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Working As An Engineering 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

  • $147,000

    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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Engineering Director Career Paths

Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Director
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Technical Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Product Development
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Director Program Management
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Director
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Research And Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
President And General Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Project Management
Vice President-Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Director Program Management
Vice President-Program Management
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering And Operations Director
12 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Director Of Sales & Business Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Director, Technical Operations
Vice President Of Technical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Product Management Director
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Area Director
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Environmental Services Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Chief Technologist
7 Yearsyrs
Director, Hardware Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Quality & Engineering
14 Yearsyrs
Director, Network Operations
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Director, Managing Consultant
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
Solutions Director
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Hardware Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Engineering Director
Engineer 5.3%
Manager 4.4%
Director 2.8%
Top Careers After Engineering Director
Consultant 6.8%
Director 4.4%
President 3.9%
Owner 3.6%
Principal 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$147,000
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$103,000
Min 10%
$147,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Median 50%
$147,000
Median 50%
$209,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does an Engineering Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Director in the United States is $147,150 per year or $71 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $103,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $209,000.

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 Jun 01, 2015 $175,000
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, Engineering Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jul 11, 2016 $149,900 -
$171,000
Director 2, Engineering Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Philadelphia, PA Oct 17, 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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Top Skills for An Engineering Director

  1. New Product Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Engineering Support
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.
  • Authored Project Engineering Quality Manual standardizing project management policies and procedures resulting in reduced project schedules and uniform project execution.
  • Provided Quality Engineering support for Production and Development activities during development of companies first ever integrated instrument and assay product.
  • Determined the current and future enterprise infrastructure which oversaw the design and implementation of information systems that support the business requirements.
  • Provide leadership and perception in establishing system and component level architecture to ensure design requirements are achieved.

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Engineering Director Demographics

Gender

Male

86.6%

Unknown

7.8%

Female

5.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.1%

French

12.8%

German

10.6%

Chinese

8.8%

Mandarin

6.6%

Japanese

5.3%

Carrier

4.4%

Italian

3.5%

Korean

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Russian

2.6%

Portuguese

2.2%

Cantonese

1.8%

Dutch

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Turkish

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Lithuanian

0.9%

Swedish

0.4%

Telugu

0.4%
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Engineering Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Purdue University

8.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.7%

Stanford University

6.0%

University of Southern California

5.5%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.6%

University of California - Berkeley

4.4%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

New York University

3.6%

University of Utah

3.6%

San Jose State University

3.6%

Oklahoma State University

3.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Electrical Engineering

18.1%

Mechanical Engineering

14.8%

Computer Science

10.0%

Engineering

4.6%

Civil Engineering

3.9%

Management

3.6%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Project Management

1.8%

Physics

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.3%

Masters

33.5%

Other

15.4%

Doctorate

5.3%

Associate

3.6%

Certificate

2.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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