CEM: Connecting industry with students and students with industry.
CEM EMPHASIS DESCRIPTION
The Construction Engineering Management (CEM) emphasis is an undergraduate certificate program based within the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Arizona. CEM provides new engineers with training and motivation to pursue careers in construction management and the heavy engineering construction industry. Civil engineering students at U of A study the ABET-approved (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) curriculum offered at the University of Arizona. The CEM emphasis builds upon this foundation by offering technical electives in construction such as construction management, scheduling, and quantity take-off and cost estimating. Additional courses and seminars will be added as the program grows. Close ties with industry is paramount to the success of the program.
CEM is grateful to our underwriters.
Hear what students, alumni, and industry professionals have to say about the CEM emphasis in this brochure.
The Construction Engineering Management program continues to gain momentum with industry and students. Read the latest updates here:
- Spring 2021
- Fall 2020
- Spring 2020
- Fall 2019
- Spring 2019
- Fall 2018
- Spring 2018
- Fall 2017
- Spring 2017
- Fall 2016
- Spring 2016
- Fall 2015
CAREERS IN HEAVY CONSTRUCTION: See video clips of young engineers talking about their careers in construction and view job postings in construction at the Beavers Heavy Construction Careers website.
Watch a video of Ala, a young civil engineering in tunnel construction.
Read about Eden, a project engineering in concrete construction with Sundt.
Watch UA student Andrea talk about her internship with Sundt at UA's Student Success District.
Watch What do civil engineers do? to learn about tunneling, clean rivers, clean drinking water, and constructing sports stadiums.
Watch a video about Anayeli Martinez-Real, estimating manager with Kiewit.
Watch a video about Noura Saadi, field engineer with Kiewit.
Watch a video about Ruddy Ndina, field engineer with Kiewit, building 47 bridges in Calgary, Alberta.
Watch a video about Jude McNair, superintendent with Gilbane
Watch a video about Alberto Soto, superintendent with Kiewit
Watch a video about Logan Lankford, using BIM in Construction with Lydig
Watch a video about Thomas Fyffe, technology and teamwork with Willmeng
Watch a video to hear what inspires women in construction.
CEM EMPHASIS BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
1. Students learn about construction in addition to the other technical courses in geotechnical, structural, hydrology, and transportation engineering.
2. Students learn about the business as well as the technical side of engineering.
3. Students hear from and interact with guest speakers from industry.
4. Students visit construction sites and hear from professionals on the job.
5. Students learn industry software like P6 and On-Screen Take-Off.
6. Students expand their understanding and views of career opportunities in construction.
7. Students have the opportunity to pursue construction related interests through student clubs and competitions that construction focused.
CEM EMPHASIS BENEFITS TO INDUSTRY
1. Industry has a source of potential interns and new hires that are knowledgeable and motivated to work in the construction industry.
2. Industry has reduced training time and cost of new hires.
3. Industry has input into the program content.
4. Industry has contact with students and faculty to foster collaborations.
CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES AND COMPETITIONS
CCIS Future Contractor's Scholarship: due January
ASCE Scholarships for ASCE undergraduate student members: due February
ASCE Arizona Outstanding Senior Civil Engineering Student Award
Apply through the University of Arizona's Scholarship Universe
Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship (Achen Gardner): (no longer offered)
Apply through the University of Arizona's Scholarship Universe
Sponsored by the Bridge Technical Committee of the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers. For those pursuing a career in bridge construction: due February
Women in Construction Conference: due March
International Concrete Repair Institute: due March
DBIA Western Pacific Region Scholarship: due April
- Simpson Strong Tie Scholarship for Construction, Structural Engineering, and Architecture: due April
Supports education and encourages the design and building of safer structures in our communities.
Melanie Macioci and Luis Romero, 2021-22 scholarship recipients
Spencer Browne, 2020-21 scholarship recipient
Travis Shollin, 2019-20 scholarship recipient
Yen Do, 2018-19 scholarship recipient
Kyle DerHaag, 2017-18 scholarship recipients
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Arizona Scholarship: due May
Supports education of member firm employees and family members.
Learn about careers in construction, meet industry professionals, and network with potential employers.
- American Society of Highway Engineers: due June
For students pursuing careers in highway construction.
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Tucson Chapter 122 Scholarship (July 31 and Nov. 30)
Shiann Claridge participates in WCELS, Feb. 2020.
Amanda Wittenborn shares her experience at the 2019 Kiewit seminar.
Lissette Flores and Rosa Juvera share their expereinces at the 2018 Kiewit seminar.
Design-Build Institute of America Student Competition: due September
Student teams compete by submitting a response to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a unique
building project. Short listed team compete by submitting a proposal in response to a Request for
Student team compete in construction activities related to heavy civil, commercial, mixed use, design-build, virtual
design and construction, sustainable buildings, concrete, project risk, and more.
- Associated Schools of Construction James L. Allhands Essay Competition: due November
- Associated General Contractors - University of Arizona Chapter
Established Fall 2018.
- Design-Build Institute of America - University of Arizona Chapter
- American Society of Civil Engineering - University of Arizona Chapter
Rise Together: Mentor for Women in Civil and Construction Engineering, is a partnership between industry professionals and the UA Civil Engineering Department.
Through Rise Together, every woman student in Civil Engineering at the University of Arizona is given the opportunity to be paired with an industry mentor. Click the link to sign up.
TIPS FOR CONSTRUCTION INTERNSHIPS AND WORK
- Finding and making the most of internships in heavy civil construction
- What is a construction internship like and how to make the most of it, (Sundt.)
- Transitioning to a professional life. (Turner)
- Search for internships and jobs through University of Arizona career center's Handshake
- Search for internships and jobs through AGC's Career Center
- Search for internships and jobs through DBIA's Career Spot
VETERANS and ROTC FIND OPPORTUNITIES IN CONSTRUCTION