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Oklahoma State University

Construction Engineering Technology

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 management technology program offers the student specialized coursework in all phases of construction, designed to prepare him or her for responsible positions in industry.

The primary goal of the Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program 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.

Program Educational Objectives

OSU Construction Engineering Technology graduates a few years after graduation will:

  1. Solve problems typically found in the construction industry in construction engineering design, estimating, planning, scheduling and project management using mathematical, analytical, and scientific skills of engineering technology.
  2. Successfully work in teams and communicate effectively in written, oral and graphical forms.
  3. Continue lifelong career and professional growth by actively interacting with local industries and participating in appropriate professional societies.
  4. Continue lifelong personal growth in sensitivity to ethical responsibilities, global environments, and associated social issues.

Construction Engineering Technology graduates can expect to obtain these student outcomes upon graduation:

  1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

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 regional 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 program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. The educational objectives of the Construction Engineering Technology program 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 CEAT 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 resources, advancement to the CET upper division is by application. Applications are due to the CMT program no later than the last working day of April each year.  To be eligible for program advancement, lower division students must have:

  1. Completed 60 credit hours of coursework counting toward the CET degree.
  2. Completed all of the required (shaded) courses on the Degree Requirement Sheet (these courses are also listed on the Calculation Worksheet of the Application to Upper Division form)
  3. Achieved a grade of ‘C’ or better in the following courses:

Course List




CMT 1213

Introduction to Construction


CMT 2253

Printreading & BIM


CMT 2263

Estimating I


ACCT 2103

Financial Accounting


PHYS 1214

General Physics (LN)


GENT 2323



MATH 2123

Calculus for Technology Programs I (A)


CMT 2352/2351

Concrete Technology & Concrete Technology Lab


  1. A substitution for any of these courses must meet the same ‘C’ requirement.
  2. Achieved a minimum Selection GPA (SGPA) of 3.05.

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 Engineering Technology program, the following courses and multipliers will be used in calculating SPGA’s:CMT 2352/2351 Concrete Technology & Concrete Technology Lab (x3 multiplier), CMT 2263 Estimating I (x3 multiplier), GENT 2323 Statics (x3 multiplier), CMT 2253 Printreading & BIM (x2 multiplier), CMT 1213 Introduction to Construction (x2 multiplier), MATH 2123 Calculus for Technology Programs I (A) (x2 multiplier),PHYS 1114 General Physics (LN) (x2 multiplier), SPCH 2713 Introduction to Speech Communication (S) (x2 multiplier),ENGL 1113 Composition I (x2 multiplier),PHYS 1214 General Physics (LN) (x1 multiplier),MATH 2133 Calculus for Technology Programs II (A) (x1 multiplier),EET 1003 Introduction to Microcomputer Programming (x1 multiplier) andACCT 2103 Financial Accounting (x1 multiplier). Additional detailed information concerning admission to the upper division may be obtained directly from the CET program.

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 program 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 management technology 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 management technology 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 program attempts to identify and recruit highly qualified students who will benefit from the instructional platform, and faculty members promote retention and ultimate graduation of construction management technology students through effective instruction and advisement. A  schedule of outcome assessment among graduates and their employers assures that the program continues to provide the academic training required for success.

Graduates of construction engineering 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.