Architectural

Do you enjoy working with electrical and lighting systems? Do you have strong science and math skills? If so, architectural engineering may be for you! Architectural engineers focus on the engineering aspects of a building and may work with architects on their projects. They work to ensure buildings are sustainable, safe, and efficient.

What is Architectural Engineering?

Architectural Engineering uses practical and theoretical knowledge and includes many of the engineering aspects of a building such as mechanical, electrical, designs, drawings, calculations, and more. Their main goal is to improve the design and function of buildings to ensure that they are high-preforming, sustainable, safe and efficient.

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Example Careers

Engineering Technician

Education Requirements
Associate's Degree

Average Salary
$42k-$60k


Engineering technicians work with engineers on various tasks as they gain experience. This may include solving technical issues, working with equipment, and collecting and analyzing data. Their tasks may also depend on which industry they work in such as an automotive engineering technician would have different tasks from an electrical engineering technician. An engineering technician needs at least an associate's degree, and some companies may want a bachelor's degree.

Draftsman

Education Requirements
Associate's Degree

Average Salary
$45k-$59k


A draftsman works on the technical design or drawing aspect of construction. Some tasks may include preparing plans on a computer software, adding structural details to already existing plans, or creating multiple versions of designs for engineers and architects. To become a draftsman, a person will need at least an associate's degree.

Production Supervisor

Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Average Salary
$48k-$65k


A production supervisor oversees the production process of a company. They make sure it is efficient and organized, and they may have other tasks such as planning, collecting data, or troubleshooting. They may also work with the equipment or other processes within the manufacturing. To become a production supervisor, a person needs at least a bachelor's degree and sometimes certification and previous professional experience may also be required.

Manufacturing Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Average Salary
$65k-$75k


A manufacturing engineer works to improve production, designs products and systems and increases efficiency in production and costs. They may complete tasks such as analyzing products and designs, managing production, overseeing and monitoring machinery and troubleshooting problems. To become a manufacturing engineer, a person must have at least a bachelor's degree.

Architectural Project Manager

Education Requirements
Bachelor's and Master's degrees

Average Salary
$70k-$120k


An architectural manager works with other engineers and architect teams, and oversees projects from planning to completion. They complete various tasks such as developing, organizing, and reviewing building plans, interviewing and hiring contractors, and consulting with clients. The education needed to become an architectural project manager is a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering and a master's degree in architecture.

Structural Engineer

Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Average Salary
$74k-$98k


A structural engineer designs structures like buildings, bridges, and tunnels, and they work with architects and design-build contractors as a consultant. Some tasks they may complete include writing reports, performing calculations, creating drawings, and observing construction sites. To become a structural engineer, a person will need a bachelor's degree from a college accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Architectural Engineer Manager

Education Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Average Salary
$73k - $119k


An architectural engineer manager develops a new product or the solution to technical problems that are in the way of completing a project. They may complete various tasks such as managing and overseeing the integration of technology, reviewing design changes, and consulting clients about projects. To become an architectural engineer manager, a person will need at least a bachelor's degree, and sometimes a master's degree in engineering, technology, or business administration is helpful.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

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