Construction Engineering

Hi everyone!

I’ve managed to get homework done today, but really – it’s difficult to get motivated! I actually had a 3 hour nap while trying to get some computer science homework done, looks like I’ll just have to compensate by staying up later tonight. It’s scary to think that Spring Break is already winding down and I better step up the school work or there would be a lot of regret next week!

It was a good day today, we had a big birthday party with our family friends for everyone’s whose birthdays are in March. I actually just got back an hour ago. It was definitely great getting to see everyone today. Ever since getting into college, I haven’t had time to really see anyone, especially since I was gone most summers and winter breaks. It was definitely a good change to see family friends again!

Construction engineering is a blend between civil engineering and construction management.

Construction engineering is a blend between civil engineering and construction management.

Tonight I’ll be writing a little bit about construction engineering. This is the fourth article in the sub civil engineering post I wrote a few weeks ago. Same as before, I’ll be talking about the nature of the work and current opportunities.

What is Construction Engineering

According to Wikipedia, construction is a professional discipline that deals with the designing, planning, construction, and management of infrastructure. These infrastructures contain highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, utilities, or any other projects where you can imagine people in yellow hard hats and orange vests.

Civil Engineering vs Construction Engineering

I’ve actually been confused on this topic for some time; what’s the difference between civil engineering and construction engineering? In the same way, what’s the difference between a construction firm like Turner or Kiewit and a civil engineering firm like Langan or HNTB?

Civil engineering focuses more on design rather than managing a budget and schedule.

Civil engineering focuses more on design rather than managing a budget and schedule.

While both types of engineers can apply for PE (Professional engineering license), civil engineering concentrate more on the design work, construction engineering have to study construction management as well as design work. Construction engineers essentially take the approved plans and maps out a schedule as well as a budget for the project. In a way, construction engineering is similar to reading a set of instructions, but they have to figure out what to do and in what order to complete the project.

Current Opportunities

Due to the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008, the construction industry has been hit very hard. In fact, at the worse of the crisis, unemployment rate of the construction industry was around 27% (about three times the national average).

Personally, I feel that the best construction opportunities are overseas.

Personally, I feel that the best construction opportunities are overseas.

However, in today’s times, job prospects are growing. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction managers have a job outlook of 16% – which is faster than the average jobs (civil engineers are at 20%). Since the country’s infrastructure rating by the American Society of Civil Engineers are at a D+, there may be an incentive on the government to invest on construction.

I hope everyone enjoyed this post. Please leave any comments for improvement and feel free to like this post if you enjoyed it!

Sam

Good thing that we're civil to each other! ... get it?

Good thing that we’re civil to each other! … get it?

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