Program #21: Building Engineering Program

Program Description

The work of the architect and civil engineer are closely linked. The Building Engineering program keeps this in mind. The aim of the Building Engineering Program is to graduate civil engineers who are capable of generating effective solutions by using engineering approaches in the field of Building Engineering. The graduates of the program will be well versed in technology, social, and environmental issues. The program aims to supply the students with the advanced concepts of structure design. Student will have basics of steel, concrete structure design and water tanks design, according to recent design codes versions. Also, Student will have basics of dynamic, earthquake, using recent design codes versions. Management of project recourses, risk, and safety are essential knowledge for structure engineer.

Career Prospects

Graduates of this department has a variety of opportunities to work, of the building engineering program, you will be qualified for positions at companies specializing in the design, analysis, operation, construction, and management of a wide range of residential, commercial, and industrial building projects. Our graduates can be found at numerous companies and organizations, for example:

  • Government authorities,
  • Consulting firms in civil engineering and construction,
  • Civil engineering contractors and project managers,
  • Environmental engineering organizations,

Program Concentrations

The program provides the undergraduate student with a thorough foundation and technologies in the basic tenets of Structural, Construction Project Managements and Environmental Engineering. The program provides three different fields in which the students in this program can specialize. These three fields are:

  1. Structural Engineering
  2. Construction Engineering Management
  3. Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering
  1. Structural Engineering is concerned with the structural design and structural analysis of buildings, bridges, towers and other structures. This involves identifying the loads which act upon a structure and the forces and stresses which arise within that structure due to those loads, and then designing the structure to successfully support and resist those loads. The loads can be self-weight of the structures, other dead load, live loads, moving (wheel) load, wind load, earthquake load, load from temperature change etc. The structural engineer must design structures to be safe for their users and to successfully fulfil the function they are designed for (to be serviceable). Due to the nature of some loading conditions, sub-disciplines within structural engineering have emerged, including wind engineering and earthquake engineering.
  2. Construction Engineering Management gives students a specialized focus on planning, scheduling, Resources Management, quantity take off, computer applications, cost estimating, Risk and Safety Management, contracts, problem solving, people and networking, management and leadership skills.
  3. Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering gives students a specialized focus on how to: Reducing the demand for energy and the energetic consumption of buildings, Taking advantage of climate and natural resources to develop passive design strategies and sustainable architecture, Reusing and recycling building components and materials, Extending the lifetime of products and buildings, Adopting a sustainable environmental use, participatory planning and design, Reducing urban sprawl, promoting urban renewal, and protecting natural areas, Planning, designing and building in respect of natural constraints.

Agreements with another University

The program is in partnership with the University of East London (UEL), United Kingdom for a Bachelor Dual Degree. Students joining this agreement will pay an additional fee, to substitute expenses for the external Quality Audits/Moderation Boards that will take place in Egypt. The Graduates should receive two B.Sc. certificates, one from the University of East London, and one from Ain Shams University. Students are allowed to study a full year or more in London with a 10% reduction in the UK tuition fees.

Program Competences

In addition to the competences for all Engineering Programs (A-Level), the Building Engineering Program graduate must be able to (D-Level):

  • Select appropriate and sustainable technologies for construction of buildings; using either numerical techniques or physical measurements and/or testing by applying a full range of civil engineering concepts and techniques of: Structural Analysis and Mechanics, Properties and Strength of Materials, Surveying, Soil Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics.
  • Achieve an optimum design of Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structures, Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures; and Transportation and Traffic.
  • Plan and manage construction processes; address construction defects, instability and quality issues; and maintain safety measures in construction and materials.
  • Deal with biddings, contracts and financial issues including project insurance and guarantees; and assess environmental impacts of civil engineering projects.
  • Produce designs that meet building users’ requirements through understanding the relationship between people and buildings, and between buildings and their environment; and the need to relate buildings and the spaces between them to human needs and scale.
  • Generate ecologically responsible, environmental conservation and rehabilitation designs; through understanding of: structural design, construction, technology and engineering problems associated with building designs.
  • Demonstrate additional abilities related to the field of the concentration within Building Engineering as listed below.


Graduate attributes

Structural Engineering

D7a. Demonstrate additional abilities to select appropriate system, analyse, and design of Buildings using the most up-to-date tools of software programs.

Construction Engineering Management

D7b. Demonstrate additional abilities to identify, formulate and solve a range of construction engineering problems such production and inventory, facility location, logistics, capital investment evaluation and resource allocation.

Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering

D7c. Demonstrate additional capabilities to enhance life cycle sustainability of the buildings, building energy systems, taking advantage of climate and natural resources to develop passive design strategies and sustainable architecture.

Required Courses

In order to get a Bachelor of Science Degree in this program, and to satisfy the Program Competences, the following set of courses need to be completed.