Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1976

Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering - (M.S.)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Charles Franklin Peck

Second Advisor

Franklin Salek

Third Advisor

Walter Konon


An analysis has been made of the methods used by a Petrochemical Engineer-Constructor, who has national labor agreements, in deciding if the construction phase of a project should be done by a subcontract method of construction or be accomplished on a direct hire basis. The petrochemical complex under discussion is considered to be in the $75 million range for the total installed cost including design, engineering, procurement, and construction.

The influence of subcontracting portions of the construction phase by the Engineer-Constructor is reviewed with its impact on: the client; project schedule and cost; local and national labor relations, because of the use of local versus national subcontractors; methods of engineering; and traditional methods of construction philosophies of both the client and the Engineer-Constructor. An Engineer-Constructor Is method of deciding if work should be subcontracted and the method of subcontract preparation is analyzed with the purpose of establishing an improved system.

It was established that the present policies used in making the decision to subcontract construction work by the Engineer-Constructor, although they may need improvement, are compatible to obtaining the most economical complex for the client and obtaining the optimum profit for the Engineer-Constructor. With certain recommended changes in procedure the speed at which the subcontracts may be issued can be increased.