Construction Engineering Management Emphasis

Connecting Industry with Students and Students with Industry

CEM students visit a construction site at 22nd and Kino in Tucson

The University of Arizona Construction Engineering Management emphasis within the bachelor's degree in civil engineering combines the business of construction with the technical side of engineering through classes, seminars and extracurricular activities.

The CEM emphasis builds upon the ABET-accredited foundation of the department of civil engineering and engineering mechanics by offering technical electives in construction management, scheduling, and quantity take-off and cost estimating. Additional opportunities – including seminars on leadership, internships, construction site visits, guest speakers, and clubs and competitions – give students real-world experiences and job connections.


UA Construction Engineering Management is grateful for the generous support of the following 2016-2017 donors:


The Construction Engineering Management emphasis continues to gain momentum with industry and students. Read the latest updates here:

Hear what students, alumni and industry professionals have to say about CEM in this informative flier (PDF).


Among the many rigorous and industry-relevant courses in the department are several related specifically to construction.

Scholarships and Competitions

Opportunities abound for students interested in funding their education or enriching their academic experience with scholarships, seminars and construction competitions.

Student Organizations

Student Resources

  • Photos of Site Visits: One of the most valuable elements of the CEM emphasis is the time spent at construction sites. Dean Papajohn provides galleries from recent visits. 
  • Careers in Heavy Construction: Find out why real engineers chose careers in heavy construction, and see available jobs and internships on this site prepared by the Beavers honorary society.
  • Tips for Internships: What should interns know to get the most out of their time on the job? A Sundt employee speaks.
  • I Build America: Videos from an initiative that shows the importance of construction in our modern lives. 
  • Tips from Turner (PDF): What students should know about transitioning to professional life after graduation.

Students visit a construction site on Silverbell RoadBenefits to Students

Why choose the CEM emphasis?

  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 Takeoff.
  6. Students expand their understanding and views of career opportunities in construction. 
  7. Students have the opportunity to pursue construction-related interests through construction-focused clubs and competitions.

Benefits to Industry

Why support the CEM emphasis?

  1. Industry has a source of potential interns and new hires who are knowledgeable and motivated to work in the field. 
  2. Industry has reduced training time and cost of new hires. 
  3. Industry has input into the course content. 
  4. Industry has contact with students and faculty to foster collaborations.


Dean Papajohn, Associate Professor of Practice 


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University of Arizona College of Engineering