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Become A Project Designer

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Working As A Project Designer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Designer Do

A Project Designer provides assistance in project design and development activities based on customer requirements. They develop solutions to client architectural complexities.

How To Become A Project Designer

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.


Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.


Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Project Designer Career Paths

Project Designer
Design Engineer Senior Software Engineer Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Design Manager Engineering Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations Estimator Project Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Design Engineer Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Senior Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Construction Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Maintenance Technician Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Designer Project Engineer Assistant Project Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Showroom Manager Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Self-Employed Project Superintendent
Owner/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Coordinator Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Mechanical Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Design Project Engineer Construction Manager
Vice President Of Construction
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Project Designer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • Italian

  • German

  • Korean

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Russian

  • Filipino

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Telugu

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Real Project Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation New York, NY Sep 19, 2015 $137,280
Senior Project Designer Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $120,000
SR. Project Designer-Architecture HNTB Corporation New York, NY Jan 30, 2015 $114,483
Senior Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2015 $114,000
Project Designer Celtra, Inc. New York, NY Dec 21, 2016 $110,000
Lead Project Designer Persona Films Inc. New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $100,000
SR. Project Designer Perkins Eastman Architects DPC New York, NY May 10, 2016 $99,403
Branded Environments SR. Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2015 $98,000
Project Designer Celtra, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 11, 2015 $95,000
Project Designer Goldstein Hill &Amp; West Architects, LLP New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $94,000
Project Designer The Assembly Design Studio, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $90,000
Project Designer Perkins + Will, Inc. Boston, MA Sep 10, 2015 $90,000
Project Designer Allied Works Architecture, Inc. New York, NY Sep 20, 2016 $69,000
Architectural Project Designer Gene Kaufman Architect, PC New York, NY Jan 10, 2015 $68,871
Intermediate Architect/Designer-Project/Sustainable Design NBBJ LLC Columbus, OH Mar 19, 2015 $68,000
Project Designer Alexandra Champalimaud & Associate Inc. New York, NY Jan 23, 2015 $68,000
Project Designer Archilier Inc. New York, NY Sep 18, 2015 $67,746
Project Designer KFA, LLP Santa Monica, CA Oct 25, 2016 $66,000
Project Designer Laguarda Low Architects New York, NY Dec 04, 2016 $65,790
Traffic Project Designer SEPI Engineering &Amp; Construction, Inc. Raleigh, NC Sep 05, 2015 $54,621 -
Project Designer The Gilmore Group, LLC New York, NY Jun 11, 2015 $54,101
Project Designer Leeser Architecture, PLLC New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $54,000
Architectural Project Designer Ellumus LLC Bellevue, WA Sep 07, 2015 $54,000
Architectural Project Designer Ellumus LLC Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2015 $54,000
Architectural Project Designer Ellumus LLC Bellevue, WA Jul 09, 2015 $54,000
Senior Interior Project Designer Grand Supercenter Inc. Lyndhurst, NJ Jul 13, 2015 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Project Designer


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Top Project Designer Skills

  1. Construction Documents
  2. Auto CAD
  3. Architects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain construction documents on AutoCAD and library maintenance
  • Utilized Auto CAD 2000 equipment to design and produce mechanical drawings and specifications for the organization's clients.
  • Developed close relationships with designers and architects, vendors, clients, store owners and contractors.
  • Develop control system layout, instrument & electrical diagrams, and fuel skid sizing and design.
  • Streamlined the production department by implementing project management methodologies resulting in a 35% increase in successful project completion.

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