Construction Engineering Technology

Students and professor in construction classThe ABET-accredited Construction Engineering Technology (CNET) program in the Department of Engineering Technology at the University of North Texas builds a strong foundation in mathematics, science, engineering and general education. You will be trained in a variety of backgrounds, which will enable you to achieve professional success in Construction Engineering/Management or related fields.

Students will acquire the following skills during their time in the program:

  • Construction methods and materials
  • Computer aid design
  • Structures
  • Construction management
  • Construction scheduling and control
  • Construction contracts and laws

Technical and management skills are enhanced through laboratory sections, which are tied to most of the Construction Engineering Technology major courses. The latest technologies in construction are actively implemented in the curriculum, including cold-formed steel construction and building information modeling.

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Structural Testing Lab

The structural testing lab includes a 16 feet by 12 feet adaptable reaction frame equipped with one 35 kip hydraulic actuator, one electrical controlled power unit and one multi-channel data acquisition system. The new lab enables students to perform both static and dynamic structural tests on beams, columns and shear walls in order to investigate the behavior and strength of those building components or systems.

The second phase includes a truss testing rig, which is equipped with 31 hydraulic cylinders and provides a uniform load up to 10,000 pounds per foot. This equipment is suitable for testing full scale trusses up to 60 feet by 20 feet. A 20 GPM MTS hydraulic power unit was added to support both the new truss rig and the existing reaction frame. Conducted research is being funded by:

  • American Iron and Steel Institute
  • Steel Stud Manufacturers Association
  • Worthington-IBS

soils laboratory and a construction methods and materials laboratory are located at the high bay area inside Discovery Park. Comprehensive experimental devices for soil analysis, such as gradation analysis, consolidation tests and permeability tests, have been installed in the soils lab. Dr. Arnold is developing this lab as part of CNET 3460 Soils and Foundations.

Learn more about student research, resources and work space.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates will demonstrate strong leadership, management, communication, and teamwork skills while applying their acquired knowledge of mathematics, engineering and technology to identify, analyze, and solve problems pertaining to construction projects.  These capabilities will be demonstrated as follows:


Graduates (%)

Time Frame (yrs)

1. Students in graduate school

5 – 25

1 – 3

2. Employment in Construction Industry

50 – 70

1 – 5

3. Position in Construction Related Engineering Design Firms

5 – 20

1 – 5

4. Management Position in Construction Industry

10 – 35

5 – 10

5. Achievement of Professional Designation, i.e., Professional Engineer; LEED AP; Certified professional Contractor

5 – 15

4 – 10

6. Officer of Professional Association related to Construction Industry

5 – 15

3 – 5


Student Outcomes

  1. Estimating costs, estimating quantities, and evaluating materials for construction projects.
  2. Utilizing measuring methods, hardware, and software that are appropriate for field, laboratory, and office processes related to construction.
  3. Applying fundamental computational methods and elementary analytical techniques in sub-disciplines related to construction engineering.
  4. Producing and utilizing design, construction, and operations documents.
  5. Performing economic analysis and cost estimates related to design, construction, and maintenance of systems associated with construction engineering.
  6. Selecting appropriate construction material and practices.
  7. Applying appropriate principles of construction management, law, and ethics.
  8. Performing standard analysis and design in a least one sub-discipline related to construction engineering.
  9. Designing systems, components, or processes for broadly defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  10. Functioning effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  11. Applying written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  12. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  13. Knowing the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  14. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.