Construction engineering is a professional discipline that involves the designing, planning, construction, and management of infrastructures, such as: highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams, and utilities.
Construction engineers are like a combination of civil engineers and construction managers. They learn the designing aspect like civil engineers and the construction site management functions like construction managers. Construction manager specifically focuses on construction procedures, methods, and people management. Their primary concern is to deliver the project on time, within budget, and its desired quality. On the other hand, civil engineer concentrates more on the design work, essentially requiring them to take a multitude of design courses.
For a construction engineer, they have the ability to take the Professional Engineer licensure exam that will give them the title of engineer. They take design courses as well as construction management courses. Therefore, construction engineer should understand both the design function and the building requirements needed to design the build an infrastructure at the same time. They should be able to create infrastructure that best meets the unique demands of its environment, understand infrastructure life cycles, and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. Therefore, a construction engineer should have a strong understanding of math and science, and other skills that include critical and analytical thinking, time management, people management, and good communication skills.
If you wanted to pursue a career as a construction engineer, the entry-level position is typically called project engineers or assistant project engineers. They are responsible for preparing purchasing requisitions, processing change orders, preparing monthly budgeting reports, and handling meeting minutes. For this career, it is not necessary to acquire a Professional Engineer license, but it can be good for your career and will make you more preferable than other candidates for the job. Note that it is strongly advised to sit for the Engineer in Training exam or EIT while you are in college because it takes four to five years post graduate to obtain the PE license.