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Working As A Director Of Systems 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

  • $159,506

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Systems 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 Systems 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
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Systems Director 4.1 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.0%
Consultant 3.5%
Director 3.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.7%
Director 4.1%

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Director Of Systems Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

89.7%

Female

7.5%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Asian

11.9%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.3%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

Carrier

28.6%

Korean

14.3%

Japanese

7.1%

Dutch

7.1%

Italian

7.1%
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Director Of Systems Engineering Education

Schools

George Washington University

11.9%

University of Phoenix

7.3%

Cornell University

7.3%

Stanford University

6.4%

Southern Methodist University

5.5%

Boston University

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.5%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.5%

University of Pennsylvania

4.6%

University of Central Florida

4.6%

Santa Clara University

4.6%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.6%

Florida International University

3.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.8%

University of California - Santa Barbara

2.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.8%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.1%

Business

18.5%

Computer Science

14.0%

Project Management

5.6%

Mechanical Engineering

5.6%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Systems Engineering

4.3%

Finance

3.5%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Engineering

2.7%

Management

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

Physics

2.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.9%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Communication

1.3%

Information Systems

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.9%

Bachelors

32.5%

Other

13.1%

Doctorate

6.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

1.9%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Director Of Systems Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Director, Systems Engineer EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Sep 18, 2014 $281,250
Executive Director, Global Head of Systems Engineering PDT Partners, LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2015 $275,000
Director, Systems Engineering, Cala Fortinet, Inc. Sunrise, FL Aug 27, 2016 $240,000
Director, Engineering Systems Karma Automotive, LLC Costa Mesa, CA Jan 10, 2016 $180,000
Director of Systems Engineering Dstillery Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $175,000
Director of System Engineering Dstillery Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $175,000
Director of Engineering, Power Systems Greenvolts, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 23, 2010 $175,000
Director, Unit Responsible-Engine Systems FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Aug 19, 2016 $170,000
Systems Engineering Director Directv LLC El Segundo, CA Jul 14, 2014 $169,835
Director, Systems Engineering, Cala Fortinet, Inc. Sunrise, FL Sep 14, 2016 $168,000
Director-Systems Engineering 4D Security Solutions, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Sep 13, 2012 $165,000
Senior Director, System Engineering Frankly Co. TX Sep 03, 2015 $160,000
Director of RF System Performance Engineering ATN International, Inc. Castle Rock, CO Nov 17, 2016 $159,931
Senior Director, Technology Systems Engineering Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Oct 13, 2009 $158,130 -
$237,200
Director of Engineering, Backend Systems Net Power and Light, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $155,000
Associate Director-Systems Engineering Cellco Partnership Alpharetta, GA Feb 24, 2016 $154,703
Director, M2M Systems Engineering Sierra Wireless America, Inc. Carlsbad, CA May 01, 2012 $154,000
Director, M2M Systems Engineering Sierra Wireless America, Inc. Carlsbad, CA Nov 04, 2011 $154,000
Entertainment Systems Engineering (ESE) Director Roush Management, L.L.C. Livonia, MI Dec 09, 2016 $150,779
SR. Director of Power Systems Engineering, Technol Oak Creek Energy Systems, Inc. Mojave, CA Dec 19, 2010 $150,000
Director, Systems Engineering Netelligent Corporation Chesterfield, MO May 10, 2016 $143,811
Director of RF System Performance Engineering ATN International, Inc. Castle Rock, CO Jan 12, 2016 $141,149
Director-System Engineering (Software Engineer) Verizon Data Services LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 13, 2013 $140,226
Director of Systems Engineering Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Jun 10, 2014 $139,076
Director of System Engineering Utstarcom, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 16, 2012 $138,000
Director, System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 22, 2014 $137,262
Director of Systems Engineering Wichorus, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 24, 2010 $135,000
Director of Systems Engineering Mavenir Systems Inc. Richardson, TX Sep 04, 2013 $130,221
Director of Systems Engineering Hyperloop Technologies, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2015 $130,000

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  1. Systems Engineering
  2. Product Development
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Provided organizational leadership and strategic planning for the systems engineering focus of all projects for the enterprise across all technology platforms.
  • Major contributor to Product Development Re-Engineering Team instituting new processes to significantly improve risk management & schedule predictability for product groups.
  • Developed and implemented a strategy to integrate customer operations into the wider corporate infrastructure ensuring maximum leverage during the engagement.
  • Developed computer hardware and software requirements to support engineering analysis, management, and administrative functions.
  • Championed use of Model-Driven Development for requirements accuracy, architecture verification, and defect reduction early in the development cycle.

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