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Top 5 Schools in the Country for Construction Engineering

by Amy Pearson, studioD

The top construction engineering programs prepare students for a variety of careers in the construction and building industry, including road or building construction. Minnesota’s career, education and job source resource, iSeek Education, reports specific undergraduate construction engineering programs are limited. Generally, prospective construction engineers studying at the top school schools in the country major in civil engineering and then specialize in construction engineering, according to "U.S. News & World Report."

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Ranked first in the country for civil engineering by "U.S. News & World Report," the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana’s construction management program offers hands-on interactive learning experiences in construction engineering. The school offers several degrees, including a Bachelor and Master of Science in civil engineering, also known as construction engineering and management. The university also offers joint degrees in construction engineering and architecture and a doctoral program in construction engineering and management. Students take classes in construction planning, materials and management, according to the school’s website.

University of California - Berkeley

The University of California’s Berkeley campus trains prospective construction engineers through several different programs, including the engineering and project management program. The program incorporates training in infrastructure management with other projects, including corporate construction management. The university boasts the latest in technology and allows students to access to a variety of hands-on construction projects in the area. "U.S. News & World Report" ranks the UC program second in the nation among comparable programs.

Stanford University

Stanford University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department trains students for construction engineering jobs in structural engineering, design-construction integration and sustainable design. Stanford’s construction engineering and management graduate level classes include project finance, structural design, construction law and productivity, as Stanford’s website reports. The program ranks third in the nation, according to 2013 "U.S. News & World Report" data.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The civil engineering undergraduate program at Georgia Institute of Technology ranks fourth in the nation by "U.S. News & World Report." The program prepares prospective construction engineers for careers in the industry or for an advanced degree program in construction engineering. Students learn modern construction engineering techniques, including environmentally friendly construction techniques and use of sustainable resources. Graduate students have the option of specializing in construction management, according to Georgia Tech’s Master of Science in civil engineering website.

University of Texas at Austin

The construction engineering and project management program at the University of Texas at Austin trains prospective construction engineers using the latest technology and top-rated research facilities. Students learn about all aspects of construction engineering, including management, finance, legal responsibilities and general construction. The highly competitive graduate program is comprised of approximately 50 students, allowing students to receive individual attention and focus their learning on a particular specialization, as the UTA website reports. "U.S. News & World Report" ranks the University of Texas at Austin fifth among other schools with construction engineering programs, according to 2013 data.

About the Author

Amy Pearson earned dual bachelor's degrees in management and horticulture. She is a licensed elementary teacher for kindergarten through sixth grades. Pearson specializes in flower and vegetable gardening, landscape design, education, early childhood and child development.

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