Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology is part of the engineering field which requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities. The mission of the Department of Engineering Technology is to provide students an academically challenging program of study in technical fields that prepares graduates to make immediate contributions, to establish successful careers, and to assume leadership roles in engineering, manufacturing, and construction. By leveraging the substantial experience of its faculty, the department offers programs focused on application and experiential learning that support the combination of conceptual and practical skills. This approach allows our students to see technology in terms of theory, implementation, and innovation.

The Department offers online graduate programs of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Construction Science and Management (CSM) and Quality and Engineering Management (QEM). These allow our students to maintain professional and personal commitments while furthering their education.

Master of Science in Construction Science and Management

The master’s in construction science and management (CSM) at Tarleton State University is designed to help advance construction graduates into more middle and senior management level roles. The program is designed as a pathway to acquire more technical skills that are synonymous with the current changes the industry is experiencing with technology advancement. The program focuses on management applications for all interdisciplinary studies in commercial, industrial, residential, heavy civil, and mixed used constructions, leveraging on fundamental and advanced knowledge skills in addressing the wide range of challenges required to solve practical site and office challenges the industry continues to experience.

Graduates from the program will have improved skills in estimating, scheduling, project management, leadership, and legal issues leveraging on advanced skill sets that guides technological innovation. Our graduates will be well rounded in decision making, risk management, quality management, sustainable concepts, BIM, and other computer applications in construction from pre-construction to maintenance stages. The program is supported by the Construction Industry Advisory Council (CIAC) which provides our graduates with access to practical experience, research opportunities, and guest lectures using real-world scenarios to help graduates choose a path into the industry or into Ph.D. fields that best align with their interest and learning.

Admission to the master's of construction science and management requires a bachelors degree in construction science and management, civil engineering, or other related field of study from an accredited institution. Students not meeting the requirement will be considered for admission on an individual basis and may be subject to the completion of appropriate undergraduate courses. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, and make grades of C or better in all required courses on the degree plan. Grades completed in other institutions or at Tarleton before the start of the master’s program will not be automatically included, but will be subject to the C requirement and evaluated on course-by-course matching. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred.

This online program is designed with two 30-hour options: Non-Thesis and Thesis Option, both options are flexible to accommodate professional working students with career goal for attaining advanced knowledge and getting promoted to a more senior management role. Our flexible Thesis option allows for a project-based study with no interest for a Ph.D. program and research study and writing for students inclined to go for a Ph.D. program.

Program Special Benefits:

  • Designed to help the students increase their earning and promotion potential through enhanced skill sets with several technical and hands-on experience studies to become a better executor and manager of engineered works.
  • Industry managers on advisory board help play a vital role to ensure graduates gain the most relevant skill sets that are marketable and in high demand in construction.
  • Emphasis on the application of techniques and tools to address the complexity of estimating and scheduling without impeding on safety and quality while managing processes and logistics for long lead items for successful project delivery.

This program is pending SACSCOC approval.

CNST 5301Research Fundamentals in Construction Management3
CNST 5302Construction Project Management Principles3
CNST 5310Advanced Construction Cost, Cash Flow Analysis and Bidding3
CNST 5312Advanced Project Scheduling and Controlling3
CNST 5313Advanced Building Information Modeling3
CNST 5322Sustainability in Construction3
CNST 5323Productivity in Construction and Lean Fundamentals3
CNST 5326Advanced Construction Materials, Methods, and Equipment Operations3
Total Hours24
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CNST 5303Leadership in Construction Management3
CNST 5320Contracts and Legal Issues in Construction3
CNST 5321Construction Risks Analysis and Management3

Thesis option
CNST 5088Thesis6

Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management

The mission of the Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management (QEM) program is to provide an online pathway for working professionals to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the operations management area of many industries. The QEM also provides a unique opportunity for professionals with non-technical degrees to enter the program after leveling, recognizing that challenges to the management of quality and associated processes are industry agnostic and that their solutions require people with a diverse set of backgrounds. Students are able to further focus their studies with concentrations in Engineering Management, Construction, and Industrial Distribution. The program also offers a thesis option for Engineering Management.

