Construction Field Operations (Associate's Degree)

Fundamentals

An associate degree in construction engineering technology prepares you for managerial positions in inspection, cost estimating, project planning, field supervision and more.

Our curriculum focuses on: 

  • cost estimating 
  • construction materials testing 
  • professional communications  
  • construction methods and processes 
  • fundamental concepts of building design and construction  
  • mathematics 
  • physics 

Credits earned for your associate degree transfer to the four-year program. 

    Our faculty

    • are innovative and interactive 
    • are professional engineers or expert practitioners in their areas of expertise 
    • draw on real-world experience 
    • use multimedia technology to enhance classroom learning 

    Akron Advantage

    Hands-on research

    Experience construction engineering technology firsthand through our research facilities:

    • Construction Materials Testing Lab
    • Project Estimating and Scheduling Lab
    • Building Construction and Residential Building Lab

    Real-world experience

    Gain practical professional experience through UA's optional internship or co-op programs. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in the field of your choice. With co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school while earning a competitive salary.

    Recent placements include:

    • Kokosing Construction Company
    • Turner Construction Company
    • Ruhlin Construction Company
    • Wayne Homes
    • Ohio Department of Transportation
    • Great Lakes Construction
    • Environmental Design Group

    Student organizations

    Interact with other construction engineering technology students and professionals by participating in a student organization or design team:

    • The Construction Management Association of America (student chapter)
    • Women in Engineering program
    • Increasing Diversity in Engineering Academics
    • National Society of Black Engineers
    • Steel Bridge
    • Concrete Canoe


    Sample Curriculum


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    Department of Civil Engineeering

    Contact: Marcia Belcher

    Career Opportunities

    Individuals working in the field of construction engineering technology use knowledge of construction methods, business operations, and management skills to support construction projects. They work on residential and commercial buildings, bridges, road dams, and wastewater treatment systems.

    Degrees and Preparation

    An AAS degree in Construction Engineering Technology paves the way for careers in a number of areas within the field, including:

    • inspection
    • cost estimating
    • supervision
    • managing
    • testing

    Most opportunities are found in:

    • municipal or county building departments
    • engineering and architectural service firms
    • service industries state government

    Common jobs:

    • Engineering Technician
    • Construction Inspector
    • Cost Estimator or Cost Engineer
    • Scheduler 
    • Field Engineer
    • Project Engineer

    Outlook

    Opportunities for construction managers are increasing as the level and complexity of construction activity continues to grow.

    Career services

    Career Services helps students and alumni explore and reach career goals. They connect students to employers for internships, jobs, and careers.