Construction Engineering

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Be creative.
Change the world.
Be greater than you imagined in agricultural engineering at Iowa State University.

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At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your agricultural engineering adventure.
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Construction engineering is an adventure.

It begins here.

Iowa State’s construction engineering program has a wide range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

Engineer your future

Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants.

  • The average starting salary of construction engineering graduates is $54,000/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for our students average more than $19/hour. More than 500 companies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.
  • 99 percent of our construction engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Discover your passion.

Higher, larger, safer, better—the construction engineer builds dreams, whether they are buildings, bridges, roadways or any other component of physical infrastructure. Construction engineers develop relationships with clients and lead teams to create and turn plans into reality. They are detail-oriented people who solve problems and answer questions like: How much will it cost to build? What kind of people will I need to hire to complete the project? What type of equipment will be needed and when? Because they have a broad range of skills—planning, project management, scheduling, purchasing and financing—construction engineers are in high demand. Learn how to tackle big vision projects such as skyscrapers, transportation systems, educational facilities, malls and manufacturing plants—places where people live, work and play. A good construction engineer learns to build strong working relationships to manage and complete projects. You participate in teams responsible for developing proposals, solving problems, managing projects and researching information. Your courses teach you how to work successfully with clients, crews, community leaders and other engineers to finish projects.

Be greater than you imagine

Whatever your goals are, your success is important to us! Our programs, labs, hands-on learning and facilities will give you a competitive advantage to address society’s greatest needs. Experiential learning: Our award-winning student teams consistently place among the top in the country in the Associated Schools of Construction regional competitions. In class, students track specific construction projects, submit mock bids for real projects and compete with actual construction firms. Top program: Our construction engineering program is one of the largest in the country and one of only a few accredited by ABET. Our size means great resources, facilities, faculty and connections! Strong national network: Our program has a large and strong network of active alumni who represent some of the most reputable construction firms in the country such as Weitz Company, J. E. Dunn Construction Company, Black & Veatch Corporation and Kiewit Construction Company—as well as smaller-scale businesses. Industry and alumni are committed to providing extra funding to enhance one-on-one learning in laboratory classes. Specialized classes: Courses prepare you for problem solving and project management, as well as the necessary technical skills required to complete projects. Select an emphasis in:

  • Heavy/highway construction
  • Building construction
  • Mechanical construction
  • Electrical construction

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