Architectural Engineering

  • Overview
  • Program Details

Faces of MSOEArchitectural engineers make lasting impacts by designing and constructing buildings and building systems. At MSOE, you’ll learn how to build efficient, sustainable structures safely, quickly and within budget through classroom theory and real-world practice in state-of-the-art labs.

MSOE’s four-year bachelor of science degree program in architectural engineering prepares you for a career in the design and construction of buildings and building systems. Through a combination of lecture and laboratory courses, you will connect theory and the practical application of design principles, practice, methods and materials. Graduating from the architectural engineering program provides you with a core of mathematics, science, construction materials and business, plus a design specialty. MSOE also offers a 5-year program where students can earn both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in Architectural Engineering.

There are three design specialties to choose from in the architectural engineering program based on your interests:

  • Building Electrical Systems
    Emphasis in electrical power, communication and lighting systems
  • Building Mechanical Systems
    Emphasis in heating, ventilating, air conditioning, fire protection and plumbing
  • Building Structural Systems
    Emphasis in concrete, steel, wood and masonry

In today’s environment, architectural engineers are needed to build efficient, sustainable structures safely, quickly and within budget. You’ll leave MSOE with a strong core skill set in mathematics, science, construction materials, methods and building information modeling, while the accredited degree enables graduates to seek Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensing.

The results

The placement rate for MSOE architectural engineering graduates was 100% in 2015-16, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $56,218.

AE graduates started great careers with companies including:

  • Affiliated Engineers
  • JF Ahern
  • Ambrose Engineering
  • J3 Engineering
  • Kiewit
  • Kohler Company
  • Cannon Design
  • Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers
  • Computerized Structural Design
  • Excel Engineering
  • Faith Technologies
  • Exp U.S Services
  • Symbiont
  • The Matrix Group
  • Ring & DuChateau
  • Wallace Engineering
  • Wiss Janney Elstner & Associates
  • And many more!

The field

Architectural engineers are the engineers who make buildings function. Among their duties, they design and create the heating, air conditioning and electrical systems of buildings. Architectural engineering graduates pursue careers in the construction industry or related areas. They may work indoors in offices and outdoors at construction sites to monitor operations or solve problems at the site.

You may want to consider AE if you …

  • Prefer activities that require creativity and imagination
  • Are able to plan, direct and control the activities and work of others
  • Are able to do mathematics and detailed work with accuracy
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Are able to visualize drawings or pictures as 3-D objects
  • Get excited about buildings and architecture

Department Events

Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Career Night

Each year, the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) hosts their annual Career Night which is planned specifically for the benefit of the students belonging to the department. Companies who come can expect students eagerly looking for opportunities in the civil and architectural engineering and construction management fields. This event provides companies and students a more intimate setting than the large MSOE Career Fair at the beginning of the school year.

Career Night Details

Student Competitions

DBIA Championship PhotoStudents in the Architectural Engineering Program have the opportunity to compete in several regional and national student competitions. MSOE has been one of the most successful programs in the country, and here are just some of the results:

  • Design/Build Institute of America (DBIA) – National Champions 2014
  • Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Design/Build Champions – 2003 thru 2010, 2013 and 2014
  • National Electrical Contractors of America (NECA) Green Energy Challenge National Champions – 2010 and 2011
  • ASC Region 3 National Open Runner-Up in Electrical – 2013
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) National Student Competition Champions – 2011 and 2013. National Runner-Up in 2006 and 2008
  • ASC Region 3 National Open Champions in Virtual Design and Construction – 2011 and 2014
  • ASC Region 3 National Open Champions in Healthcare – 2014

Curriculum Year by Year

Freshman Year

Take general courses related to the architectural engineering field while also honing math, physics and communication skills.

Junior Year

Pick your design specialty area your junior year and learn about structural steel and concrete design, fire protection and plumbing design and architectural history.

Sophomore Year

Courses become more specific sophomore year when students learn about construction methods, mechanics of materials and construction estimating.

Senior Year

Complete your design-build project senior year, which is a client-based project that involves the entire architectural and engineering process from concept to developmental design, including working drawings and models.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Read more here.

Program Director

Dr. Christopher Raebel, P.E., S.E.
Associate Professor

Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve. The objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSAE) program are as follows:

  • Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to pursue and achieve registration as a professional engineer after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the relevant licensing board.
  • Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have advanced their technical and professional skills through lifelong learning (e.g., graduated with an advanced degree, regular attendance at conferences and seminars, achieved specialty certifications).
  • Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have demonstrated a commitment to their profession and to their community by having served in a leadership role in one or more professional and/or public service organizations relevant to their area of expertise.
  • Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have demonstrated an appreciation for sustainable design by having included aspects of sustainability in their completed projects.
  • Graduates of the B.S. AE program are expected to have demonstrated appropriate courses of action in situations involving conflicting professional and ethical interests.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. Program graduates will:

  • Posses the ability to
    • apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
    • design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
    • design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
    • function on multidisciplinary teams.
    • identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
    • communicate effectively.
    • use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • Have a developed understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Have a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Have recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  •  Have knowledge of contemporary issues.


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