Facilities Engineering | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

A student working in facilities engineering while earning her Master of Engineering Management at NC State University.

Facilities Engineering

Last Updated: 05/22/2024 | All information is accurate and still up-to-date

Facilities engineering combines engineering and management from many fields. You need to know all parts of a facility, including planning, buildings, infrastructure, and people.

This discipline requires you to understand the “big picture” components such as:

  • Facilities planning
  • Budget prioritization
  • Overall engineering and operations

You also need to understand specific facility issues, like:

  • HVAC dependability
  • Power quality and reliability
  • Pavement integrity (airfield pavements)
  • Environmental compliance
  • Network-controlled energy efficiency systems
  • Cyber-security

Through courses led by top faculty in the Colleges of Engineering, Textiles, and Management, you will cover topics such as environmental compliance, modeling and analysis, and smart electric power systems. These courses focus on the foundations of facilities management from a technical engineering perspective.

Furthermore, our concentration in Facilities Engineering meets the degree requirements and certification needs.


CONCENTRATION: Facilities EngineeringCredits
CORE Subtotal15
Take three courses:
EM/EGR 517 Facilities Engineering Systems 13
EM/EGR 518 Environmental Compliance for Facilities Engineers 13
ARC 525 Sustainability Over the Life of a Building 3
CE 504 Airport Planning and Design3
CE 505 Railroad System Planning, Design, and Operation 23
CE 550 Professional Engineering Communication 13
CE 564 Legal Aspects of Contracting 13
CE 565 Construction Safety Management3
CE 575 Renewable Energy and the Grid,3
CE 578 Energy and Climate 13
CE 590 Modeling and Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems 33
CE 707 Transportation Policy and Funding3
CE 775 Modeling and Analysis of Environmental Systems 43
CE 796 Life Cycle Assessment3
ECE 551 Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems3
ISE 535 Python Programming for Industrial & Systems Engineers 13
ISE 541 Occupational Safety Engineering3
ISE 748 Quality Engineering 13
MAE 540 Advanced Air Conditioning Design3
TE 533 Lean Six Sigma Quality3
Take one course:
(not previously taken)
Technical Elective
(see Technical Electives below)
Take one course:
CE 675 Civil Engineering Projects 1
(or substitute practicum with approval)
EM 675 Engineering Management Masters Project
(or substitute practicum with approval)
IMS 675 Masters Project 1
(or substitute practicum with approval)
ISE 677 Industrial Engineering Projects
(or substitute practicum with approval)
MBA 559 Business Analytics Practicum
(or substitute practicum with approval)

1 Course taught both on-campus and online.

2 Course is offered online only.

3 Course is offered annually.

4 Course is offered every other year.

Technical Electives

These courses will increase your knowledge of classical engineering disciplines. This can include areas like structural engineering, pavement design, environmental engineering, soil analysis, hydraulics, hydrology, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering.

You will choose one technical elective from the following list. Generally, any master’s or 500-level engineering course may count as a technical elective. This includes civil, mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering courses.

You are responsible for ensuring you meet the course prerequisites. In some cases, Ph.D. or 700-level courses may also count as exceptions.

Technical Elective Course List

  • EGR 517 Facilities Engineering Systems
  • EGR 590 Environmental Compliance for Facilities Engineers
  • CE 504 Airport Planning and Design
  • CE 515 Advanced Strength of Materials
  • CE 522 Theory and Design of Prestressed Concrete
  • CE 523 Theory and Behavior of Steel Structures
  • CE 524 Analysis and Design of Masonry Structures
  • CE 528 Structural Design in Wood
  • CE 529 FRP Strengthening and Repair of Concrete Structures
  • CE 530 Properties of Concrete and Advanced Cement-Based Composites
  • CE 536 Introduction to Numerical Methods for Civil Engineers
  • CE 537 Computer Methods and Applications
  • CE 561 Construction Project Management
  • CE 548 Engineering Properties Of Soils I
  • CE 549 Soil and Site Improvement
  • CE 564 Legal Aspects of Contracting
  • CE 565 Construction Safety Management
  • CE 567 Risk and Financial Management in Construction
  • CE 571 Physical Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • CE 577 Engineering Principles Of Solid Waste Management
  • CE 578 Energy and Climate
  • CE 581 Fluid Mechanics in Natural Environments
  • CE 583 Engineering Aspects Of Coastal Processes
  • CE 584 Hydraulics Of Ground Water
  • CE 586 Engineering Hydrology
  • CE 590 Modeling and Analysis of Civil Engineering Systems
  • CE 775 Modeling and Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • ECE 551 Smart Electric Power Distribution Systems
  • ECE 586 Communication and SCADA Systems for Smart Grid
  • ECE 587 Power System Transients Analysis
  • MAE 505 Heat Transfer Theory and Applications
  • MAE 540 Advanced Air Conditioner Design
  • TE 533 Lean Six Sigma Quality
  • Other 500-level Engineering courses (mechanical, electrical, industrial, etc.)

Facilities Engineering Knowledge and Skills Gained

The Master of Engineering Management with a facilities engineering concentration helps you acquire knowledge and skills to:

  • Plan, execute and manage teamwork efficiently.
  • Organize, administer and plan complex engineering facility operations.
  • Allocate future financial resources wisely.
  • Repair broken or damaged equipment.
  • Use time-management tools effectively.

This concentration equips you with the ability to:

  • Communicate information effectively.
  • Organize activities towards set goals.
  • Perform preventive maintenance to limit failures.
  • Solve problems methodically and systematically.