So, you want to become a building engineer? There are several disciplines building engineers can go into. It will require specific skills and certifications to move from an apprentice or intern to a building services engineer.
Building Engineer Education
While requirements vary by state and employer, all building engineers must have a high school diploma or GED. If you’re still in high school and planning to become a building engineer, make sure you take advanced math and science classes to prepare yourself for future degrees and certification exams:
Pay attention and study to understand the formulas and concepts, and you’ll be well on your way to a promising future career as a professional building engineer. Consider community college or vocational schools to gain education credits toward your degree while still in high school.
To become a professional engineer in Washington, D.C., you have to complete an undergraduate engineering degree from an Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (EAC/ABET). Receiving a master’s or Ph.D. in engineering can also be used as credit towards future work experience, also required to become a professional building engineer.
Building Engineer Work Experience
Gaining experience is as important as getting an education if your goal is to become a building engineer. Depending on the particular area of engineering you want to pursue, find a licensed professional engineer to apprentice or intern under to gain work experience.
To sit for the professional engineer certification in Washington, D.C., you must have at least four years of progressive work experience under a licensed professional or a combination of experience and an advanced degree.
Building Engineer Licensing
To receive a building engineer license, you must first pass an exam to prove your knowledge of the job and skills to be a successful engineer. Licensing requirements vary and may be required at the city or state level.
You will need some professional work experience as a boiler machinist, mechanic, or apprentice to get licensed. A college degree may qualify in place of work experience in some jurisdictions.
Building Engineer Certifications
The more certifications you have, the more opportunity you get as a building engineer. The National Association of Power Engineers (NAPE) offer basic and advanced boiler operator certifications on a variety of test topics, including:
- Maintenance and operation
- National regulations
- Fuel types
- Emergency procedures and safety
Building Engineer Professional Organizations
Becoming a building engineer professional organization member can provide valuable resources to help you build your professional career.
Some building engineer professional organizations to consider:
- National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Becoming a Building Engineer
Suppose you’re interested in a career as a building engineer. In that case, BMSI is a great place to consider working to gain valuable work experience and skills necessary to pass exams and get certified.
At BMSI in Washington, D.C., we employ all levels of building engineer to provide temporary and long-term staff to building owners, investors, and real estate managers.