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 2013-14, and graduates enjoyed an average starting salary of $52,531.

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.

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Student Competitions

DBIA Championship Photo
Students 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 BSAE program who choose to pursue registration as a Professional Engineer can, after attaining the required years of work experience stipulated by the Board of Examiners, achieve that distinction.
  • Graduates of the BSAE program who choose to pursue a graduate degree can achieve that distinction.
  • Graduates of the BSAE program will pursue opportunities to advance their professional skills through lifelong learning (e.g. graduate studies, conferences, seminars, short courses and specialty certifications).
  • Graduates of the BSAE program will demonstrate a commitment to their profession by participating in one or more professional societies in their area of technical specialty.
  • Graduates of the BSAE program will demonstrate, in their professional practices, an appreciation for sustainable design.

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:

  • be knowledgeable in the mathematics and sciences areas listed below:
    Mathematics: calculus through differential equations, probability and statistics
    Pure sciences: calculus-based physics, general chemistry
    Engineering sciences: statistics, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electronic circuits, engineering economics
  • be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, sciences, and engineering principles to:
    design and conduct experiments;
    analyze data; and
    identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • be knowledgeable in each of the basic architectural engineering curricular areas listed below that will facilitate communication and interaction with other design professionals in the development and execution of building projects.
    Architectural design and architectural history
    Building electrical systems (MSOE AE design specialty)
    Building mechanical systems (MSOE AE design specialty)
    Building structural systems (MSOE AE design specialty)
  • be proficient in:
    systems design in one of the three MSOE AE design specialties;
    building construction/construction management issues; and
    the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary to enter the architectural engineering profession in a productive manner.
  • be proficient in oral and written communication.
  • be able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • be knowledgeable of the responsibilities, both professional and ethical, that are required of the architectural engineer.
  • be knowledgeable of the need for lifelong learning, and have the motivation to pursue it.
  • be knowledgeable in the humanities and social sciences and of contemporary issues necessary to understand the societal and environmental impact of the architectural engineering profession.

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