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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

  • $152,000

    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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Top Careers Before Director Of Systems Engineering
Manager 4.7%
Director 4.1%
Consultant 4.1%
Top Careers After Director Of Systems Engineering
Consultant 6.6%
Director 3.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$152,000
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$110,000
Min 10%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$152,000
Median 50%
$210,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Director Of Systems Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Systems Engineering in the United States is $152,466 per year or $73 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $110,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $210,000.

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 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 of Systems Engineering Dstillery Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $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
Director-Systems Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Feb 03, 2014 $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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Top Skills for A Director Of Systems Engineering

  1. Engineering Support
  2. New Product Development
  3. Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide engineering support for bid evaluation and proposals.
  • Increased new product development from one to eight.
  • Designed and managed the upgrade of network infrastructure for primary and secondary data center locations to accommodate additional network traffic.
  • Championed use of Model-Driven Development for requirements accuracy, architecture verification, and defect reduction early in the development cycle.
  • Position required staff and project management, budgetary bid response preparation, project scheduling and collaborative staff recruiting and hiring.

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Director Of Systems Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

85.7%

Unknown

7.4%

Female

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

11.6%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

35.3%

Spanish

29.4%

Korean

11.8%

Chinese

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Dutch

5.9%

Italian

5.9%
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Director Of Systems Engineering Education

Schools

George Washington University

12.0%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Stanford University

6.8%

Cornell University

6.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

5.3%

Southern Methodist University

4.5%

Boston University

4.5%

University of Central Florida

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.8%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Florida International University

3.0%

University of South Florida

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

20.0%

Electrical Engineering

18.3%

Computer Science

15.0%

Mechanical Engineering

5.4%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Project Management

4.8%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Systems Engineering

3.3%

Finance

2.9%

Engineering

2.7%

Information Technology

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Mathematics

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.5%

Information Systems

1.5%

Communication

1.3%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.1%

Bachelors

33.8%

Other

12.3%

Doctorate

6.4%

Certificate

3.4%

Associate

2.5%

Diploma

0.4%
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