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Working As A Director Of Applications 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

  • $159,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Applications 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 Of Applications 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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Instructor 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$159,000
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$115,000
Min 10%
$159,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Median 50%
$159,000
Median 50%
$221,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Synaptics
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Director Of Applications Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Applications Engineering in the United States is $159,869 per year or $77 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $115,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $221,000.

Real Director Of Applications Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Director, Global Field Applications Engineering Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2015 $248,000
SR. Director, Global Field Applications Engineering Synaptics, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 07, 2016 $248,000
Director of Application Engineering Tubemogul, Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 10, 2015 $186,555
Director of Field Applications Engineering Thermagon, Inc. Cleveland, OH Sep 29, 2015 $175,727 -
$185,727
Director of Applications Engineering Quantros Inc. Milpitas, CA Apr 17, 2013 $173,900
Director, Application Engineering Wot.IO, Inc. New York, NY Aug 04, 2014 $170,000
Director, Field Applications Engineering Broadcom Corporation San Jose, CA Oct 29, 2012 $165,000
Director of Application Engineering Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Oct 15, 2015 $155,000
Director of Application Engineering Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Oct 23, 2015 $155,000
Director of Application Engineering Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Oct 14, 2015 $155,000
Director of Application Engineering Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Oct 27, 2014 $155,000
Senior Director, Application Engineering Pronto Inc. New York, NY Dec 01, 2010 $150,000
Director of Applications Engineering Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 15, 2013 $143,083 -
$170,000
Director of Applications Engineering Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 01, 2010 $140,000
Director, Applications Engineering Cast Iron Systems, Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 20, 2010 $134,451 -
$140,000
Director, Applications & Engineering Services CCC Information Services Inc. Chicago, IL May 08, 2016 $125,445 -
$154,000
Director, Application Engineer Efficient Power Conversion Corporation El Segundo, CA Aug 29, 2016 $125,445
Director, Advanced Applications & Commercial Engin FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Oct 01, 2011 $123,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Applications Engineering

  1. Application Engineering
  2. Technical Support
  3. Platform
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed and provided application engineering support for all technologies and products offered on global basis.
  • Created proactive technical support materials by developing incentives for engineers to submit knowledge base articles and application notes.
  • Implemented technology platform development process.
  • Partnered with internal and customer Quality, Logistics and Sales departments to provide state-of-the-art technical and customer service.
  • Led and managed development teams to implement large-scale, web-based custom infrastructure.

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Top 10 Best States for Directors Of Applications Engineering

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Colorado
  4. California
  5. Delaware
  6. New Jersey
  7. New York
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Director Of Applications Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

86.4%

Unknown

6.8%

Female

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

13.9%

Black or African American

8.5%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

100.0%

Director Of Applications Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Santa Clara University

7.7%

Northeastern University

7.7%

Drexel University

5.8%

Villanova University

5.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

5.8%

San Diego State University

5.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.8%

Colorado State University

5.8%

San Jose State University

3.8%

Brigham Young University

3.8%

Case Western Reserve University

3.8%

Loyola Marymount University

3.8%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.8%

Oklahoma State University

3.8%

State University of New York Stony Brook

3.8%

Syracuse University

1.9%

Eastern Michigan University

1.9%

Northeastern State University

1.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

25.3%

Business

20.7%

Computer Science

14.7%

Mechanical Engineering

8.0%

Computer Engineering

5.3%

Physics

4.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Management

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Biology

2.0%

Information Systems

2.0%

English

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Engineering

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Systems Engineering

0.7%

Political Science

0.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

0.7%

Natural Resources Management

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.5%

Masters

36.9%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

6.3%

Associate

1.7%

Certificate

1.1%

Diploma

1.1%
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