Three seniors in the new civil and construction engineering program are one step closer to achieving their goals after recently passing two national exams.
Landon R. Voigt of Harrison; Ignace Mugabo Nkurikiyimfura of Butare, Rwanda; and Pacifique Nshuti Mwabo of Kigali, Rwanda, are on pace to be a part of the first graduating class in the new program next spring.
All three took the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and the Associate Constructor Examination, handled by the Constructor Certification Commission of the American Institute of Constructors.
Both exams are rigorous, day-long tests that require extensive knowledge in several areas. For the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination, engineering seniors must demonstrate knowledge in such topics as materials science, thermodynamics, engineering ethics, and electrical circuits. The national pass rate is around 70 percent.
The Associate Constructor Examination tests knowledge in the area of project administration, from bidding and estimating to construction materials and construction methods. Nationally, only 55 percent of test-takers pass the exam.
“These student accomplishments mark a major milestone in the development of the new UALR civil and construction engineering program,” said Dr. Nickolas Jovanovic, associate professor in the department. “Our students will be able to list these major accomplishments on their resumes, job applications, and graduate school applications.”