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Certification in Precast Concrete

Civil Engineering Department

Precast Concrete Building

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You can earn a certification in resilient precast concrete thanks to a Civil Engineering program offered to undergraduates

Resilient Precast Concrete Undergraduate Certificate

Students can get an official UMD certificate via the Resilient Precast in the Engineering Curriculum (RPEC) Program. This certificate denotes expertise in resilient precast concrete and is funded by the PCI Foundation.

Precast concrete structures are durable and especially resilient. This multidisciplinary program combines traditional concrete engineering skills with cutting-edge knowledge related to resilience and business management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles that guide design of precast concrete structures
  2. Identify organization and management issues related to precast concrete and resiliency
  3. Apply resiliency-based values to engineering decision-making
    Precast Concrete Demo

    This structure in the Civil
    Engineering High Bay Lab
    demonstrates precast
    concrete techniques.

Industry Partnership

Students in the program will collaborate directly with Molin Concrete Products, a national leader in this field. They will be exposed to precast concrete during an introductory reinforced concrete course and refine their knowledge in more advanced courses, through participation in a Big Beam competition, and as part of a senior design capstone project.

Molin Concrete will provide tours of their production facilities and job sites to connect classroom experiences to reality for our students.

RPEC Certification also includes a business organizational management class and completing a resiliency-based capstone project that will benefit the community.


Our industry partnership with Molin Concrete Products, PCI Midwest, and the MN Prestress Association makes it possible to offer ten $2,425 scholarships for participants in this undergraduate program who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA. Apply for RPEC scholarships through the general SCSE Engineering Scholarship application.


Fall or Spring Semester:

  • CE 4126 - Design of Concrete Structures (3 credits)
  • CE 4255 - Senior Design - Structures Focus (4 credits)

Fall Semester:

  • CE 4128/5128 - Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 credits)

Spring Semester:

  • BUS 2400 - Fundamentals of Organizational Management (2 credits)*
  • CE 4100 - Management in Precast Concrete (1 credit)*

* These two courses combine to count as a 3-credit Technical or CE Elective. A sample RPEC undergraduate course plan is available to help incorporate these courses into your degree program.

How do I start? At the One Stop Certificate Program website.

Before you apply or if you want more details, contact the RPEC Program Director:

Dr. Ben Dymond
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Univ. of Minnesota Duluth
258 SCiv; 1405 University Dr
Duluth, MN 55812