There are 25 major specialties in engineering that are recognized by professional societies. In any one of those 25 specialties, the goal of the engineer is the same. The goal is to be able to come up with a cost effective design that aids people in the tasks they face each day. Whether it be the coffee machine in the morning or the roads and highways people travel, or even the cars people travel in, it was all an idea that started with an engineer. Someone engineered each idea to make it the best solution to a problem. Even though engineer's goals are similar, there are many different things that engineers do within their selected field of engineering. Out of all the different studies of engineering, one of the most popular is the field of architectural engineering. Like all engineers, architectural engineers apply the theories and principles of science and mathematics to research and develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the link between scientific discoveries and commercial applications. Engineers design products, machinery to build those products, factories in which those products are made, and the systems that ensure the quality of the product and efficiency of the workforce and manufacturing process. Engineers design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, and transit systems. Architectural engineers develop new materials that both improve the performance of products and help implement advances in technology. Engineering knowledge is applied to improving many things, including the quality of health care, the safety of food products, and the efficient operation of financial systems. “Architectural Engineering is in many ways similar to civil and mechanical engineering, but it is specifically geared toward the building industry” (The Princeton Review). Architectural engineers help plan how a building is constructed so that it will look and function the way it was...
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