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Finance Major to Construction Engineer and Manager: Summer Internship 2018

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

ConstDiv Technical Session 1 - Capstone & Case Study

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Construction Engineering

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Tyler Jack Moravec The University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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I am a second year masters candidate at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln where I am getting my degree in Construction Engineering and Management. My focus of study is on contract delivery systems and how they provide added value to a construction site. I currently work for Kiewit Building Group, Inc. as an engineer intern until the completion of my graduate degree.

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Kelli R Kopocis University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Terry Lee Stentz University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health Science, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, NE.

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The purpose of this article is to give insight into the knowledge, or lack thereof, that an undergraduate of finance has when matriculating into a master’s degree in construction engineering and management. On the surface, there would seem to be a large gap in the knowledge that a finance student has versus what they will be required to know in order to enter into the construction management field. However, there are many advantages that a finance student can bring to a construction engineering and management program. Finance students are taught to think critically and analyze every detail of a company in order to determine its value both in the short term and the long term. A construction project is managed much like a company. By the end of the project, the goal is to build a product on schedule, on budget, and per contract. Finance students are trained to identify how and where profit can be made through critical analysis of financial statements. A large portion of the work a construction manager does has to do with budgeting and forecasting the future. Extrapolating data and understanding what the data means is a key factor to how finance students study and work. This thought process is valuable to the construction industry.

Moravec, T. J., & Kopocis, K. R., & Stentz, T. L. (2019, June), Finance Major to Construction Engineer and Manager: Summer Internship 2018 Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32841

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