- About CET
The construction industry is the largest industry in the world. Leadership in this field requires a broad knowledge of labor, materials and equipment, capital and construction procedures. The interdisciplinary approach of the Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program offers the student specialized course work in all phases of construction, designed to prepare him or her for responsible positions in industry.
The primary goal of the Department of Construction Engineering Technology (CET) is to enhance the quality of the instructional program through effective management of the curriculum, teaching assignments and fiscal and physical resources. This goal includes providing instructional facilities, equipment and support services for faculty and students which maintain an excellent learning environment.
Faculty with excellent credentials, including a balance of formal education, teaching ability and appropriate industry experience, are recruited nationwide and are provided opportunities for individual professional development and regular contact with the industry. Faculty members are encouraged to become involved in extension and research programs relating to the department’s areas of strength or growth and to serve the needs for continuing education within the industry, particularly in the southwestern construction community.
These needs and opportunities for service are assessed regularly through close cooperation with local and regional construction professionals and industry associations. An active Construction Management Advisory Board, representing a broad cross-section of the industry, meets regularly to offer support and guidance necessary to preserve uncompromising excellence.
The Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The educational objectives of the Department of Construction Engineering Technology (CET) are consistent with those required by ETAC of ABET and are listed under “Division of Engineering Technology” in the Catalog.
Undergraduate Admission: Students who satisfy the University admission requirements are eligible to enroll for the first two years of the program in the lower division of the curriculum for construction management technology. In order to balance the number of students in the CET upper division with available CET resources, advancement to the CET upper division is by application. Applications are due to the CET Department no later than the last working day of April each year. To be eligible for program advancement, lower division students must have:
Annually, students who meet these criteria for program advancement and have made a timely application for admission to the upper division will be admitted to the upper division of the CET curriculum. The Selection Grade Point Average (SGPA) is a weighted GPA based upon specified lower division courses which have proven to be good indicators of student success in the program. For consideration of admission to the upper division of the Construction Management Technology program, the following courses and multipliers will be used in calculating SPGA’s: CMT 2343 (x3 multiplier), CMT 2263 (x3 multiplier), GENT 2323 (x3 multiplier), CMT 2253 (x2 multiplier), CMT 1214 (x2 multiplier), MATH 2123 (x2 multiplier), PHYS 1114 (x2 multiplier), SPCH 2713 (x2 multiplier), ENGL 1113 (x2 multiplier), PHYS 1214 (x1 multiplier), MATH 2133 (x1 multiplier), EET 1003 (x1 multiplier) and ACCT 2103 (x1 multiplier). Additional detailed information concerning admission to the upper division may be obtained directly from the CET department.
Transfer students are required to furnish transcripts and course descriptions for previous classroom courses, as well as examples of previous academic work. Evaluation and enrollment by the CET department is on a course-by-course basis for all transfer students.
The modern constructor must have a great deal of technical knowledge to keep abreast of rapidly changing equipment, materials and methods of construction. Specialized courses in estimating, surveying, structures, construction planning and scheduling, construction law and insurance, field and office management and construction procedures provide students with the background necessary for today’s construction industry. These specialized courses, in addition to a blend of the basic sciences, business, and general studies, produce a well-balanced curriculum for students in construction management technology. Special attention is given to computer applications in construction estimating, and the development of graphic, written and oral communication skills is emphasized throughout the curriculum.
Students with an interest in building structures may select courses in the “building” option of the Construction Engineering Technology (CET) curriculum, which provides them with knowledge of working drawings, mechanical and electrical equipment of buildings, and other course work for a career in building construction.
Students with an interest in civil engineering structures may select courses in the “heavy” option of the Construction Engineering Technology (CET) curriculum, which provides them with knowledge of highways, soils, foundations and other course work for a career in the heavy and industrial construction industry.
The department attempts to identify and recruit highly qualified students who will benefit from the instructional program, and faculty members promote retention and ultimate graduation of construction management technology students through effective instruction and advisement. An active program of outcome assessment among graduates and their employers assures that the program continues to provide the academic training required for success.
Graduates of construction management technology have shown the curriculum to be successful in their development as productive members of the construction industry, holding responsible positions as project managers, estimators, material and equipment salespersons, and construction managers at all levels.