Construction Engineering Management

CEM: Connecting industry with students and students with industry.


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.


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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:


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 Justin talk about his internship with Granite Construction.

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

Read about women in construction with Hensel Phelps: Nichole Sterling,  Sandra Ichiho, and Naomi Mercuris.

Watch a video to hear what inspires women in construction.



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.



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. 



              2021 UA Lloyd scholarship recipients

              2020 UA Lloyd scholarship recipients

              2019 UA Lloyd scholarship recipients

              2018 UA Lloyd scholarship recipients

              2017 UA Lloyd scholarship recipients

             ASCE Lawrence W. and Francis W. Cox Scholarship  

             ASCE Eugene C. Figg, Jr. Civil Engineering Scholarship

             ASCE Robert B. B. and Josephine N. Moorman Scholarship   

             ASCE Samuel Fletcher Tapman ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship

             ASCE B. Charles Tiney Memorial ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship

             ASCE Arizona Outstanding Senior Civil Engineering Student Award

           Apply through the University of Arizona's Scholarship Universe

             Jessica Neill receives 2018-19 scholarship

             Tina Johnsen & Kevin Burruel receive 2017-2018 scholarship

             Apply through the University of Arizona's Scholarship Universe

             Justin Davidson, 2021-2022 scholarship

             Adam Bishop, Kyle Kalaguas, and Muhammand Mohd-Rizal receive 2020-2021 scholarship

             Will Vail receives 2019-2020 scholarship

             Ryan Nelson receives 2018-2019 scholarship

             David Rodriguez receives 2017-2018 scholarship

         Sponsored by the Bridge Technical Committee of the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers. For those pursuing a career in bridge construction: due February

            Zachary Hansen, Aria Mascal, and Diego Limon, 2021 DBIA College Scholarship

            Will Vail wins 2019 DBIA College Scholarship

            Lissette Flores wins the 2017 DBIA College Scholarship

            for Construction, Civil, and Architectural Engineering

            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

  • Power Construction Scholarship: for minority and female high school seniors from Chicago: due April

  • 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.

             Daylan Toledo participates in Student Days 2018

             Ana Rapallo-Padilla and team win Student Days 2017 construction competition

             Abby Davidson shares her experience at Student Days 2016

             For students pursuing careers in highway construction.

             Shiann Claridge participates in WCELS, Feb. 2020.

             Amanda Wittenborn shares her experience at the 2019 Kiewit seminar.

             Lissette Flores and Rosa Juvera share their experiences at the 2018 Kiewit seminar.

            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

             Proposal (RFP).

             UA student teams earned third place nationally in 2021, and were regional finalists in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

            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.

            Emma Lenarz receives 2020-21 scholarship

            Logan Arrasmith receives 2022-23 scholarship



  • Associated General Contractors - University of Arizona Chapter

          Established Fall 2018. 

  • Design-Build Institute of America - University of Arizona Chapter
              Established Fall 2016.



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.