How Do I Get into Architectural Engineering?

Judith Smith Sullivan
Judith Smith Sullivan
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To pursue a job in architectural engineering, you will both a bachelor's and a master's degree in architectural engineering or a related discipline as well as a license from your government. You should complete an internship as part of your education. In order to be hired by a firm which focuses on construction or design, you will have to prepare a resume and work portfolio, and arrange for recommendations or references.

As a working professional in architectural engineering, you will need to complete high school and a bachelor's degree in architecture, civil or structural engineering, or construction design and management. You will also need to get a master's degree in structural engineering or architectural engineering. During your graduate studies, you will probably complete several virtual projects and one or two physical projects to prove your engineering capabilities. These are extremely important parts of your education, but you should also pursue any opportunities available to work as an intern in an engineering or architectural firm because internships count as experience on your resume and can sometimes lead to jobs.

Before completing your master's degree, you should determine your government's requirements for becoming a licensed architectural engineer. In many cases, this involves several years of experience working under a licensed engineer and passing a major exam. Although you may be able to find some work without becoming licensed and passing the exam, your career field will be limited.

After completing your education and internship, you must apply for jobs. It is important to have a clearly written resume and, if possible, examples of your work. Most educational facilities offer some help with resume writing and job placement, so take advantage of these services. Accumulate two or three examples of your best work and create written descriptions to explain its significance.

Ask three professors, who are well acquainted with you and your work and your supervisor from your internship, for positive recommendations. Most job applications ask for a reference letter or the contact information for your references. Let your professors know if you intend to use them as references on applications. Sometimes professors are still working in the field of architectural engineering and may be able to help you find a job.

When you are called for an interview for a job in architectural engineering, prepare yourself. Not only should you have at least three copies of your resume, application, and work portfolio, you should also be well informed about the company itself. Do some research to find out if it is a private company, government department, or a contractor for the government, and find out what recent projects have been completed. Be prepared to ask a few questions yourself, especially concerning hours, travel time, and other concerns.

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