Undergraduate Programs 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 two emphases: a general contractor emphasis and a mechanical/electrical subcontractor emphasis.
The CONE curriculum stresses structural design, general construction operations and procedures, mechanical/electrical subsystems 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
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.