Impact of a construction management educational intervention on the expertise and work practice of nonconstruction engineers

David Grau, W. Edward Back, Guillermo Mejia-Aguilar, Robert C. Morris

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Abstract

This study investigated the influence of a construction management educational intervention on the expertise and work practice of nonconstruction engineers affiliated with a premiere U.S. engineering procurement and contractor (EPC) firm. In this experimental study, nonconstruction engineers with a supervisory role in the delivery of capital projects were instructed in three fundamental construction management subjects, i.e. front-end planning, contracts and project execution, and project completion and team dynamics. These subjects were independently instructed in a traditional classroom-style setting. To capture the sustained impact of the educational intervention, a self-assessment survey tool was designed and distributed to the instructed engineers 4 months after the intervention. The educational intervention resulted in a significant gain in construction expertise among the engineers. The intervention also induced positive changes in the work practice of the instructed engineers and of their organization, such as the development of solid intercommunication skills across engineering disciplines. Overall, the results of this study indicate a significant opportunity for transferring construction management principles and techniques to the engineers in the U.S. construction workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-85
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Volume138
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Construction management
  • Continuing education
  • Engineering education
  • Professional development
  • Professional practice
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management

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