As I've outlined above, the path to management in an engineering or architectural firm is long and complex. But it can also be very rewarding, both professionally and salary-wise.
Peter recommends the following next steps:
The very first thing I would do is get in the consrtuction industry working so you truly understand how buildings & structures go together. You can do this while going to school for Architecture or Engineering. Trust me this will put at the top of your class and light years ahead even some seasoned professionals. I've been in these industries over 35 years and that's exactly how I did it and I currently run two offices in two different states.
Hope that helps.