Are you interested in the art and science of designing buildings? If so, architectural engineering could be the major for you. In this major you learn about the planning, design, construction, and operation of engineering systems. This is used for all different types of buildings and includes aspects like fire protection, heating ventilating, air conditioning, electrical systems, lighting, and plumbing. These are really important features in modern buildings, although they may not be noticed by the average person.
Some of the classes you will take in this major are the fundamentals of engineering, architectural design, architectural history, steel and reinforced concrete design, construction methods, computer programming, math, and surveying.
In order to be successful you should enjoy math and science. The principles of calculus and other advanced mathematic will be used regularly for analyzing, designing, and troubleshooting your work. These skills will lead to more advanced problem solving methods. This is important in any engineering field. Another important skill is to be a creative thinker. In the architectural field you could be working with old and new structures and need to creatively come up with solutions to problems.
Engineers frequently work on teams, making good communication skills essential to success. You will be working with other professionals to make sure buildings are up to code. You will be required to clearly explain what needs to be done and how it needs to be done, as well as listen to the other members of your team. Although teamwork is important in this field, you will also have times where you are working on your own.
Most programs will require professional internship either during the semester of over the summer. Some colleges will require you to complete a five year program in this field.
This major prepares you to become an Architectural Engineer. In this position you will help create the physical environment of everyday life. You will work with architects during design, and help with the construction process of choosing materials, and working within building codes. This field allows you to design and help build a structure.
Graduates with a degree in architectural engineering average $51,563 as a starting salary with a mid-career salary of $87,215.