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Architects  &

Career Overview

What They Do


An architectural engineer applies their knowledge and expertise of building designs and specifications in managing and supervising construction projects. They employ scientific and mathematical concepts in building plans to test, assess and upgrade the structural integrity of buildings and building systems.


Architectural engineers may specialize in various designs of a particular building system like plumbing, electrical and ventilation.  Architectural engineers work side-by-side with architects, construction teams and other specialists. Civil and structural engineers share a lot of the same tasks as architectural engineers.

Job Duties

  • Study and evaluate construction designs and blueprints to guarantee a workable plan

  • Ensure the structural integrity and safety of a proposed structure 

  • Identify and solve issues in building plans, structures and prototypes

  • Validate the structural and mechanical integrity of buildings in anticipation of wind loads, vibrations and earthquakes

  • Coordinate with construction professionals like engineers and contractors to monitor and direct construction operations

  • Modify a building design mid-construction to contain additional components as required by a client

  • Maintain updated information on safe designs, building codes and material features in order to establish an environmentally friendly and stable building

Job Earnings


For engineers in general, the national average salary is approximately $87,995 per year, and for a structural engineer it is about $83,649 per year. You can expect to earn within this range, subject to the type of role, state requirements and your employer.

Education/Training Requirements

  • To become an architectural engineer, earning a bachelor's degree in architecture is mandatory. The architecture degree programs generally last five years and may be accompanied by a Master of Architectural Engineering. 

  • Architectural engineers who offer their services directly to the public must have a license as professional engineers (PEs). To become a PE, you must pass two exams administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Although requirements vary by state, continuing education may be necessary for licensure maintenance.

  • State architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to undertake a paid internship of at least three years before completing the Architect Registration Examination. Architectural engineers may undergo their training by working at architectural companies through the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), a program run by NCARB to guide students through their internship.

Job Outlook & Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In New York State based on the total number of annual openings and its growth rate, employment prospects for this occupation are described as Favorable, with 80 new jobs per year for Managers and 260 new jobs per year for Engineers.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities


Local Colleges/Training


Local Career Connection

Thomas Beck, Project Engineer

CPL, Rochester, NY

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Nate Piscitelli, Architectural Designer

CPL< Rochester, NY

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Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Architect and Engineering Jobs
Link to Clark Patterson Lee
Link to TAB Design
logo link to PDM Engineering
Link to smart design architecture
Link to FIES
Link to in site architecture
Link to sealand contractors
link to apd engineering and arcitecture
link to ed hulme general contracting

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