The engineering management discipline bridges the gap between engineering and management. The American Society for Engineering Management defines engineering management as “an art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities that have a technological component.” Lastly, the program provides students a foundational knowledge for obtaining Project Management Institute, American Society for Quality, and Association for Supply Chain Management professional certifications.

Leveling Requirements

After an MS in QEM applicant is admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, his/her transcript is evaluated by the Engineering Technology Department. The student's educational background and work experience is evaluated to determine what leveling requirements or program prerequisites may be needed. Basic prerequisites include coursework in statistics, project management, and engineering economy. A student who does not have coursework in these areas should expect to take the ENGT 5300, Engineering Management Survey leveling course. This course does not count toward the 30 hours required for the degree.

ENGT 5303Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis3
ENGT 5324Statistics for Engineering Management 13
ENGT 5325Advanced Concepts in Six Sigma3
ENGT 5332Financial Risk for Engineering Project Management3
ENGT 5368Quality Management3
ENGT 5385Advanced Concepts in Project Management3
Total Hours18
CNST 5313Advanced Building Information Modeling3
CNST 5320Contracts and Legal Issues in Construction3
CNST 5322Sustainability in Construction3
CNST 5326Advanced Construction Materials, Methods, and Equipment Operations3
Total Hours12

Engineering Management
ENGT 5336Production and Inventory Control3
ENGT 5345Systems Engineering3
ENGT 5362Supply Chain Management3
ENGT 5398Research in Engineering Management Topics3
Total Hours12

Engineering Management Thesis
ENGT 5088Thesis6
ENGT 5345Systems Engineering3
ENGT 5362Supply Chain Management3
Total Hours12

Industrial Distribution
ENGT 5336Production and Inventory Control3
ENGT 5362Supply Chain Management3
ENGT 5365Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution3
ENGT 5398Research in Engineering Management Topics3
Total Hours12

The thesis option involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to the prescribed course work. A thesis proposal will be prepared by the student for approval by the student's advisory committee and the College of Graduate Studies prior to the initiation of research. The thesis proposal and the thesis will be in conformance with the guidelines and deadlines established by the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis must demonstrate the capability of the student to perform original research and to present the results obtained from such research in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.

Construction Courses

CNST 5086. Special Problems in Construction Management. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Individual problems in the area of building construction involving the application of theory and practice. Selected topics in an identified field of construction management.

CNST 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until thesis is completed. Student must have submitted approved thesis proposal before taking for credit.

CNST 5301. Research Fundamentals in Construction Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Research fundamentals in preparation for conducting studies related to construction which include topics such as research tools, proposal writing, and research reports; emphasis on research planning and design, conducting a comprehensive review of literature, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, defining research problems in construction management, and the development of research proposals.

CNST 5302. Construction Project Management Principles. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Principles, theories, practical applications, and strategic development in the management of contemporary construction projects; advanced techniques used in scheduling and evaluating progress in construction project control; exploration of state-of-the-art management principles and practices, and development of additional insights.

CNST 5303. Leadership in Construction Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers personal leadership styles and how to communicate and work effectively with diverse groups of individuals who have different approaches, cultures, and backgrounds. This is accomplished through various team activities and/or a series of personal assessments and surveys.

CNST 5310. Advanced Construction Cost, Cash Flow Analysis and Bidding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Determination of quantities for various types of construction materials and works including earthwork, foundations, structural systems, mechanical and electrical systems, and building finishes; methods used for pricing of construction works including labor, materials, equipment, sub-contractors, overhead, and profit; cash flow for owner and contractor; construction economics including life cycle cost of a project; bidding process and methods.

CNST 5312. Advanced Project Scheduling and Controlling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced techniques and computer applications for the planning, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling of contemporary construction projects; includes key scheduling techniques such as Gantt Chart, CPM, PERT, LSM, and EVM; practical scheduling practices such as tracking, controlling, and forecasting trends of schedules, cost controls, and reporting.

CNST 5313. Advanced Building Information Modeling. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduces techniques for creating, managing, and applying building information models in the building design and construction process. The course covers processes and tools for creating, organizing, and working with 3D, 4D, 5D, and 6D modeling representations of building components and geometries to produce models used in architectural design, construction planning and documentation, rendering and visualization, simulation, and analysis. The course also focuses on clash detection in determining project issues and constraints; project team communication and collaboration.

