East Tennessee State University Engineering Technology, Surveying & Digital Media

Construction Engineering Technology


The Construction Engineering Technology (CET) program is accredited by the ETAC Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Technology (CET) is designed to provide today’s construction industry with professionals skilled in the complexities of the construction field. Given the diversity of the construction profession, this program covers multiple areas to produce a graduate who is employable in a variety of professional construction positions.

The construction program is designed to provide understanding and experience in the following five major construction areas:

  • Management / Supervision
  • Accounting / Cost Control
  • Field Engineering
  • Design
  • Material Testing

Student Outcomes   – Engineering Technology Programs

Engineering Technology students are expected to have demonstrated proficiency in the following areas:

  1. an appropriate mastery of the knowledge techniques, skills, and modern tools of their disciplines;
  2. an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science,  engineering, and technology;
  3. an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively on teams;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning;
  9. an ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities;
  10. a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues; and
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Specific Outcomes Criteria -Construction Engineering Technology

Those program criteria are:

  1. utilize techniques that are appropriate to administer and evaluate construction contracts, documents, and codes;
  2. estimate costs, estimate quantities, and evaluate materials for construction projects;
  3. utilize measuring methods, hardware, and software that are appropriate for field, laboratory, and office processes related to construction;
  4. apply fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to construction engineering;
  5. produce and utilize design, construction, and operations documents;
  6. perform economic analyses and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of systems associated with construction engineering;
  7. select appropriate construction materials and practices;
  8. apply appropriate principles of construction management, law, and ethics, and;
  9. perform standard analysis and design in at least one sub-discipline related to construction engineering.

Program Educational Objectives (PEO’s)

The educational objectives of the Construction Engineering Technology Program are consistent with the mission and goals of ETSU as well as the ABET Criteria 2012-2013. The program in Construction Engineering Technology provides education and training to produce graduates who can meet the educational objectives listed below.

  • Objective 1 (PEO 1): Produce graduates that are prepared for successful careers in the areas associated with construction engineering technology, project/construction management, field engineering, materials testing and evaluation, design, sales, and construction finance.
  • Objective 2 (PEO 2): Will produce graduates who advance in their careers and continue their professional development.
  • Objective 3 (PEO 3): Will produce graduates who understand the overall human context in which engineering technology activities take place.


Graduation Data

Fall 2014 Enrollment: 69
Summer 2014-Spring 2015 Graduates: 8




This curriculum incorporates communication (oral & written), on-the-job training (cooperative education), and real life examples and projects throughout the program.  To graduate from ETSU with a degree in Construction Engineering Technology a student must complete a total of 128 hours. These hours contain:

General Education

ENGL 1010 Critical Reading and Expository Writing

Writing paragraphs and essays based on close readings of various texts, with an emphasis on clear, grammatically correct expository prose. Students must take this course during the first eligible semester at the university. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above to pass this course. These courses do no assign grades C-, D+, or D.

ENGL 1020 Critical Thinking and Argumentation

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or equivalent. Writing essays based on critical analyses of various literary texts. Emphasis on sound argumentative techniques. Requires documented research paper. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above to pass this course. These courses do no assign grades C-, D+, or D.

Oral Communication (choose 1)

Literature (choose 1)

Fine Arts Elective (choose 1)

ENTC 3020 Technology & Society

Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. How does technology impact society and one?s daily life? Historical aspects of the development of technology beginning with Stone Age peoples through the Industrial Revolution, to modern concepts. An atmosphere where group discussions struggle with some of the dilemmas of modern life. (fall, spring, summer)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (choose 1)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (choose 1)

HIST 2010 The United States to 1877

A survey of the settlement and development of the colonies, the revolutionary period, the making of the Constitution, the diplomatic, economic, and political problems of the new government, the nature of economic sectionalism, Jacksonian democracy, territorial expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIST 2020 The United States since 1877

Growth of the United States as an industrial and world power since Reconstruction.

MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics – Noncalculus

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra. Descriptive statistics and its relevance, including probability, experimentation, measurement, sampling and surveys, informal statistical inference, and hypothesis testing are included.

PHYS 2010 General Physics I Noncalculus

A survey of the topics in classical physics intended primarily for students in preprofessional curricula and majors in various engineering technology concentrations. (Engineering transfer students should take PHYS 2110.) Topics include mechanics, solids, fluids, and thermodynamics. A good working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry (at least at the high school level) is required before taking this course. Heavy emphasis is made for the solutions to numerical problems. PHYS 2010 is the first semester of a two-semester sequence in general physics. (Many curricula require a laboratory course in physics. Students in these curricula must also take PHYS 2011.) Three hours of lecture each week.

