Construction engineering technology is a professional discipline that deals with the designing, planning, construction, and management of infrastructures such as roads, tunnels, bridges, airports, railroads, facilities, buildings, dams, and utilities. These technicians are unique such that they are a cross between civil engineers and construction managers. Construction engineering technologists learn the designing aspect much like civil engineers and construction site management functions much like construction managers.
At the educational level, construction managers are not as focused on design work as they are on construction procedures, methods, and people management. Their primary concern is to deliver a project on time, within budget, and of the desired quality.
The difference between a construction engineering technologist and a civil engineer is that civil engineering is an engineering discipline. Civil engineering students concentrate more on the design work, which is more analytical, gearing them toward a career as a design professional. This essentially requires them to take a multitude challenging design courses. Construction engineering students take basic design courses as well as construction management courses. This allows them to understand both basic design functions as well as the building requirements needed to design and build today’s infrastructures.