This course will present estimating guidelines and techniques for the engineering, construction, and scientific professions. This will include soft costs such as construction trailers, engineering costs and material testing. It will emphasize using multiple estimating techniques for each project. It will discuss costs of professional services such as engineering and architecture. There will be at least one brief exercise that students will conduct on their own with guidance from the Instructor. The course will discuss the costs of accidents in an occupational environment. It will discuss the costs of operating industrial and construction projects safely in accordance 29 CFR 1910 and 29 CFR 1926.
This course will show how psychological factors enter into the engineering profession. Many aspects of the engineering profession are nontechnical such as balancing "green" practices with an effective cost structure, engineering ethics, how detail oriented should an engineer be, employee mental fitness for work, manager's leadership style, and communication between engineers. There will be at least one brief exercise that students will conduct on their own with guidance from the Instructor. The course will include Safety Analysis Considering Human Error, Human Factors Engineering, Behavior Based Safety Analysis, Steps toward Human Performance Improvement, work/life balance in the engineering professional, crisis decision making and the importance of mentoring in the construction profession.