We’ll help you turn your passion for engineering and architecture into a lucrative career that impacts others.
PhD, PE, CCP
Dernlan Family Head of Construction Engineering and Management
What is a Construction Engineer?
Construction engineers design and execute processes for building and maintaining the infrastructure of our world. They have the option of either working in an office setting or out in the field—oftentimes, it's a combination of both.
Some construction engineers focus on the design aspect, while others focus on the actual build phase of a project. There are many career paths to choose from with a degree in construction engineering:
- General contractors (bridges, roads, buildings, healthcare, data centers, sports facilities)
- Owners and developers
- Mechanical/electrical contractors
- Renewable energies
- Consulting and design firms
- Oil and gas industry
- Aviation industry
- Law firms*
- Historical restoration*
*Additional education may be necessary
As your career progresses, you may want to take your PE exam to become a licensed Professional Engineer. With a construction engineering degree and a PE license, you can attain executive positions with a company or even become an owner of a construction firm.
Construction engineers design and execute processes for building and maintaining the infrastructure of our world. As a construction engineer, your responsibilities may include:
- Planning and overseeing the construction operations of a project
- Conducting site layout
- Selecting equipment
- Organizing the work crew
- Managing materials
- Safeguarding the environment
- Building temporary structures
- Designing both temporary and permanent structures
- Checking and modifying plans and specifications for constructability, efficiency, and safety
- Developing cost estimates and preparing bids
- Utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for 3D models
- Managing subcontractor firms
- Working with the owner to ensure that the project meets requirements
- Solving job site problems, moving between the field and office
- Gaining additional education and training
- And more
Our construction engineering program was initiated and crafted by a direct need from the industry, and it continues to drive our program’s success.
Our corporate partners are invested in helping students turn their passion for engineering and architecture into a career where their leadership, design, and oversight influence every aspect of a construction project.
Below you will find fast facts regarding CEM culture, student enrollment, curriculum, internships, and more.
Construction Engineering and Management
100% Job Placement100%
average starting salary
average student enrollment
Engineering program with additional focus in construction operations management
1 of 16 majors offered by internationally renowned Purdue College of Engineering
Small class sizes
Strong sense of community
High-energy learning environment
4 student organizations run by CEM students
Students complete 3 full-time paid internships
We place students with over 30 sponsor companies every summer
Students have worked with more than 180 companies throughout our program’s history
CEM faculty and staff support our graduates through the job search process
Graduates are employed by many of the nation’s largest and most advanced construction firms
Purdue College of Engineering ranked #9 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report
campus-wide student organizations
engineering student organizations