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Working As An Engineering And Operations Director

  • 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

  • $134,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering And Operations Director 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 An Engineering And Operations Director

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 Engineering And Operations Director
Manager 7.3%
Director 3.9%
Top Careers After Engineering And Operations Director
Consultant 4.9%
Director 4.3%
President 2.7%

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Engineering And Operations Director Demographics

Gender

Male

83.7%

Female

9.8%

Unknown

6.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

12.9%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

10.5%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

French

21.4%

Portuguese

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Carrier

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Arabic

7.1%

Italian

7.1%
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Engineering And Operations Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.2%

University of Southern California

7.1%

Purdue University

7.1%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

7.1%

Stanford University

6.1%

North Carolina State University

5.1%

University of Washington

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.1%

Boston University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

Seattle University

4.1%

Harvard University

4.1%

Santa Clara University

4.1%

University of Akron

4.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.1%

Western Washington University

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

University of Florida

3.1%

Capitol Technology University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

26.2%

Mechanical Engineering

14.6%

Electrical Engineering

13.1%

Engineering

5.9%

Computer Science

5.1%

Management

3.8%

Industrial Engineering

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Finance

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Physics

2.3%

Project Management

2.1%

Operations Management

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Computer Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.8%

Masters

38.8%

Other

13.0%

Associate

2.9%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.5%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$91,000
Min 10%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Median 50%
$198,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Union Bank
Highest Paying City
Belmont, CA
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does an Engineering And Operations Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering And Operations Director in the United States is $134,785 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $91,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $198,000.

Real Engineering And Operations Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Engineering Operations Rovop Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2015 $275,000
Engineering Operations Director Tendeka Inc. Houston, TX Sep 26, 2015 $260,000
Engineering Operations Director Tendeka Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2015 $260,000
Director of Engineering Operations Mobile Messenger Americas, Inc. Los Angeles, CA May 16, 2011 $200,000
Director of Operations and Engineering Ocean Agro LLC Daly City, CA Sep 10, 2015 $197,350
Director of Engineering Operations Tradinco, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 01, 2015 $196,200
Water & Wastewater Engineering Operations Director RWL LLC New York, NY Apr 01, 2011 $195,000 -
$500,000
Director of Engineering Operations Regent Power & Compression LLC Commerce City, CO Oct 01, 2014 $180,000
Director of Engineering Operations Rotating Energy Services LLC Commerce City, CO Oct 01, 2011 $180,000
Director, Engineering Operations Thousandeyes, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $170,016
Director Operations, Engineering DBSD Satellite Services, G.P. North Las Vegas, NV Nov 18, 2011 $170,000
Director, Engineering Maintenance Operations Santa Cruz Holdco, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Jun 01, 2015 $155,000
Director, Engineering Maintenance Operations Santa Cruz Holdco, Inc. Santa Cruz, CA Jan 06, 2015 $155,000
Director, Saas Operations and Engineering Nextplane, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 19, 2013 $155,000
Director of Engineering and Operations Nextenergy Center Detroit, MI Oct 01, 2009 $145,995
Director Operations Engineering Heartware Inc. Miami Lakes, FL Jul 01, 2011 $140,000
Director of Operations and Engineering Lightspeed Networks, Inc. Portland, OR Oct 18, 2012 $137,379
Director of Engineering Operations Seven Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Aug 22, 2012 $135,000 -
$175,000
Director of Engineering Operations Regent Power & Compression Commerce City, CO Apr 27, 2015 $124,030
Director of Engineering Operations United Ship Service Corp Fort Lauderdale, FL Jul 15, 2010 $120,000
Director, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Dec 15, 2010 $120,000
Director, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Dec 16, 2013 $117,600 -
$135,000
Director of Engineering Operations Upstream Downstream Specialized Services Pembroke Pines, FL Jul 10, 2015 $115,000
Director of Engineering and Logistics Operations Accesso Services LLC Hallandale Beach, FL Oct 06, 2016 $112,500
Director for Operations and Engineering RETC, LLC Fremont, CA Dec 07, 2012 $111,155 -
$130,000
Director of Operations and Engineering Ocean Agro LLC Daly City, CA Sep 12, 2015 $110,864
Director of Engineering Operations Kailas Corp. Davie, FL May 08, 2016 $110,448
Operations Engineer, Director Familia Development LLC Schaumburg, IL Oct 01, 2012 $110,000

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Top Skills for An Engineering And Operations Director

  1. New Product Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Facility
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  • Designed and implemented a stage-gate new product development process that slashed development times and significantly enhanced predictability.
  • Trained project managers in project management methods to effectively and efficiently produce innovative new products on schedule and at target costs.
  • Promoted after 6 months to take responsibility for Fiber Optic equipment division facility.
  • Change management leader within the L+G culture focusing on on-time delivery, increased customer satisfaction & team accountability.
  • Served as Executive Committee member, responsible for development of all company engineering and security-related policies and procedures.

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