Architectural engineers apply architectural engineering principles for designing, planning and construction. They often work with other engineers, architects, project managers, construction workers and their company's clients. These engineers often work on-site or in an office with a team of other engineers. Depending on their organization's requirements, they may be required to travel to various job sites as well.
Architectural engineers must have bachelor's degree in architectural engineering or another relevant field, as well as previous work experience in the field. These engineers may be required to have thorough knowledge in structural, mechanical, electrical, construction and/or other engineering fields related to building, bridge or road design and construction. They must be familiar with computer-aided design (CAD) software, as well as have a license issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Since architectural engineers must provide technical presentations to personnel within their organizations, such as sales representatives and site project managers, as well as clients, they must have excellent oral and written communications skills.
To keep up to date with developments in their field, architectural engineers should read relevant professional publications, maintain personal networks, participate in various workshops, take relevant courses and/or continuing education at local colleges and universities, as well as become a member of professional organizations in their field.