CNST 5320. Contracts and Legal Issues in Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploration of contractual relationships, legal roles and responsibilities, and contract types and address issues of contract law, legal issues, and insurance. The course will focus on disputes that typically arise in project performance and the options that exist to resolve potential liabilities that typically arise in residential and commercial construction disputes. Contract dispute resolution including negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation of disputes will be studied.

CNST 5321. Construction Risks Analysis and Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced construction risk analysis and management applicable to the construction industry; risk analysis procedures; identification of common disputes and construction risks among the owner, design professionals, and contractor; analysis of construction contracts with an emphasis on troublesome provisions and solutions.

CNST 5322. Sustainability in Construction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Sustainable materials and methods in meeting the needs of contemporary construction projects without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; overview of international, national, and local programs promoting sustainable construction; characteristics of the components of successful sustainable construction projects; theories and practices through case studies; examination of current policies and requirements for sustainable construction such as LEED and NGBS.

CNST 5323. Productivity in Construction and Lean Fundamentals. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in-depth study of common issues relating to productivity improvements in construction. Introduction to lean history, concepts, and methods; deduction of basic training modules in lean project delivery; application of lean management in construction projects.

CNST 5326. Advanced Construction Materials, Methods, and Equipment Operations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced construction materials and methods of construction with an emphasis on the design and construction process; includes structural steel and other metals, foundation materials, precast and tilt-up wall concrete, concrete reinforcement including pre-stressing, wood dimension lumber framing, and heavy timber framing; Equipment operation and selections.

Engineering Technology Courses

ENGT 5086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to meet the needs of Manufacturing Quality and Leadership students who have above average academic ability and who need to pursue subject matter that is not normally included in the Manufacturing Quality and Leadership curriculum. Approval for enrollment in this course shall be with the concurrence of the individual instructor and the department head.

ENGT 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to meet the needs of Quality and Engineering Management students who have above average academic ability and who need to pursue subject matter that is not normally included in the curriculum. A master’s thesis is a piece of original scholarship written under the direction of a faculty advisor. A master’s thesis is similar to a doctoral dissertation, but it is generally shorter and more narrowly focused. Students who chose to write a master’s thesis often do so because they are interested in pursuing research. Like a good journal article, a master’s thesis will respond to a debate of Engineering Management literature and will bring new evidence or arguments to bear upon the topic. Approval for enrollment in this course shall be with the concurrence of the individual instructor and the department head.

ENGT 5300. Engineering Management Survey. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explores the concepts of the time value of money, project definition and control, and uncertainty in project evaluation. The course is intended for students who do not have the required backgrounds in engineering economics, project management, and statistics needed for the QEM program and does not count towards the degree requirements. Prerequisite: Advisor approval.

ENGT 5303. Engineering Economics and Decision Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Analysis of engineering costs and capital investments. Applications of classical optimization, mathematical programming, and the theory of production to the analysis of investment proposals. Evaluation and selection of individual projects and formulation of capital investment programs.

ENGT 5324. Statistics for Engineering Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to decision making using quantitative methods. In addition to exploratory data analysis, basic probability, distribution theory, and statistical inference will be covered. Special topics will include experimental design, regression, control charts, and acceptance sampling.

ENGT 5325. Advanced Concepts in Six Sigma. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Six Sigma and Design of Experiments allows students to identify and apply statistical variation methods that enable improvements for enhanced operational performance. Six Sigma is a data-driven approach for eliminating defects and waste in a business or operational process. Six Sigma knowledge can be applied to enhance operational and process performance resulting in improved effectiveness and efficiency. Six Sigma knowledge and skills enhance a student’s ability to identify and implement process variation resolution. The course will apply the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control process. The course will emphasize the use of data driven measures through Design of Experiments, Measures of Variation, and Data Analysis. Prerequisite: ENGT 5368 ENGT 5324.

