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Become An Architectural Engineer

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Working As An Architectural Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $85,850

    Average Salary

What Does An Architectural Engineer Do

Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Duties

Architectural and engineering managers typically do the following:

  • Make detailed plans for the development of new products and designs
  • Determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Lead research and development projects to produce new products, processes, or designs
  • Check the technical accuracy of their staff’s work
  • Ensure the soundness of methods their staff uses
  • Coordinate work with other staff and managers

Architectural and engineering managers use their knowledge of architecture or engineering to oversee a variety of activities. They may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance at manufacturing sites, industrial plants, engineering services firms, and research and development laboratories.

Architectural and engineering managers are responsible for developing the overall concept of a new product or for solving the technical problems that prevent the completion of a project. To accomplish this, they must determine technical goals and produce detailed plans. 

Architectural and engineering managers spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their staff with the activities of other staff or organizations. They often confer with other managers, including those in finance, production, and marketing, as well as with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

In addition, architectural and engineering managers must know how to prepare budgets, hire staff, and supervise employees. They propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs. These managers must also hire people and assign them specific parts of each project to carry out. Architectural and engineering managers supervise the work of their employees, set schedules, and create administrative procedures.

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How To Become An Architectural Engineer

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.

Education

Most architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture.

Many also gain business management skills by completing a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Some workers earn their master’s degree before advancing to management positions, and others earn it while they work as a manager. Employers will sometimes pay for such education. Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MsEM or MSTM and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

Engineering management programs usually include classes in accounting, engineering economics, financial management, industrial and human resources management, and quality control.

Technology management programs typically provide instruction in production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Managers advance to their positions after years of employment as an architect or engineer. They usually have experience working on difficult or complex projects, developing designs, solving problems, and making decisions. Before moving up to a management position, they also typically gain experience leading engineering teams. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architectural and engineering managers must evaluate information carefully and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Architectural and engineering managers oversee staff and work together with other levels of management. They must communicate orders effectively and lead teams to meet goals. 

Detail oriented. Architectural and engineering managers must pay attention to detail. Their duties require an understanding of complex systems since a minor error can cause major problems.

Math skills. Architectural and engineering managers use calculus and other advanced mathematics to develop new products and processes.

Organizational skills. Architectural and engineering managers keep track of many workers, schedules, and budgets simultaneously.

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Architectural Engineer Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    75.2%
  • Female

    21.3%
  • Unknown

    3.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    68.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.5%
  • Asian

    12.0%
  • Unknown

    5.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    18.5%
  • Arabic

    14.8%
  • German

    11.1%
  • Chinese

    7.4%
  • French

    7.4%
  • Carrier

    7.4%
  • Mandarin

    7.4%
  • Swedish

    3.7%
  • Filipino

    3.7%
  • Turkish

    3.7%
  • Cantonese

    3.7%
  • Amharic

    3.7%
  • Tigrinya

    3.7%
  • Korean

    3.7%
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Real Architectural Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Managing Director, Architecture & Engineering Moody's Shared Services, Inc. New York, NY Jul 13, 2015 $260,000
Principal Architectural Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Jan 03, 2011 $224,000
Principal Architectural Engineer NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Mar 12, 2012 $224,000
GPU Driver Architecture Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 20, 2013 $180,000 -
$200,000
IOS GPU Architecture Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2012 $180,000 -
$220,000
SYS Design/Architecture ENG. SR. Staff 2 Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 02, 2014 $172,000
Staff System Architecture Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Milpitas, CA Aug 26, 2015 $160,000
Staff System Architecture Engineer Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jul 07, 2014 $160,000
Engineer-Performance Architecture Samsung Austin Semiconductor, L.L.C. Austin, TX Oct 01, 2012 $155,000
Microprocessor Architecture Engineer Centaur Technology, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 21, 2015 $152,000
Systems and Architecture Engineer Crossbar, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 02, 2013 $150,000
Systems & Architecture Engineer V Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 08, 2015 $148,810 -
$169,700
Lead Architectural Engineer Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Conshohocken, PA Jan 04, 2011 $142,605
Silicon Architecture Engineer/Researcher Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 24, 2013 $102,723 -
$129,500
Hardware Architecture Engineer Vivante Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Dec 01, 2012 $100,000
System Architecture Engineer Micron Technology, Inc. Folsom, CA Nov 01, 2011 $99,449
Silicon Architecture Engineer/Researcher Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Oct 01, 2014 $97,500 -
$129,500
Engineer, Systems Architecture T-Mobile USA, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 12, 2016 $95,000 -
$100,000
Design and Architecture Engineer Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 02, 2015 $94,000 -
$129,200
Lead Security Solutions Architecture Engineer Motorola Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Dec 01, 2014 $91,686 -
$119,000
Solar Architectural Engineer EVS, Inc. Eden Prairie, MN Jul 15, 2016 $79,414
Systems Architecture Engineer TWC Administration LLC Charlotte, NC Jan 30, 2014 $79,000
Systems Architecture Engineer Dukenet Communications, LLC Charlotte, NC Jan 02, 2014 $79,000
Architecture/Eng.II Virginia Department of Transportation Bristol, VA Oct 22, 2014 $78,853
Architectural Engineer Gray Construction, Inc. Lexington, KY Oct 09, 2016 $76,086
Architectural Engineer Superstructures Engineering + Architecture, PLLC New York, NY Jul 23, 2012 $75,862
Systems & Architecture Engineer III Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Tempe, AZ Nov 07, 2011 $75,400 -
$113,060

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Top Skills for An Architectural Engineer

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Top Architectural Engineer Skills

  1. Architectural Designs
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Hardware
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led organization of architects, engineers, and project managers responsible for all new infrastructure and enterprise applications.
  • Level 3 support OS and hardware level operations.
  • Created new and revised zoning and construction documents on AutoCAD showing site plans, elevations, sections and details.
  • Develop build and operational guides and research restore procedures.
  • Managed capacity monitoring and service provisioning team for WebEx online meetings.

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