Involving Industry Partners In Construction Engineering And Management Capstone Courses

Phil Lewis, Michael Leming
2010 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
The objective of this paper is to share the experiences of faculty using a case study project in a construction engineering capstone course as part of a construction engineering and management curriculum. This case study may be used by others as a model for incorporating industry partners in capstone courses. Completing the case study project allowed students to demonstrate proficiency in the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Criterion 3c, 3e, and 3g, which were major
more » ... hich were major objectives of the course. For the case study presented here, the students were required to design the construction process for an electrical substation project that had recently been completed by the industry partner. At the completion of the case study project, the students presented their results to a panel of professionals including the course instructor, two members representing the industry partner, and two members representing the local electrical utility company. The industry partner also conducted job interviews for all students that were interested in a career with their company. Thus, the industry partnering relationship had several positive results, including: 1) the students successfully completed the proposed learning outcomes of the course, 2) the students had an enriched learning experience by working closely with industry professionals, 3) the students were able to explore an exciting and emerging field in the area of construction engineering and management, and 4) the students were presented with an opportunity to begin their professional careers by interviewing for employment with the industry partner.
doi:10.18260/1-2--16197 fatcat:76aphbux45ctnadddtihzcwhte