ENGT 5332. Financial Risk for Engineering Project Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Financial Risk Management for Engineering Projects addresses the process used to identify potential project financial risks both positive and negative. This course will provide an understanding of the project financial risk impacts as they relate to projects. The course will focus on the combination of risks and impacts to quality, operational, and financial issues as prescribed by risk practices. The course consists of identifying risks, analyzing them, and responding to risks throughout the project life cycle. This course is accomplished through application of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 31004 and International Standards Organization (ISO) 3100 methods. Prerequisite: ENGT 5303.

ENGT 5336. Production and Inventory Control. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explores the planning and control systems and processes that operate within a typical factory or service organization including: demand management, forecasting, sales and operations planning, scheduling, material requirements planning, and capacity management. The concepts of Enterprise Resource Planning, Just-in-Time, and supply chains are introduced. This course helps prepare students for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management certification exams.

ENGT 5345. Systems Engineering. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Concepts of systems thinking. Covers the methodology used in systems engineering, including concept exploration and development, product/service development, system design/production, maintenance and support, and system domains definition and implementation.

ENGT 5346. Manufacturing Systems Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of concepts and models used as a competitive advantage in the management of processes to produce and supply goods in the manufacturing/ service industries. Topics will include operations management and strategy, product design and learning curves, project management, Manufacturing/Service process selection and design. Applications of Operations Research science techniques enable the development of the Manufacturing Systems Management methodologies.

ENGT 5362. Supply Chain Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploration of the key drivers associated with the design and management of industrial supply chains. The course will focus in covering high level supply chain strategy and concepts, and the use of analytical tools to solve supply chain problem. Specific content will include strategy, supply chain metrics and drivers, network design, forecasting, sales and operations planning, supply chain uncertainty, inventory, sourcing and sustainability and technology. Course helps prepare students for the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification exam.

ENGT 5365. Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of how logistics, transportation, and distribution systems operate across an enterprise and how they can be made more efficient. Topics include: Strategy, order management, inventory and warehouse management, packaging and materials handling, transportation fundamentals. Global logistics basics, reverse logistics, and sustainability. This course helps prepare students for the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD) certification exam.

ENGT 5368. Quality Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The course focuses on the practical application of process improvement tools and the reduction of variation in production and operations processes. Statistical process control charts are created, and process capabilities are determined through the use of problems and case studies that cross multiple industries. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation, understanding, and use of quality principles and concepts throughout the problem-solving process. The history of the quality movement is covered and along with the steps in the quality improvement process. Best practices are presented, such as ISO 9000 Standards, Six Sigma, and supplier certification. Quality Function Deployment and Design of Experiments are introduced along with costs of quality and product liability issues. Prerequisite: ENGT 5324 or concurrent enrollment.

ENGT 5376. Automated Manufacturing Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).


ENGT 5385. Advanced Concepts in Project Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Project Management is the use of specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to deliver project value to a customer or organization. Project Management is a set of principles and guidelines to manage and deliver a project. Use of Project Management concepts improve project delivery success within budget, scope, and schedule to customers and stakeholders. This course explores major problems, tasks and techniques required to manage a technical project through each phase of a project’s life cycle of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing. Each phase of the project life cycle as defined by Project Management Institute, and International Standards Organization are applied. Additional concepts such as: Earned Value Analysis (EVA), Critical Path Management (CPM), Project Requirements Analysis, Requirements Control Analysis (RCA), Risk Assessment, and Monte Carlo Analysis will be explored in depth. Prerequisite: ENGT 5324.

ENGT 5398. Research in Engineering Management Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Engineering Research exposes the student to the complexities and realities of completing an in-depth research paper using American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines on a topic of real-world technology needs. Guides the student through an in-depth application of the principles, techniques of quality and engineering technical research. Technology innovation is a result of engineering research leading to new products and methods for today’s global needs. During Engineering Research students write papers based on self-chosen technology topic that reflects the complexities and realities of that subject. Engineering Research enhances student competency through an in-depth topic’s research paper. Students will review current literature in the topic field and write a comprehensive report on the topic. Prerequisite: ENGT 5325 or concurrent enrollment.

Dr. Olugbenro Ogunrinde, CSM Program Coordinator
Department of Engineering Technology
Engineering Building, Suite 110
Box T-0400
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 918-7645

Dr. Jeff Cunion, QEM Program Coordinator
Department of Engineering Technology
Engineering Building, Suite 110
Box T-0400
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9765