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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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Hispanic or Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.6%
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Fashion Institute of Technology15.1%
University of Phoenix10.4%
Savannah College of Art and Design7.2%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.6%
Iowa State University5.1%
Michigan State University4.3%
University of Texas at Austin4.0%
University of Arizona4.0%
New York University3.8%
University of Cincinnati3.8%
San Jose State University3.8%
Brigham Young University3.6%
Arizona State University3.6%
University of Washington3.4%
Pennsylvania State University3.2%
University of Houston3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Experience Design Manager||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Francisco, CA||Jan 11, 2016||$223,000|
|Senior Experience Design Manager||Adobe Systems Incorporated||San Francisco, CA||Jan 07, 2016||$219,243|
|Design Manager||Quality Building Services Corp||New York, NY||Mar 16, 2016||$215,405|
|Dimensional Survey and Design Manager||Orion Project Services LLC||Houston, TX||Jul 01, 2015||$200,000|
|Dimensional Survey and Design Manager||Orion Project Services LLC||Houston, TX||Aug 17, 2015||$200,000|
|Principal Design Manager||Microsoft Corporation||Palo Alto, CA||Jun 24, 2015||$195,000|
|Systems Design Manager||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Oct 14, 2016||$191,704 -
|Senior Design Manager, Digital Services||CSAA Insurance Exchange||Walnut Creek, CA||Oct 20, 2015||$185,000 -
|Digital Signal Processing Design Manager||Cavium Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 03, 2015||$182,800|
|Engineering and Design Manager||GE Oil & Gas, Inc.||Schertz, TX||Sep 30, 2015||$170,000 -
|System Design Manager||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Apr 20, 2016||$167,685 -
|Design Verification Manager||Teradyne Inc.||North Reading, MA||Sep 11, 2015||$165,000|
|Manager, Furnace and Reformer Design||Petro-Chem Development Co., Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 18, 2015||$165,000|
|Senior Scent Design Manager||International Flavors & Fragrances||New York, NY||Dec 16, 2016||$160,000 -
|Catenary Design Manager||Gannett Fleming, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 05, 2015||$129,314 -
|Game Design Manager||IGT||Reno, NV||Aug 31, 2015||$128,128 -
|Game Design Manager||IGT||Reno, NV||Apr 02, 2016||$127,629 -
|Systems Design MGR 1||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jul 19, 2016||$127,200 -
|Visual Design Manager||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 12, 2015||$125,790 -
|Analog Design Manager||Texas Instruments Incorporated||Dallas, TX||Sep 02, 2015||$125,278|
|Analog Design Manager||Texas Instruments Incorporated||Dallas, TX||May 11, 2015||$125,278|
|Store Design Manager||Estee Lauder Travel Retail Services Inc.||Miami, FL||Jun 09, 2016||$93,150|
|Research & Design Manager||Bentley Systems, Incorporated||Walnut Creek, CA||Dec 11, 2015||$93,080 -
|ART, Design, & Architecture Manager, Corp. Communications||R/Ga Media Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2016||$93,000 -
|Industrial Design Manager||Fitbit, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 25, 2016||$92,123|
|SR. Design Manager||Tarkett USA, Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 09, 2016||$90,640|
|Design Manager||General Growth Properties||Chicago, IL||May 01, 2015||$90,025|
|Logistics Design Manager||Exel Inc.||Westerville, OH||Sep 22, 2015||$89,918|
|Logistics Design Manager||Exel Inc.||Westerville, OH||Mar 10, 2016||$89,128|
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