Professional organizations and associations provide a wide range of
resources for planning and navigating a career in Architectural Engineering.
These groups can play a key role in your development and
keep you abreast of what is happening in your industry. Associations
promote the interests of their members and provide a network of contacts
that can help you find jobs and move your career forward. They can offer a
variety of services including job referral services, continuing education
courses, insurance, travel benefits, periodicals, and meeting and
conference opportunities. A broader
list of professional associations is also available by
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
Membership in ASHRAE is
open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air
conditioning or refrigeration through such disciplines as indoor air
quality and energy conservation, for example. ASHRAE has more than 160
chapters organized into thirteen regions.
Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
AEI provides a multi-disciplinary national
forum for members of but not limited to the architectural engineering,
structural, mechanical, electrical, and architectural communities. AEI
was established in 1998 and works to facilitate the crucial
communication among members of the building team, both on a technical
basis and in the professional arena.
of Fire Protection Engineers
The Society of Fire
Protection Engineers was established in 1950 and is the professional
society representing those practicing the field of fire protection
engineering. The Society has approximately 4500 members in the United
States and abroad, and 57 regional chapters. The purpose of the Society
is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering
and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its
members and to foster fire protection engineering education.
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
The IESNA is the recognized technical authority on illumination. For
over ninety years its objective has been to communicate information on
all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting
community, and to consumers through a variety of programs, publications,
and services. The strength of the IESNA is its diversified membership:
engineers, architects, designers, educators, students, contractors,
distributors, utility personnel, manufacturers, and scientists.
a 20,000 plus community of structural engineers within the American
Society of Civil Engineers. SEI started in 1996 in order to serve the
unique needs of the structural engineering community more effectively
while also being their voice on broader issues that shape the entire
civil engineering community.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.