Construction Engineering Technology (BSET)

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The Construction Engineering Technology degree (Bachelor of Science Engineering Technology) was created in 1979 to provide our construction program with an engineering concepts emphasis and to support industry needs. The Construction Engineering Technology program requires students to complete a strong core construction curriculum supported by engineering concept courses including statistics, mechanics of materials, concrete/wood/steel structures, foundation/soils, and temporary structures. 

The Construction Engineering Technology program has been fully accredited since 1979 by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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  • About the Program

Labs and Equipment

Students in the Construction Engineering Technology program have access to the SOC labs which include some of the best industry supported software and equipment. The SOC provides access to dedicated construction computer labs, a material testing/structures lab, a surveying lab, an equipment simulator lab, an electrical lab and a mechanical lab (plumbing/Heating-Ventilation-Air-Conditioning).


Students in the Construction Engineering Technology program are required to complete one paid internship prior to graduation.

Student Outcomes

Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that the students acquire in their matriculation through the program.

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools/software of construction related to: contract documents, codes, materials testing, construction layout/surveying, best construction methods/practices, estimating, scheduling, safety, design of construction systems (temporary structures, concrete, foundations, formwork, basic electrical/mechanical systems), appropriate software (Excel, Autocad, Primavera, Timberline).
Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging application of mathematics, science, engineering and technology related to construction methods and design.
Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve construction processes and solve construction problems.
Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate an ability to apply creativity in the design of construction systems, components, or processes.
Outcome 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate (graphically, verbally and non-verbally) and function effectively in teams.
Outcome 6: Students will understand the importance of lifelong learning, continuous improvement, timeliness and a commitment to quality.
Outcome 7: Students will understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities, and show a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.

No credit is allowed toward graduation or to satisfy prerequisite requirements for grades below "C" in construction engineering technology or construction management technical specialty courses, MATH 113, and MATH 122.

Special Events

Students are provided numerous opportunities to meet and engage companies throughout their college career including the SOC annual Company Day (fall) and Construction Expo (spring).

Student Organizations

Students also have access to numerous student organizations such as Associated General Contractors, Mechanical Contractors of America, National Association of Home Builders, Design Build Institute of America, America Society of Safety Engineers, National Association of Women In Construction.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are virtually unlimited with 100% placement for graduates seeking employment. Graduates are typically employed as project managers, project engineers, estimators, site managers, superintendents, field engineers, quality control/testing professionals, surveyors for a variety of companies including general contractors, specialty contractors, engineering firms, project owners, local/state/federal agencies. The SOC has over 100 companies each year recruit interns and graduates from our programs. Starting salaries for graduates typically range from $50,000 to $70,000 per year. 

About School of Construction

The PSU School of Construction's mission is to provide a quality construction education and develop professional leaders for the construction industry through extensive recruitment, real-world education and successful placement. We strive to improve the community through service, economic development and applied research.

Our vision is to be an innovative leader in an effective, people-centered, collaborative, accessible learning environment maximizing the potential of construction students, faculty and industry constituents.


School of Construction phone number is 620-235-6555.


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