The architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry is the nation’s largest industry employing over 10% of the workforce. There is a critical shortage of engineering and construction professionals to fill a variety of rewarding design, managerial, and supervisory roles in this multi-faceted, dynamic industry. That void is continuing to grow. Program graduates receive excellent starting salaries and substantial opportunities for rapid advancement and pay increases as they gain industry experience. Career opportunities can be found throughout Arkansas,Â neighboring states, and around the world.
B.S. and M.S. in Construction Management, B.S. in Civil and Construction Engineering,Â B.S. in Architectural and Construction Engineering, and B.S. in Environmental EngineeringÂ graduates from the UALR’s Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) are equipped to meet the technical challenges of the 21st century and the highly specialized demands of the modern architecture, engineering, and construction industry.
Students and graduates are prepared with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to achieve success in their chosen engineering and construction fields. State of the art classrooms and laboratories are equipped with cutting edge engineering and construction web and internet based software, Internet II access, and Virtual Reality Modeling. Besides providing financial, technical, and advisory support to the program, the Arkansas construction industryÂ also allows students to experience the dynamics of a real construction site. TheÂ department’s Advisory Boards, comprised of Arkansas engineering and construction leaders, have helped to build the foundation for nationally recognized engineering and construction programs geared to real-world applications and expertise.
Preparing Professional Constructors and Engineers for the Technological Future
The program faculty’s philosophy on education is founded in the belief that adult students learn by doing and that their real-world experiences enhance professor’ ability to teach. This is reinforced by faculty members teaching courses in their fields of construction experience and by hands on technical and computer laboratories. Local industry support enhances the program further by providing scholarships, internships, and high starting salaries. Over 98% of Construction Management, Civl andÂ Construction Engineering, and Architectural and Construction EngineeringÂ students have full time employment before graduation.
A Diverse Curriculum for a Diverse Career
Program graduates are primarily employed by local constructors, but opportunities exist throughout Arkansas and around the world. Graduates may also choose to work for design firms, government agencies, technical companies, manufacturers, fabricators, suppliers, and many have decided to start their own business. The options are almost limitless in such diverse fields as:
- Commercial Design and Construction
- Heavy Highway Design and Construction
- Industrial Design and Construction
- Residential Design and Construction
- Retail & Tenant Improvement
- Facilities Management
- Equipment & Material Sales
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- Federal and State Agencies