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A " Real World" Approach To Construction Engineering Technology Education: Phase Ii Senior Capstone Experience

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Real-world Applications in ET

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7.9.1 - 7.9.10

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Randall Timi

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Dannie Hutchinson

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William Strenth

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James Otter

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Session 2147


James L. Otter, William Strenth, Randall Timi, Dannie Hutchinson

Pittsburg State University

INTRODUCTION What happens when successful professional construction design/build activities are integrated into an established four-year construction engineering technology and construction management program? Hopefully, the result will be a highly skilled and educated construction professional prepared to respond to the ever-changing fast-paced world of construction. These desired results can be accomplished by creating an academic program that simulates a "real-world" construction environment within an academic setting. In essence, throw away the traditional "lecture and release" approach to higher education and create an experiential, real world "learn by doing" approach to construction education. This particular construction education concept was initiated several years ago by a group o f construction faculty from Pittsburg State University with a variety of professional backgrounds in construction, architecture, engineering, and construction management with a goal to develop a new academic approach to construction education. The approach is relatively simple. Instructors would no longer focus on traditional lecturing, classroom activities, grading and assignments. Instead, they would focus on leading, guiding and mentoring groups of students in design, operations, methodology and management in a simulated construction company environment. This process would require students at each level, first year through graduate, to become part of a multi-faceted, multi-functional construction design/manage/construct organization inside a university environment. Faculty would become company officers, CEO's, senior project managers, department managers, etc. First year students would assume introductory roles (plan reviewers, as-built and shop drawing developers, quantity takeoff surveyors, etc.). Each year a student would move up to a different more advanced role. Field engineers, material testers and estimators at the second year level. Senior estimators, project engineers, superintendents at the

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Timi, R., & Hutchinson, D., & Strenth, W., & Otter, J. (2002, June), A " Real World" Approach To Construction Engineering Technology Education: Phase Ii Senior Capstone Experience Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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