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Working As A Director, Product 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

  • $155,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director, Product 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, Product 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, Product Engineering
Manager 3.9%
Consultant 3.4%
Top Careers After Director, Product Engineering
Consultant 7.9%
President 5.0%
Director 4.2%
Owner 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$155,000
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$112,000
Min 10%
$155,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Median 50%
$214,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
3.7 years
How much does a Director, Product Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director, Product Engineering in the United States is $155,673 per year or $75 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $112,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $214,000.

Real Director, Product Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Engineering, Core Product Services Leanplum Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 11, 2016 $214,947
Director of Finance, Engineering and Product Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 01, 2015 $200,000
Director of Product Engineering Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2014 $195,000
Director of Product Engineering Branch Metrics, Inc. Palo Alto, CA May 16, 2016 $190,000
Director Product Engineer Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $184,807
Director Engineering Product Engineering Kennametal, Inc. Solon, OH Apr 26, 2013 $179,000
Director, Product Engineering Headway Technologies, Inc. Milpitas, CA Oct 11, 2010 $174,990
Director, Productivity Engineering Yelp Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 05, 2016 $170,000
Director of Engineering, Programmatic & Platform Products Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2016 $165,000
Director, Product Engineering Nc Transaction, Inc. New York, NY Sep 05, 2014 $165,000
Director, Product & System Engineering Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 05, 2014 $161,900 -
$166,400
Director, Product Engineering, Video Smartthings Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 29, 2016 $160,000
Director, Product Management & Engineering Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Nov 21, 2014 $160,000
Director of Product Engineering Autogrid Systems, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 10, 2011 $160,000
Director of Product Engineering & Marketing RGB Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Feb 07, 2011 $160,000
Director, Product Engineering, International Smartthings, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 30, 2015 $150,000 -
$175,000
Director, Product Engineering, Video Smartthings, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 30, 2015 $150,000 -
$170,000
Director, New Product Manufacturing Engineering Conformis, Inc. Bedford, MA Oct 05, 2015 $138,133 -
$180,000
Director of Product Engineering Medeanalytics, Inc. Emeryville, CA Sep 14, 2013 $135,000
Director Product Engineering Medeanalytics, Inc. Emeryville, CA May 02, 2016 $134,992 -
$150,000
SR. Anntena Engineer & Product Director World Products Inc. Sonoma, CA Apr 28, 2011 $134,000
Director of Product Engineering Medeanalytics, Inc. Emeryville, CA Sep 14, 2016 $132,974 -
$147,974
Director Product Engineer Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. New York, NY May 09, 2016 $130,452
Director Product Engineering Scioinspire Corporation West Hartford, CT Jun 01, 2016 $127,629

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Top Skills for A Director, Product Engineering

  1. New Product Development
  2. Product Engineering
  3. Cost Savings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed multidisciplinary R&D (EE, SW and ME) to drive sustaining engineering and new product development.
  • Directed product engineering activities, including new product development, and sustaining engineering, packaging engineering and engineering documentation.
  • Promoted and delivered significant cost savings.
  • Implemented Agile engineering project management system to improve productivity and timely delivery of projects.
  • Orchestrated new product development and process improvement for a start up company manufacturing water quality analyzers.

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Top 10 Best States for Directors, Product Engineering

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  2. California
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  4. Texas
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Jersey
  7. New York
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Director, Product Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

80.9%

Unknown

10.4%

Female

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

56.4%

Asian

15.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Japanese

16.7%

Chinese

8.3%

German

8.3%

French

8.3%

Armenian

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%

Arabic

8.3%
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Director, Product Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.9%

University of Southern California

6.9%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.9%

University of Arizona

5.9%

University of Chicago

5.9%

San Jose State University

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

University of Illinois University Administration

5.0%

Syracuse University

4.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

Southern Methodist University

4.0%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.0%

Santa Clara University

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Stanford University

4.0%

Clemson University

4.0%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.0%
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Majors

Business

17.8%

Mechanical Engineering

16.0%

Electrical Engineering

16.0%

Computer Science

9.9%

Management

4.2%

Computer Engineering

3.6%

Finance

3.3%

Marketing

3.0%

Project Management

3.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.0%

Aerospace Engineering

2.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.4%

Engineering

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Industrial Engineering

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

38.7%

Other

9.4%

Doctorate

7.5%

Associate

2.2%

Certificate

1.9%
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