Construction Engineering - BSc

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Program Overview

The American University in Cairo (AUC) Construction Engineering program equips students with the tools and skills to excel as leaders and impact the construction industry. In this world-class program, students explore areas such as construction engineering and management, structural analysis and design, infrastructure, construction technology, materials, and environmental engineering. The program is accredited by both the Supreme Council of Universities in Egypt and the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET in the USA.

Students are trained by renowned faculty members with PhDs from leading academic institutions in North America and have remarkable local and global experience in the construction industry. The construction engineering faculty are winners of several notable awards and have partaken in significant construction projects worldwide.

Faculty members cover a wide spectrum of specializations related to construction engineering. This adds to the depth and comprehensiveness of the concentration courses offered by the department. The faculty members are highly active in research in the areas of construction management and technology, material and structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources, and environmental engineering.

The construction engineering department has some of the top-notch laboratories in the country and the region in the fields of construction material, soil, hydraulics, concrete, surveying, asphalt, heavy floor structure testing, and others. Equipped with the latest technologies, the laboratories enable our students to conduct high-quality research that is published in distinguished international journals and conferences.

Professor, Mohamed Nagib Abou-Zeid, gives a short brief about AUC’s construction engineering undergraduate program.

  • Students, within a few years of graduation, will be able to:

    1. Effectively apply the fundamentals of science and engineering holistically to pursue successful careers in the construction engineering profession
    2. Fully integrate the broad spectrum of construction engineering topics, including its areas of concentration, with other engineering disciplines
    3. Cope with and improve upon the ever-evolving technologies of the construction industry
    4. Communicate effectively, work independently and as a part of a team, and fit within multidisciplinary projects and multicultural environments
    5. Recognize and consider the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context with the ability to understand and respond to other cultures
    6. Engage in lifelong learning and develop their ability to pursue further studies
    7. Develop creative solutions to engineering problems, provide effective leadership and demonstrate commitment to professional and ethical conduct

    Our students can choose to supplement their studies with one of the minor degrees offered at AUC to diversify their educational experience.

  • Completing the requirements of the Construction Engineering program at AUC, the student will be able to:

    1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
    2. Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
    3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
    4. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
    5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
    6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
    7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  • Throughout completing the requirement of the Construction Engineering program, the student learning outcomes are measured by the student's ability to:

    1. Formulate complex construction engineering problems into physical and mathematical terms
    2. Implement their acquired knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to find solutions to complex engineering problems
    3. Design structures and foundations within constraints considering safety and economic factors
    4. Design highways within constraints considering safety, welfare, environmental, social, and economic factors
    5. Design hydraulic and environmental systems within constraints considering safety, welfare, environmental, social, and economic factors
    6. Design construction operations and methods within constraints considering safety and economic factors
    7. Design construction project plans, including schedules, resources, and budgets within constraints considering economic factors
    8. Design construction materials considering safety, environmental, and economic factors
    9. Communicate effectively using drawings and graphics
    10. Communicate effectively using technical reports
    11. Communicate effectively using presentations and technical discussions
    12. Recognize codes of ethics and professional responsibilities related to construction engineering
    13. Make informed ethical and professional judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in contemporary global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
    14. Assess legal and contractual situations and analyze construction organizations' financial strengths and weaknesses
    15. Use their liberal arts background and their rounded knowledge to fully engage in contemporary issues and respond to societal needs, new trends, and advances in the field
    16. Demonstrate leadership skills and employ them adequately
    17. Develop a teamwork plan including organization, goals, responsibilities, communications, and conflict resolution
    18. Function effectively both independently and in a collaborative and inclusive teamwork environment whose members together establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
    19. Conduct appropriate experimentation in the areas of fluid mechanics, materials engineering, soil mechanics, and hydraulics
    20. Interpret experimentation in the areas of fluid mechanics, materials engineering, soil mechanics, and hydraulics to draw conclusions
    21. Engage in undergraduate research resulting in publications
    22. Acquire new knowledge, skills, techniques, communications technologies, and engineering tools

    The students' attainment of the abovementioned performance indicators is measured quantitatively throughout the curriculum.

  • All students take a wide variety of courses in construction engineering, such as material testing, construction methods, soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, structural analysis and design, hydraulics, project management, contracts, construction materials, planning and cost management, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, and others.

    Students then specialize in one or more of the following concentrations by completing a set of courses as indicated in each concentration.

    1. Construction Materials and Structures: Students can choose among advanced topics in construction materials and quality control, structural mechanics, steel and concrete bridges, tall buildings, prestressed concrete structures, and others.
    2. Construction Management and Technology: Students study advanced topics in risk management and bidding strategies, and design, modeling, and simulation of construction systems.
    3. Infrastructure: Students can choose among advanced topics related to highway facilities, design of water and wastewater treatment plants, functional design and construction of tunnels and bridges, construction of environmental and sanitary systems, advanced applications in geotechnical engineering, and others.
  • Our graduates work in leading positions for top contracting, engineering, and development firms such as Orascom, Hassan Allam, Dorra Group, JLL, Gleeds, Mace, Dar al-handasah, Hill International, Al-Futtaim, DMG, Emaar and so on. Those who pursue academic careers are teaching and conducting research in prestigious international universities such as Cambridge, Purdue, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Missouri S&T, Manitoba, and others.

  • Construction Engineering Department alumni work in leading positions for top contracting, engineering, and development firms such as:

    • Orascom
    • Hassan Allam
    • Dorra Group
    • JLL
    • Gleeds
    • Mace
    • Dar al-handasah
    • Hill International
    • Al-Futtaim
    • DMG
    • Emaar
    • Academic careers in teaching and research

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The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits the Construction Engineering program. The Supreme Council of Egyptian Universities also accredits the program.

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