Facilities Engineering | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

Facilities Engineering

Last Updated: 02/09/2024 and all information is still up-to-date

Facilities engineering combines multidisciplinary engineering and management. It requires knowledge of all aspects of the physical facility, including the planning cycle, the buildings, infrastructure and people.

This discipline requires you to have an understanding of the “big picture” components of:

  • Facilities planning
  • Budget prioritization
  • Overall engineering and operations

It also requires you to understand specific facility issues, such as:

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

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

NOTE: Our concentration in Facilities Engineering meets the degree requirements and certification from branches of the US military for MEM degrees.


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 in a classical engineering discipline. This can be in any technical area, such as structural engineering, pavement design, environmental engineering, soil analysis or design, hydraulics, hydrology, mechanical or electrical engineering. 

You will choose one technical elective from the following list. In general, any master’s or 500-level engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial, etc) course may count as a technical elective. It is your responsibility to ensure it meets the course prerequisites. Ph.D. or 700-level courses may count as exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

  • 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.)

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

  • Plan, execute and manage the work of a team to achieve specific goals
  • Organizing, administering and planning the operational performance of complex engineering facilities
  • Plan how the financial resources of a business are to be allocated in the future
  • Repair a broken, damaged or failed piece of equipment, part or property
  • Use time-management tools to create schedules

This concentration prepares you for a complete list of tasks, including:

  • Conveying information to others effectively
  • Organizing activities required to achieve the desired goals
  • Performing preventive maintenance to limit failures before they occur or become major problems
  • Solving problems in an orderly and systematic way