PHYS 2011 General Physics Laboratory I-Noncalculus

Experiments dealing with the basic laws of physics, designed to reinforce and supplement concepts learned in PHYS 2010. A good working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry (at least at the high school level) is required before taking this course. One (2) two-hour lab each week. Note: Lecture courses requiring a lab can be taken together or separately, but must both be completed by graduation.

CHEM 1110 General Chemistry

Corequistes: CHEM 1111. The basic course for students who expect to major in chemistry, as well as those who wish to meet entrance requirements of professional schools. Three (3) hours of lecture-recitation per week. A common grade will be given.

CHEM 1111 General Chemistry Laboratory I

Corequistes: CHEM 1110. One (3) three-hour lab per week. A common grade will be given.

CSCI 1100 Using Information Technology

Students will gain a working knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheets, electronic communication, and online database searching and will learn the skills necessary to integrate electronic information from various sources. Students learn through both lecture and hands-on experience. (fall, spring, summer)

Technology Core Requirements

ENTC 1510 Student in University

This course is meant to provide guidance to first-year university students as they begin their search for directions to take in self-definition, intellectual growth, career choices, and life skills. (fall, spring)


Fundamentals of engineering drawing and sketching: orthographic projections, dimensioning, tolerancing, and scaling. Introduction to the CAD interface and environment; 2D drawing basics; using object snaps, layers, blocks, dimensioning; introduction to 3D modeling; extrusions, revolves, and rendering. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 3030 Technical Communication

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. A comprehensive study of technical and professional communication in written and oral form. Covers rhetorical principles and their application in a variety of types of business correspondence, reports, and technical/scientific documents. Lecture and classroom exercises. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 4017 Industrial Supervision

Behavioral studies related to supervision. Supervisory functions, motivation, interviewing, and personal advancement. Lecture, case studies, discussions, and reports. (fall, spring)

ENTC 4060 Project Scheduling

Prerequisites: Junior/ Senior standing or instructor approval. A detailed study in planning, organizing, and controlling projects. Computer software is used to schedule projects Emphasis is placed on time, resources, and capital considerations for the project. Lecture, team exercises, extensive laboratory, and presentations. (fall, spring, summer)

ENTC 4600 Technology Practicum

Prerequisites: Senior standing, ENTC 3030, and at least 24 credits in a technology concentration. A senior-level capstone course in advanced problem solving by organized team methods. Requires the student to synthesize and apply subject matter studies in previous required courses. For example, in manufacturing, students will draw upon their knowledge of product design and manufacturing methods to solve a complex problem. Units of instruction will include project planning (GANTT and PERT), human factors, design aesthetics, systems methods, and group dynamics. Major requirements include a team presentation and a comprehensive technical report. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring))

Construction Concentration

ENTC 2410 Construction Fundamentals

Introduction to construction materials and systems. Emphasis on interpreting building prints and the analysis of materials of construction. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

ENTC 2420 Residential & Commercial Plan

Prerequisites: ENTC 2410. An outline study of architectural styles. The design of an original residential or commercial building developed through consideration of site conditions, space requirements, and adaptability of materials. Student will develop plans and a model. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring)

ENTC 2440 Mechanical Systems

Prerequisites: ENTC 2420. Corequistes: PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011. A study of the terminology and methods associated with commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and cooling) and plumbing systems. Detailed exercises will be employed in the design of simple systems with emphasis on appropriate equipment types and sizes. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 3010 Statics & Strength of Materials

Prerequisites: PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011. Corequistes: MATH 1850. The study of forces and their affects on statically determinate structures including a study of shear, moment and thrust diagrams, stresses and combined stresses, and properties of materials. Lecture and lab. (fall, spring) )

ENTC 3400 Construction Materials

Prerequisites: ENTC 2410 and PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011. Study of materials used in highway and building construction including production and appropriate specifications and testing. Study includes design calculations and laboratory testing. Lecture and lab. (fall)

ENTC 3410 Construction Estimating

Prerequisites: ENTC 2420. Comprehensive study of building construction costs, including labor, materials, overhead, and hidden costs. Financing methods and legal requirements, site planning, and tract-development. Lecture and lab. (fall)

