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Working As A Director, Product Engineering

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  • 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

  • $188,868

    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
Consultant 4.2%
Manager 4.2%
Top Careers After Director, Product Engineering
Consultant 7.6%
Director 5.3%
Owner 3.5%

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Director, Product Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

88.5%

Female

9.1%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Asian

16.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

66.7%

Spanish

33.3%

Director, Product Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

University of Connecticut

5.7%

Santa Clara University

5.7%

University of California - Berkeley

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

University of Chicago

5.7%

California State University - Fresno

4.3%

University of Southern California

4.3%

University of Arizona

4.3%

Bradley University

4.3%

Northwestern University

4.3%

University of Illinois University Administration

4.3%

Syracuse University

2.9%

Nichols College

2.9%

Ohio University -

2.9%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Mechanical Engineering

16.7%

Electrical Engineering

15.4%

Computer Science

8.3%

Management

5.3%

Finance

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Project Management

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Physics

2.2%

Engineering

2.2%

Political Science

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Aerospace Engineering

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.1%

Bachelors

37.5%

Other

9.8%

Doctorate

6.9%

Associate

2.5%

Certificate

2.2%
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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. Engineering Department
  3. Product Line
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  • Managed multidisciplinary R&D (EE, SW and ME) to drive sustaining engineering and new product development.
  • Developed goals and objectives for the engineering department in alignment with the strategic plan developed for the Plant.
  • Conducted product line and customer P&L analysis and verified actual P&L consistent with projected P&L.
  • Collaborated with production and marketing and successfully implemented improved product quality and reliability testing processes.
  • Performed business analysis, product design and developed market strategies.

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