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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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Hispanic or Latino8.6%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix8.8%
Pennsylvania State University7.0%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.6%
University of Southern California5.6%
University of Pittsburgh -5.3%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute5.1%
University of California - Berkeley4.8%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology4.4%
Georgia Institute of Technology -4.3%
Illinois Institute of Technology4.1%
Santa Clara University4.1%
University of California - Los Angeles3.7%
Texas A&M University3.7%
University of Utah3.6%
University of Houston3.6%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Engineering Director||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 09, 2016||$297,577|
|Engineering Director||Apple Inc.||Culver City, CA||Sep 12, 2015||$277,000 -
|Director of Engineering||Coursera, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 05, 2016||$275,000|
|Director, Mobile Engineering||ROKU, Inc.||Los Gatos, CA||Jan 08, 2016||$270,000|
|Director of Engineering||Station Casinos LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Dec 20, 2016||$265,000|
|Director, Engineering||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Sep 06, 2015||$264,886|
|Director, Engineering||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 09, 2015||$264,886|
|Director of Engineering||Ocean AERO, Inc.||Poway, CA||Jan 05, 2015||$250,440|
|Director of Engineering||Ocean Aero||Poway, CA||Jun 30, 2016||$250,440|
|Director of Engineering-Orchestration||Gridstore, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jun 27, 2016||$250,000|
|Director, Engineering||Medallia, Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Jul 22, 2016||$245,000|
|Director of Engineering||Ventra Ohio Corp.||Warren, MI||Mar 11, 2015||$231,000|
|Director, Engineering||Kraft Heinz Foods Company||Chicago, IL||Feb 22, 2016||$230,000|
|Etcl Director of Engineering I||Cameron International Corporation||Houston, TX||Sep 11, 2015||$177,060|
|Director of Engineering (Internal Title: CTO)||Schakra, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Feb 04, 2015||$177,000 -
|Director Engineering||Live Nation Worldwide, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Feb 05, 2016||$175,947 -
|Director of Engineering||Mlslistings Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Apr 14, 2015||$175,790|
|Director of Engineering||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jan 06, 2015||$175,000|
|Director of Engineering||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 11, 2015||$175,000|
|Director of Engineering||Ads Alliance Data Systems, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$175,000|
|Director of Engineering||Vungle, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||May 09, 2016||$175,000 -
|Director 2, Engineering||Comcast Cable Communications, LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Oct 17, 2016||$149,900 -
|Director, Engineering||Comcast Cable Communications, LLC||Philadelphia, PA||Jul 11, 2016||$149,900 -
|Director of Engineering||Infoaxe, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 29, 2015||$149,885|
|Director, Engineering||Ikasystems Corporation||Southborough, MA||Mar 14, 2016||$148,886 -
|Director of Engineering||RETC, LLC||Fremont, CA||Jul 12, 2015||$148,866|
|Director HW Engineering||Motorola Mobility LLC||Chicago, IL||Sep 15, 2016||$148,200|
|Director-Vehicle Engineering||Tata Technologies, Inc.||Gardena, CA||Sep 19, 2016||$148,031|
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