ENTC 3420 Advanced Construction Estimating

Prerequisites: ENTC 3410.An advanced study of estimation techniques and procedures associated with commercial construction. Included is an analysis of costs developed from complicated construction systems resulting in the preparation of bid proposals. Emphasis will be placed on network planning, particularly project scheduling and detailed quantity take-off methods of estimating using commercially available computer software. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 3430 Materials and Methods I

Prerequisites: ENTC 3010 and ENTC 2410. Methods, materials, and equipment required in the commercial construction areas of foundations, formwork, concrete, and masonry. Study will include design calculations and laboratory testing. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 3440 Materials and Methods II

Prerequisites: ENTC 3430. Methods, materials, and equipment required in the commercial construction areas of structural steel, heavy timber, roofing systems, building-related plastics, finishes, and specialties. Study will include sizing calculations where appropriate. Lecture (fall) )

ENTC 3620 Thermal and Fluid Technologies

Prerequisites: MATH 1840 and PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011. A study of the fundamentals of heat transfer and fluid flow. Topics include modes of heat transfer and material characteristics, hydraulics and fluid systems. Students will choose concluding topics of either hydrology or hydraulic control systems and pneumatics. Laboratory use of personal computers in data acquisition, experiment control, and report writing. Lecture and lab. (spring)

ENTC 3650 Applied Electricity-Electronics<

Geared for construction technology and technology education students only or permission of instructor. Practical application of commercial house wiring and electrical code. Electrical machines and controls, electronic devices. (fall, spring)

ENTC 4417 Construction Finance and Administration

Prerequisites: ENTC 2420, CSCI 1100. A detailed study of the methods of financing construction projects, as well as the construction company. Included are a discussion of interest rates, bonds, insurance, amortization, and depreciation. Lecture (fall)

ENTC 4777 Safety Management

Prerequisites: PSYC 1310 and junior standing. A study of the methods of planning, organizing, and controlling a safety program. The study will include the safety problem, accident causation, motivational and marketing methods of safety, safety training and leadership, and a study of OSHA and TOSHA practices and procedures. (fall, spring)

SURV 2550 Surveying Measurement Fundamentals

Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or permission of instructor. Principles of field data acquisition. measurements of distance, angle, and elevation using tapes, transits, and levels. basic surveying computations of elevations, directions, traverse closures and areas, magnetic directions, preparation of topographic maps from radial measurements, basic measurement error theory. Lectures and field labs. (fall; spring; summer, on demand)

MATH 1720 Precalculus

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra, MATH 1710, or the equivalent. A study of functions and their graphs, including polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions.

MATH 1840 Analytical Geometry and Differential Calculus

Prerequisites: MATH 1720 or two years of high school algebra and high school trigonometry. A course in differential calculus with technical applications. Analytic geometry, quadratic equations, and additional topics in trigonometry as foundation to the calculus, limits, the derivative, and applications.

MATH 1850 Integral Calculus for Technology

Prerequisites: MATH 1840.A course in integral calculus with technical applications. Sequences and series, the integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, and differentiation and integration of transcendental functions.

ACCT 2010 Principles of Accounting I

Prerequisites: Required freshman math courses as defined by the student’s major. A study of accounting theory and procedures underlying financial statement preparation. Additional topics include accountability, financial auditing, financial statement analysis, and income tax accounting. (fall, spring, summer)

Graduates of the Construction Engineering Technology program at East Tennessee State University will:

  • Obtain degree-related professional positions based on professional goals and outcomes.
  • Use acceptable industry standards and ethical judgments to identify, evaluate and solve complex problems.
  • Perform competitively in the work force against graduates from other university level construction programs.
  • Adapt to various and changing construction projects and technological situations.
  • Function effectively in team-oriented open-ended activities within a construction environment.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written and graphical modes.


In-depth study of construction is made possible with educational facilities such as the:

  • Construction plan reading room (with state-of-the-art estimating and scheduling systems)
  • Material testing labs
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) labs
  • Construction Library
  • Dedicated lecture & design classrooms and
  • State-of-the-art, multimedia-enabled classrooms

Student Organization

Students currently declaring a major in the Construction Technology Program or a related program of study have the opportunity to join the ETSU Construction Management Association. The CMA is an unaffiliated, student governed organization which provides extracurricular activities with a construction-oriented emphasis. This student organization is recognized and supported by the following professional organizations: