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Working As An Engineering Director

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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

  • $142,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering 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 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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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Engineering Director
Engineer 4.6%
Manager 4.3%
Director 3.1%
Consultant 2.8%
Top Careers After Engineering Director
Consultant 6.9%
Director 4.9%
President 3.8%
Owner 3.2%

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Engineering Director Demographics

Gender

Male

91.0%

Female

6.2%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

12.0%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.3%

French

12.1%

German

11.1%

Chinese

9.1%

Mandarin

7.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Carrier

4.5%

Korean

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Italian

3.0%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Dutch

1.5%

Turkish

1.0%

Lithuanian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Swedish

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%
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Engineering Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Purdue University

8.1%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

Stanford University

6.1%

Northeastern University

5.7%

University of Southern California

5.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.4%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.3%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

University of Utah

4.0%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

Santa Clara University

3.8%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.7%

Syracuse University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.4%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.7%

Business

18.2%

Mechanical Engineering

14.3%

Computer Science

10.0%

Engineering

4.1%

Computer Engineering

3.7%

Management

3.6%

Civil Engineering

3.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.7%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Project Management

1.9%

Physics

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Marketing

1.5%

Mathematics

1.2%

Aerospace Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.2%

Masters

34.2%

Other

15.5%

Doctorate

5.3%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Engineering Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director-Medical Engineering The Morgridge Institute for Research Inc. Madison, WI Jul 15, 2016 $300,000
Engineering Director Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 09, 2016 $297,577
Engineering Director Apple Inc. Culver City, CA Sep 12, 2015 $277,000 -
$297,000
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 Jun 09, 2015 $264,886
Director, Engineering Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 06, 2015 $264,886
Director of Engineering Ocean Aero Poway, CA Jun 30, 2016 $250,440
Director of Engineering Ocean AERO, Inc. Poway, CA Jan 05, 2015 $250,440
Director-Process Engineering Verizon Business Network Services, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ May 23, 2016 $250,000
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
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 -
$225,000
Director Engineering Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 05, 2016 $175,947 -
$205,000
Director of Engineering Mlslistings Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Apr 14, 2015 $175,790
Director Industrial Engineering Bourns Riverside, CA Nov 23, 2016 $175,188
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 2, Engineering Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 17, 2016 $149,900 -
$171,000
Director, Engineering Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jul 11, 2016 $149,900 -
$171,000
Director of Engineering Infoaxe, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 29, 2015 $149,885
Director, Engineering Ikasystems Corporation Southborough, MA Mar 14, 2016 $148,886 -
$175,219
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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Engineering Director

Average Yearly Salary
$142,000
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$95,000
Min 10%
$142,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Median 50%
$142,000
Median 50%
$210,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does an Engineering Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Director in the United States is $142,183 per year or $68 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $95,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $210,000.

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Top Skills for An Engineering Director

  1. New Product Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Engineering Department
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Focused on new product development with a special emphasis on cycle-time reduction while maintaining high-quality products.
  • Recruited by former manager to implement a project management practice into 28-employee division engineering function and serve as project officer.
  • Re-energized the engineering department and established specific targets that supported budgets and cost plans.
  • Managed all engineering and manufacturing during closure of Brooklyn Park facility during transition to Mexico.
  • Determined the current and future enterprise infrastructure which oversaw the design and implementation of information systems that support the business requirements.

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  4. Delaware
  5. Washington
  6. New York
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