attempted.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required to maintain academic good standing and continued membership in the Whitacre College of Engineering.
  • A full-time student must achieve a C or better in 18 credit hours of coursework in the degree plan in each 12-month period.
  • An engineering course may be repeated only one time after a course drop, withdrawal, or failure to achieve a C or higher. A maximum of three engineering courses may be repeated.

The curriculum in construction engineering and engineering technology consists of a basic core of about 63 semester hours of specified courses. These courses in basic science, humanities, social studies, mathematics, and applied science give a foundation in engineering, technology and general education. The remaining 65 hours of required coursework vary with the student’s choice of construction engineering or engineering technology specialty area and electives. The programs and concentrations allow in-depth training in the student’s chosen field.

Students are required to plan their program in consultation with faculty advisors. Emphasis on communication skills requires the inclusion of a core curriculum oral communications course.
All students must have a personal computer and should check with the department to obtain recommended specifications.

Once a student has elected to take the State Board Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, that student is obligated to pass the exam to graduate.

Minors. Construction engineering and engineering technology students may pursue a minor in virtually any field of study at Texas Tech. The minor must consist of a minimum of 18 hours, with at least 6 of those hours being junior- or senior-level courses.

A minor in construction engineering or engineering technology is available by completing 18-21 hours of selected construction engineering or engineering technology courses. The appropriate departmental advisor should be consulted for a list of approved courses.

Internship. The department believes that its students benefit greatly from participation in an internship program. One of the major benefits is improved full-time employment opportunities after graduation. Accordingly, all construction engineering and engineering technology students are required to complete at least the equivalent of three months of full-time work of an appropriate nature in order to graduate. However, part-time work of an appropriate nature conducted during the regular semester also will be considered. Students must enroll in CONE 4100 or GTEC 4300 to obtain internship credit.

Credit by Exam. In addition to standard transfer credits, the department will permit students to receive credit for some courses in the curriculum if they can demonstrate proficiency in that area by examination. It is the responsibility of the students to petition the department chair for such examination(s) well before enrolling in the course(s).

The examination for credit for EGR 1206 and 1207, Engineering Graphics, is held only in the fall the first Friday after classes begin. Students must register for the exam in Room 224 of the Mechanical Engineering Building by 5 p.m. the first Wednesday after classes begin for the fall term. Students should have a background in beginning drawing and descriptive geometry.

Graduate Certificate

The department offers a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Construction Engineering and Management. The certificateis designed for professionals who have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, or business and are seeking a senior management position in the construction industry. It is ideal for students interested in pursuing graduate study without committing to a full master’s program. The coursework for the certificate consists of two required courses (CONE 5320 and 5322) and two electives from CONE 5302, 5304 , 5314, and 5332. Course selection will be reviewed and approved by the graduate advisor.

Contact: Dr. Tweodros Ghebrab,, 806.742-3538.

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David Ernst, M.E., Chairperson

Associate Professors: Darwish, Ernst, Green, Liang
Assistant Professors: Ghebrab, LNejat
Instructors: Leaverton, ShturmanBack to Top