The Department of Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) is currently a blend of the new and the old. The new, Construction Engineering (CONE) Program, was approved in the summer of 2009 by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The CONE degree was first made available to students in the fall 2009 semester. The program has increased in enrollment to its current size of approximately 200. The old, Engineering Technology (ET) Programs, are being phased out, with all ET majors scheduled to be graduated prior to December 2014, when the ET Programs will be officially closed. With the closing of the ET programs, the department will once again undergo a name change from CEET to CONE.
With the first CONE graduate receiving his degree in December 2011, CEET was able to schedule its initial ABET-EAC accreditation visit in October 2012. The visit was perceived to go well, and the bachelor of science in construction engineering has received full accreditation. In addition, the department completed an ABET-TAC accreditation visit in the fall of 2011, for its ET programs, with the final results of that visit being the ET programs re-accredited for 6 more years.
The mission of CEET 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 who are prepared to contribute to society and excel in a diverse and highly competitive global workforce.
The undergraduate program educational objectives embody the expected accomplishments of graduates during their first few years following graduation. The educational objectives of CEET as adopted by the CEET faculty, CEET Industrial Advisory Board, and many of the CEET students 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
- 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.