Construction Technology and Management Program

About the program

Construction Technology and Management is one of the four disciplines within the school of Engineering under Debre Berhan University. The department is striving to provide Stimulating Environment for the free development and Exchange of ideas. 


B.Sc Program in Construction Technology and Managment

Duration 9 Semester study and six month practice

Requirement 295-7 credit points 


1.1 Background

Debre Berhan University, under the Ministry of Education, was established in 2006. The university has expanded different schools and faculties to fulfill the objective of the university. School of engineering established in 2009 as a five years course of engineering education and started by Civil and Electrical engineering programs.

In September 2010, the school will be expanded to include instructions in Mechanical Engineering and construction technology management programs that the undergraduate program is intended to cover five years.

From the previous established universities’ experience, stakeholders and employers have expressed concerns that the graduates of the engineering Programs lack practical and innovative skills. This lack has been coupled by deficiency in communication and managerial skills of the graduates. It is believed that this curriculum has incorporated the necessary consideration that will address the issues raised by stakeholders and employers. 

1.2 Vision and Mission 


Construction Technology and Managment Program, School of Engineering at Debre Berhan University is to be the prime center of Construction Technology and ManagmentEducation and research in Ethiopia

Devising innovative and customized curricula that prepare for engineering practice, advanced education, and leadership inconstruction work sector and technical services

Supporting theoretical instruction by workshop, laboratory practices and construction work visits and practical instruction;

Arranging obligatory construction work internship opportunities for all students through summer employment at least for four months

Involving undergraduates and graduate students in applied research

Diversifying graduate programs as per the need of the construction work sectors and the country

Encouraging extra curricula student professional activities

Students and stake holders’ evaluation of teaching and learning program.

Participation of staff in applied research, consultancy service and training that solves technical problems of construction work sectors and other technical services in the country. 

1.3 Strategic Goals

i) Increase relevance of undergraduate program to the construction nwork

ii) Diversify the undergraduate programs in the areas related to construction management Engineering

Introduce a full-fledged undergraduate program in management

engineering through a transitional minor program

Assesses the need for Material Engineering program in five years time


iii) Increase diversity, quantity and quality of academic staff and technical assistants

iv) Increase construction work supported researches and consultancy activities

v) Increase attractiveness of the Program to students

Achieve high standards for instructional quality

Improve effectiveness of student advising

Provide effective mechanism for student informal feed-back.

Facilitate student access to industrial practice and job placement by working with professionals and entrepreneurs associations.

Support student professional clubs and extracurricular activities

Professional Profile of Construction technology and management

Construction management is an important and learned profession, which is achieved through academic education at recognized institution. Competence can be developed and enriched by extended experience. It is a profession practiced in construction works development projects with direct and vital impact on the livelihood of the community.

More generally, it is useful to provide a framework that gives guideline by which students of Construction management develop their skills and acquire standardized and relevant knowledge in planning and construction and entrepreneurship concepts during their study time at the university.


Everywhere in the world, Construction Management:

are involved in projects ranging from small scale to sophisticated projects. In particular, they carry out different assignments such as planning, Managing big construction projects like. Construction Technology and Management is broad term. It is an umbrella field comprised of many related specialties. The core services of Construction Technology and Management are shown in the following sub-sections.


Teach the fundamentals of Construction Technology and Management and undertake basic and applied research activities.

Provide innovative and economical solutions to problems encountered in the field.

Working in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skill that allow Construction Technology and Management to practice in associated areas of sciences and engineering.

Keep abreast of new technologies in Construction Technology and Management and provide orientation and/or training to subordinates as required.

 Contract Administration

Review and approve contractor’s program, method and schedule.

Supervise projects to ensure that drawings, specifications, materials and workmanship are as specified in the contract.

Check and approve measurement of work executed.

Administer claims and disputes.

Issue engineering instruction and variation order, check and approve variation order.

Conduct provisional and final acceptance.

Conduct studies on cost of construction, materials, labor, equipment and productivity.

Manage construction activities and available resources including planning, scheduling, controlling and reporting.

Supervise technicians and technologists.

Plan and organize the maintenance and repair of existing civil engineering construction works

Analysis and Design

Review and approve design.

Develop design standards, design aids, guidelines and hand books.

Consult with architects and specialized design engineers to integrate design in terms of aesthetic and technical requirements.

Structural Design Activities:

Pre design study

Project program development

Topographic survey

Scheme design

Preliminary design

Final design

Preparation of bill of quantities and specifications

Cost estimates, Tendering

Material Testing:

Project site exploration

Identification and classification of material in the field

Conducting field tests

Laboratory tests on soils, rocks and construction materials

Construction Management:

Deciding method of construction

Devising temporary works

Selecting appropriate equipment

Manage construction activities and available resources including planning, scheduling, cost estimating, controlling and reporting.


The general objective of the construction technology and management Undergraduate Program is to provide broad-based education and training in construction management and its applications leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree, to enable graduates to meet the challenges of the engineering profession in a rapidly changing environment that exists in a developing country. These challenges require the ability to apply existing knowledge in new ways thereby creating new systems and opportunities as well as adapting existing Engineering to local production conditions. These require the ability to manage service, maintain and improve upon existing systems.

Some of constructin work photographs is listed below

Develop applied research programs on country the development policy and strategy

Disseminate the program research and consultancy activities to the construction work

Accelerate construction work linkages through construction work training and consultancy services

Strive to create incentive mechanism for researchers at university level

Strive to make university salary and benefits competitive

Develop and implement a staff development plan that will consider the high rate of staff turnover and practice oriented education

Assure the graduate curricula strengthen the undergraduate program and utilize the School's expertise.

Arrange short term training and visits to the staff

 The program gives more emphasis to practical education to increase the relevance of the program to the construction work, keeping the current capacity of 50 students

The curricula based on needs of the construction work sector and development to give emphasis to practical education and introduce specialization through electives such as

Earthquake Engineering

Construction Management

Geotechnical Engineering

Road and Transport Engineering

Structural Engineering

Hydropower Engineering

Hydraulic Engineering

Irrigation (and Drainage) Engineering

Water Resource Engineering

Geodetic Engineering

Material Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Safety Engineering


Strengthen practical instruction in construction management works, Introduce a course in entrepreneurship .

Develop students skill for modern engineering practice through intensified design projects, CAD, computer based analysis

Increase student visualization ability through audiovisual teaching aid systems.

Introduce a six month compulsory practical work

Send the students in a different projects to the country development strategy