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Become A Chief Engineer

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Working As A Chief Engineer

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $144,770

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Engineer Do

A Chief Engineer performs the technical supervision of the development, production, and operation of an engineering project. They supervise engineering office workers, operate budgets, compile reports, and conduct special investigations to evaluate the efficiency of engineering programs.

How To Become A Chief Engineer

Architectural and engineering managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and considerable work experience as an architect or engineer.

Education

Most architectural and engineering managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture.

Many also gain business management skills by completing a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Some workers earn their master’s degree before advancing to management positions, and others earn it while they work as a manager. Employers will sometimes pay for such education. Typically, those who prefer to manage in technical areas pursue an MsEM or MSTM and those interested in more general management skills earn an MBA.

Engineering management programs usually include classes in accounting, engineering economics, financial management, industrial and human resources management, and quality control.

Technology management programs typically provide instruction in production and operations management, project management, computer applications, quality control, safety and health issues, statistics, and general management principles.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Managers advance to their positions after years of employment as an architect or engineer. They usually have experience working on difficult or complex projects, developing designs, solving problems, and making decisions. Before moving up to a management position, they also typically gain experience leading engineering teams. 

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architectural and engineering managers must evaluate information carefully and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Architectural and engineering managers oversee staff and work together with other levels of management. They must communicate orders effectively and lead teams to meet goals. 

Detail oriented. Architectural and engineering managers must pay attention to detail. Their duties require an understanding of complex systems since a minor error can cause major problems.

Math skills. Architectural and engineering managers use calculus and other advanced mathematics to develop new products and processes.

Organizational skills. Architectural and engineering managers keep track of many workers, schedules, and budgets simultaneously.

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Real Chief Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Director/Chief Engineer RCR Race Operations, LLC Welcome, NC Oct 22, 2016 $300,000
Chief Engineer X.Commerce San Jose, CA Sep 30, 2013 $295,000
Chief Engineer EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2013 $295,000
Chief Engineer/Vice Oprona, Inc. Houston, TX Apr 11, 2013 $225,000
Chief Engineer/Vice Oprona, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 15, 2015 $225,000
Powertrain Chief Engineer Polaris Industries, Inc. Wyoming, MN Aug 18, 2014 $210,060
Chief Engineer American Biocarbon LLC White Castle, LA Feb 05, 2016 $200,000
Chief Engineer Firebird Petroleum LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $200,000
Chief Engineer SGT, Inc. Greenbelt, MD Sep 04, 2015 $198,661
Chief Engineer Rrsat America-Global Communications Network Inc. Hawley, PA Jan 02, 2013 $180,000
Process Chief Engineer Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2014 $172,500 -
$216,456
Chief Engineer (Package Equipment Management) Technip USA, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $166,400
Chief Engineer AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc. Plymouth, MI Mar 22, 2014 $153,100
Chief Engineer Declarativ, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 15, 2013 $125,000
Chief Engineer Declarativ, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 13, 2013 $125,000
Chief Engineer Phillips 66 Company Bartlesville, OK Oct 01, 2013 $123,440 -
$185,160
Chief Engineer Jason Fane DBA Ithaca Renting Company Ithaca, NY Apr 11, 2015 $122,678
Chief Engineer Quesos La Ricura, Ltd Hicksville, NY Mar 21, 2016 $122,304
Chief Engineer GKN Driveline North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 07, 2016 $120,619
Chief Engineer Cisneros Studios LLC Medley, FL Sep 18, 2015 $120,000
Chief Engineer Barrick Cortez Inc. Crescent Valley, NV Feb 16, 2016 $104,000 -
$120,000
Chief Engineer Stant USA Corp Pine Bluff, AR Aug 15, 2015 $103,824
Chief Engineer Complex Polygon, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 18, 2014 $103,787
Chief Underground Engineer Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. Carlin, NV Aug 20, 2014 $102,752 -
$124,903
Project Chief-Engineering Kyyba Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jul 10, 2015 $100,000
Chief Engineer Barrick Cortez, Inc. Crescent Valley, NV Jan 03, 2015 $100,000 -
$150,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Engineer

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Top Chief Engineer Skills

  1. Life Safety Systems
  2. Hvac
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained mechanical equipment, plumbing, life safety systems, and electrical distribution systems.
  • Performed all HVAC&R maintenance and repairs for building, parking structure and grounds.
  • Developed procedures to support repair and laboratory/manufacturing facility shipment of power PC modules.
  • Specified, selected, and established procedures for installation and operation of automated vision inspection system for quality control.
  • Oversee preventative maintenance program for mechanical equipment, as well as works hands on to repair complex issues.

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