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Working As A Director, Hardware Engineering

  • 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

  • $130,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director, Hardware Engineering 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 Director, Hardware Engineering

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
Top Careers Before Director, Hardware Engineering
Director 3.0%
Engineer 3.0%
Top Careers After Director, Hardware Engineering
Consultant 6.3%
Architect 3.1%
Director 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$130,000
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$91,000
Min 10%
$130,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Median 50%
$186,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Qualcomm
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Colorado
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Director, Hardware Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director, Hardware Engineering in the United States is $130,885 per year or $63 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $91,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $186,000.

Real Director, Hardware Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Director, Mobile Hardware Engineering Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 01, 2011 $300,000 -
$400,000
Director, Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 22, 2015 $232,898 -
$256,400
Senior Director Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 28, 2015 $219,877 -
$278,300
Director of Hardware Engineering Amplify Education, Inc. New York, NY May 12, 2014 $210,000
Director Hardware Engineering Zipcar, Inc. San Mateo, CA Oct 19, 2016 $200,366
Director Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 30, 2016 $187,970 -
$261,800
Senior Director Hardware Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 18, 2015 $185,500 -
$278,300
Senior Director Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 06, 2014 $182,900 -
$274,300
Senior Director Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 06, 2013 $182,900 -
$274,300
Director Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 24, 2016 $182,083 -
$236,400
Director, Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 18, 2016 $176,100 -
$264,100
Senior Director, Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 18, 2011 $175,840 -
$263,760
Hardware Engineer (Director, DFT) Soft MacHines, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 01, 2014 $170,000 -
$190,000
Director, Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 07, 2015 $167,045 -
$232,100
Director, Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 04, 2015 $167,045 -
$256,400
Director Hardware Systems Engineering Ubilite, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Nov 20, 2014 $165,000
Director, Hardware Engineering On-Ramp Wireless Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 02, 2014 $161,500
Director, Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jun 18, 2016 $157,700 -
$232,100
Senior Director, Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2010 $157,352 -
$236,028
Director of Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Jan 31, 2011 $156,978 -
$234,528
Director of Hardware Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 06, 2011 $156,978 -
$234,528
Director of Hardware Engineering HGST, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 06, 2014 $155,000 -
$175,000
Director of Hardware Engineering LEEO, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 19, 2016 $154,107
Director, Hardware Engineering On-Ramp Wireless, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2012 $149,000

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Top Skills for A Director, Hardware Engineering

  1. New Product Development
  2. Hardware Architecture
  3. Fpga
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed hardware architecture in conjunction with software architecture.
  • Architected the new IP Infrastructure lowering the cost of the FPGA based Set-top box by 31%.
  • Managed subcontract design services for power supplies, printed wiring boards, mechanical design and contract manufacturing.
  • Managed all hardware development of Concurrent's standards-based graphical, data acquisition and computer systems products.
  • Performed mechanical and PCB design for emissions compliance including FCC Class B, CSA and CE specs.

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Director, Hardware Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Unknown

7.6%

Female

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

55.3%

Asian

16.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.3%
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Director, Hardware Engineering Education

Schools

Northeastern University

10.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

8.3%

Stanford University

8.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

6.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.7%

Santa Clara University

5.0%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5.0%

University of New Hampshire

5.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.0%

Syracuse University

3.3%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.3%

Bradley University

3.3%

Washington State University

3.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.3%

More Tech Institute

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

University of Phoenix

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

48.1%

Mechanical Engineering

9.2%

Business

6.1%

Management

4.6%

Computer Engineering

4.6%

Physics

3.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Project Management

3.1%

Computer Science

2.3%

Communication

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.5%

Systems Engineering

0.8%

International Business

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

Alternative And Complementary Medical Support Services

0.8%

Pharmacy

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

42.6%

Bachelors

39.0%

Other

8.5%

Doctorate

6.4%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

0.7%
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