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Working As A Design Engineering Manager

  • 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

  • $117,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Design Engineering Manager Do

Architectural and engineering managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Duties

Architectural and engineering managers typically do the following:

  • Make detailed plans for the development of new products and designs
  • Determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Propose budgets for projects and programs
  • Hire and supervise staff
  • Lead research and development projects to produce new products, processes, or designs
  • Check the technical accuracy of their staff’s work
  • Ensure the soundness of methods their staff uses
  • Coordinate work with other staff and managers

Architectural and engineering managers use their knowledge of architecture or engineering to oversee a variety of activities. They may direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance at manufacturing sites, industrial plants, engineering services firms, and research and development laboratories.

Architectural and engineering managers are responsible for developing the overall concept of a new product or for solving the technical problems that prevent the completion of a project. To accomplish this, they must determine technical goals and produce detailed plans. 

Architectural and engineering managers spend a great deal of time coordinating the activities of their staff with the activities of other staff or organizations. They often confer with other managers, including those in finance, production, and marketing, as well as with contractors and equipment and materials suppliers.

In addition, architectural and engineering managers must know how to prepare budgets, hire staff, and supervise employees. They propose budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs. These managers must also hire people and assign them specific parts of each project to carry out. Architectural and engineering managers supervise the work of their employees, set schedules, and create administrative procedures.

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How To Become A Design Engineering Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Design Supervisor 5.0 years
Top Careers Before Design Engineering Manager
Engineer 5.3%
Designer 3.4%
Manager 2.8%
Top Careers After Design Engineering Manager
Consultant 3.4%
Owner 3.2%
Manager 2.9%

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Design Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

82.5%

Unknown

9.0%

Female

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

10.3%

Black or African American

10.2%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

German

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

Chinese

8.9%

French

8.9%

Russian

5.4%

Carrier

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Swedish

1.8%

Bulgarian

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Gujarati

1.8%

Dutch

1.8%

Thai

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Design Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Arizona State University

8.3%

Purdue University

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

North Carolina State University

5.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

Oklahoma State University

4.1%

University of Cincinnati

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.7%

University of Akron

3.7%

Stanford University

3.7%

Eastern Michigan University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Clemson University

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

24.0%

Electrical Engineering

15.7%

Business

13.9%

Drafting And Design

6.8%

Civil Engineering

5.0%

Engineering

4.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.1%

Management

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Project Management

2.3%

Computer Science

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Finance

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Architecture

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

24.0%

Other

17.0%

Associate

9.3%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$81,000
Min 10%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
Median 50%
$117,000
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$117,000
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Design Engineering Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Design Engineering Manager in the United States is $117,341 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $169,000.

Real Design Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Asic Design Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 22, 2016 $220,000 -
$275,600
Mechanical Design Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 10, 2016 $189,280 -
$233,900
Manager III Design Engineer Lattice Semiconductor Corporation San Jose, CA May 24, 2010 $185,000
Design Engineer Manager Lattice Semiconductor Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2016 $184,782
Physical Design Engineer, Senior Staff/Manager Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 30, 2016 $180,004 -
$208,600
Manager, Design Engineering Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Mar 29, 2016 $174,922 -
$197,000
Engineering and Design Manager GE Oil & Gas, Inc. Schertz, TX Sep 30, 2015 $170,000 -
$180,000
SR. Design Engineering Manager Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Austin, TX May 07, 2016 $169,125 -
$189,125
Manager, Design Engineering Altera Corporation Austin, TX Apr 15, 2016 $163,758 -
$181,351
Vehicle Engineering Manager, Vehicle Design Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 24, 2015 $159,182 -
$170,000
Manager, Asic Design Engineering Cortina Systems, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 17, 2012 $158,701
Design Engineer Manager II Lattice Semiconductor Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 09, 2013 $156,000
Manager, CAD Engineering Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2013 $155,000
Design/Engineer Manager Pactron/HJPC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 14, 2014 $141,898
Manager, Design Engineering Altera Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 30, 2015 $141,200 -
$208,714
Design Engineering Manager (APS) Silicon Laboratories Inc. Austin, TX Sep 30, 2015 $141,170 -
$142,107
Design Engineer Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Austin, TX Aug 24, 2009 $140,004
Manager, Asic Design Engineering Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Aug 14, 2010 $139,500
Design Engineering Manager NEC Electronics America, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 14, 2010 $138,445 -
$190,800
Manufacturing Design, Supply Base Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Mar 30, 2016 $136,820 -
$187,200
Engineering Manager-Component Design Intel Corporation Hillsboro, OR Jan 27, 2015 $135,762 -
$175,400
Design Manager/Engineer Manager Pactron Santa Clara, CA May 30, 2014 $117,624
Manager Experience Design Engineer Hp Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 18, 2016 $114,900 -
$218,300
Circuit Design Engineering Manager National Semiconductor Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 20, 2010 $111,322 -
$172,310
Design Engineering Manager NHK International Corporation Wixom, MI Sep 20, 2010 $110,000
Component Design Engineering Manager Lytron, Inc. Woburn, MA Jan 07, 2016 $108,000 -
$115,000
Manager-Design Engineering North American Lighting, Inc. Farmington Hills, MI Mar 16, 2016 $104,520 -
$117,000
Senior Design Engineering Manager American Hydrostatics Distribution, Inc. Sterling Heights, MI Jan 15, 2014 $100,200

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Top Skills for A Design Engineering Manager

  1. CAD
  2. New Product Development
  3. Engineering Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented AutoCAD and architectural best practices and standards to existing as-built drawings and construction documentation.
  • Designated as process owner responsible for technical risk mitigation and compliance to new product development process.
  • High-paced management position in Aftermarket Engineering Department, supporting the highly competitive large-machine/rotating equipment service and repair market.
  • Developed internal project management planning and business controls to improve manufacturing scheduling, delivery timing, cost and quality.
  • Reviewed blueprints to determine customer requirements and consulted with assemblers regarding building procedures and quality control.

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