Construction engineering management involves the planning, coordination, and execution of all phases of building construction projects, including design, architecture, engineering, and construction of a variety of projects, including homes, commercial buildings, roads, highways, bridges, and railroads.
Construction engineering managers are versatile problem-solvers who are responsible for ensuring that projects are completed safely, efficiently, on time, and within budget. They combine the technical expertise of an engineer with the communication and leadership skills of managers, allowing them to pull together structural and civil engineers, architects and architectural engineers, contractors, work crews, and building owners. They may also be called on to survey job sites, address environmental issues, and ensure compliance with local building codes.
Through intensive classroom education and abundant hands-on learning opportunities, students who study construction engineering management at Oregon State will be well-prepared by our award-winning faculty to join this important and rewarding profession.
“The management side of construction is more my cup of tea, because I enjoy a fast-paced environment and problem solving, and I like to have a bunch of tasks delegated to me to accomplish as efficiently as possible.” – Tausha Smith, B.S. construction engineering management ’22. Read about Tausha’s experience at Oregon State.
CEM senior honored for outstanding achievement at ASC mechanical competition
Christian Horton, a senior in construction engineering management at Oregon State University, was honored with an outstanding student achievement award at the 2021 ASC Open Mechanical competition hosted by the Associated Schools of Construction in February. “You have 14 hours to work on a problem from a real-world project that has already been completed, and then you have an hour to present your solution,” Horton explained. “The judges include people who worked on the original project, so they know all the ins and outs. There’s not too much wiggle room.”
Rachele Turnbull: Academy of Distinguished Engineers - 2021
In 2006, Rachele Turnbull (B.S. construction engineering management ’96) started Clark Construction on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with a very small group of people, including her father, who had prior experience running a small residential business. To this day, Turnbull is among the few female CEOs at a construction company, and she is proud of that accomplishment. Pushing the boundaries of traditional roles in the construction industry is one of the cornerstones of Clark Construction.