Education for Construction

by Albert G.H. Dietz, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Building Engrg., Emeritus; Dept. of Agriculture, Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,
William A. Litle, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, Mass.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 347-364

Document Type: Journal Paper


Education for construction is extremely diverse, reflecting diversity in the industry. Starting with the first formal degree courses in the 1920's, it now comprises many university programs, ranging from small options in existing departments of civil engineering, architecture, and management, to full separate departments offering undergraduate and graduate programs. Many utilize the AGC suggested curricula, others do not. Programs may be sophisticated and based on mathematical theory, or they may be mainly pragmatic. The trend is toward emphasis on organization, management and control. Differences from traditional engineering and architectural curricula lead to questions of professional recognition and accreditation. Financing is a perennial problem. Curricula at technical institutions grow at a rapid rate, reflecting demands by the construction industry for a wide range of educational backgrounds.

Subject Headings: Curricula | Education | Construction management | Existing buildings | Undergraduate study | Mathematics | Business organizations | Professional development

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