Your Future in Construction

Our graduates have 100% job placement within 3 months of graduation. Most students sign employment contracts during the Fall semester of their senior year. Many graduating seniors have 3-6 full-time job offers and an average starting salary of $65,000.

What does a career in construction look like?

Job Types

A degree in CEM will prepare you to excel in a variety of professions that support the design, planning, financing, and building of commercial, residential and civil infrastructure. Future professions for CEM graduates include: 

  • Project Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Superintendent
  • Estimator
  • Virtual Design Coordinator
  • Business Development

Types of Employers

CEM graduates work for a variety of companies that support the construction industry including:

  • General Contractor
  • Specialty Contractors
    • Geotech
    • Concrete
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
    • Drywall
    • Asphalt
    • Plumbing
    • And many more!
  • Design Build Firms
  • Engineering Firms
  • Owners' Representatives

Paying for School

Internships

We strongly encourage students to complete internships during the summer. This is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience related to their major, apply what they are learning in the classroom, and make money.

Co-ops

Co-ops are designed to give students real-world experience in their career during the third and fourth year of their education. Students work with the same company for two semesters back-to-back (including summer), then return for a semester of coursework before returning for another semester of work. This provides in-depth training for students prior to graduation. For more information about co-ops, click here. A co-op experience typically extends a student’s graduation by 1 year. Click here for the modified Checksheet of study.

Employment after school

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction holds a Career Fair every fall and spring semester. Over 110 companies attend each semester to recruit CEM students for internships, co-ops, and entry-level positions. Students can also attend the Civil Engineering Career Fair and the Engineering Expo.

Students can also visit the following resources for more internship and career opportunities: