Academic Program

Affectionately known as “ConE,” the Iowa State University construction engineering program is accredited by ABET and is administered by a professor-in-charge, W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Charles Jahren (2001-2006, 2011-present), in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Iowa State University’s bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in construction engineering prepares students for entry in the field or further study at the graduate level in construction engineering or related fields of study, such as law, business, and other engineering disciplines. The curriculum is accredited under the General Criteria and Construction Engineering Program Criteria by the Engineering Commission of ABET.

The curriculum blends engineering, management, and business sciences into the study of the processes of construction whereby designers’ plans and specifications are converted into physical structures and facilities. Construction engineers must possess strong fundamental knowledge of engineering design and management principles. Graduates of this curriculum may engage in design of temporary structures, coordination of project design, systems design, cost estimating, planning and scheduling, company and project management, materials procurement, equipment selection, and cost control. Since 1960, the program has graduated 2,625

Since 1960, the program has graduated 2,625 bachelor ’s degrees, and through an emphasis in the civil engineering curriculum, 136 master’s degrees and 16doctorates. Job placement rate is among the highest in Iowa State University’s College of Engineering, typically 90 percent or better. Faculty and staff devote their time, talent, and experience to preparing students for immediate employment after graduation. Alumni are employed throughout Iowa, the Midwest and the U.S. in top administrative contractor positions.

Awards & Activities

  • MCAA Chapter of Excellence, 4 years running

Student Chapter

The goal of Iowa State University Mechanical Contractors Association (ISU MCA) is to develop and support an interest in the specialty trades of mechanical construction. The student chapter is associated with the Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa (MCAI) as well as the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

Our Objectives

  1. Promote communication and networking between student members and contractor members.
  2. Expand the student members’ knowledge of the mechanical industry.
  3. Unite and promote fellowship between student members and the professional societies that serve the mechanical industry.
  4. Familiarize students, faculty, and administration with the professional character and economic impact of the mechanical industry


  • MCA Golf outing, sponsored by MCA of Iowa
  • MEP Career Fair, in conjunction with the NECA student chapter, invites industry members interested in hiring mechanical and electrical students
  • MCAA Student Summit
  • MCAA National Convention
Iowa State University
813 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011

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