Civil Engineering – Construction

Jason is our Construction instructor for the DTC Civil PE Exam Review courses. Jason in a working civil engineer who also loves teaching about construction management in the context of civil engineering.


I’m Jason Savage, a Civil Engineer specializing in Construction Engineering. I am responsible for designing and managing construction projects which use resources efficiently, and are able to economically be delivered on time and within budget, while maintaining specified quality and standards. My dual understanding of civil engineering design and construction management allows me to bridge the gap between the design world and the built environment. As a Construction Engineer, I am able to design projects which consider construction processes and constraints, with the ultimate goal of satisfying budget and schedule requirements.

In this course, to help you gain a better understanding of what to expect on the Construction portions of the exam, I am going to review basic principles of Construction Engineering and show how they can be used for real world applications. We will also explore ways in which construction management is meshed with civil engineering to solve problems in common practice. We will review numerous examples and problems so that you will be well prepared to tackle the problems you will see on the exam.

– Jason

Jason started his academic career at East Carolina University, but transferred to North Carolina State University to study Civil Engineering. In May 2006, Jason graduated with a BS in Construction Engineering and Management. Jason earned his North Carolina PE license in December 2010, and in December 2011, received a Masters of Civil Engineering, concentrating in Construction Engineering and Management from North Carolina State University. Today, Jason works as a construction contract administrator on a variety of projects focusing on water and wastewater infrastructure throughout North Carolina.


Becoming a licensed PE has opened doors for me, both personally and professionally, beyond what I could have ever imagined as a college student 15 years ago. Honestly, becoming a PE all started by being in the right place at the right time. 

As a junior in college, I just happened to be in the Civil Engineering building one evening and noticed a line forming in the lobby. I asked what was going on and found out it was a line to sign up to take the FE exam. I had not strongly considered pursuing my PE license, but after some discussion among my closest friends, we all decided to sign up for the FE. We were planning to work in construction, most likely vertical construction or roadways, and saw PE as just a couple initials behind our name, but what the heck? I passed the FE on the first try, graduated college, and started working in vertical construction. 

Even as a young EI working in construction, I had not totally grasped the value of PE licensure in construction. After about 6 months of working full time, I had run into several PEs on the project site and soon realized the value PE licensure offered. I worked in vertical construction for about a year before the economy took a downturn, and I then started my career as a construction administrator for an engineering firm, focusing on water and wastewater engineering and construction. 

Being a licensed PE has allowed me to participate in all aspects of design and construction of projects, from 2” through 72” pipes, along with treatment plants and pump stations. I have a great balance of time in the office and time in the field, where I am able to use my experiences as a licensed PE to solve problems and focus on improving civil infrastructure. I’ve very glad I made that early decision that led me on the path the my PE license

– Jason



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