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Working As An Engineering Manager

  • 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

  • $120,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Manager 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 Manager

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 Manager
Engineer 6.8%
Manager 4.0%
Top Careers After Engineering Manager
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 4.2%
Director 3.4%
Owner 3.3%

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Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

85.3%

Unknown

7.4%

Female

7.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

10.4%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4%

German

10.3%

French

9.9%

Chinese

7.8%

Carrier

6.2%

Mandarin

5.6%

Japanese

5.3%

Russian

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Cantonese

1.6%

Korean

1.4%

Arabic

1.2%

Hindi

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Turkish

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Swedish

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Greek

0.6%
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Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.8%

Purdue University

9.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

Northeastern University

5.8%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

Arizona State University

4.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

University of Houston

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Michigan Technological University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.5%

George Washington University

3.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.4%

Oklahoma State University

3.3%

University of Florida

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

20.1%

Business

19.2%

Electrical Engineering

15.0%

Computer Science

6.0%

Management

4.1%

Engineering

4.0%

Civil Engineering

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.9%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Project Management

2.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.5%

Physics

1.3%

Marketing

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Masters

32.1%

Other

13.2%

Associate

4.9%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$85,000
Min 10%
$120,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Median 50%
$120,000
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$120,000
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$170,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Los Gatos, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does an Engineering Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Engineering Manager in the United States is $120,441 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $85,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $170,000.

Real Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering Manager Netflix Los Gatos, CA Nov 19, 2015 $370,200
Engineering Manager Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 09, 2015 $322,421
Manager, Radar Engineering Autel Robotics USA LLC San Ramon, CA Nov 15, 2016 $300,000 -
$400,000
Engineering Manager Autel Robotics USA LLC San Ramon, CA Nov 15, 2016 $300,000 -
$400,000
Osmr Engineering Manager LNG Management Services LLC Houston, TX May 01, 2015 $295,000
Engineering Manager Netflix Los Gatos, CA Jul 20, 2015 $270,000
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA May 09, 2016 $260,647
Engineering Manager Apache Corporation Houston, TX Sep 28, 2015 $258,320
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Nov 04, 2016 $250,000
Engineering Manager Toyota Research Institute Inc. Cambridge, MA Nov 04, 2016 $250,000 -
$300,000
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Feb 15, 2016 $245,695
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Nov 04, 2016 $239,797
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $235,912
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2016 $235,912
Engineering Manager Revitas, Inc. Newark, CA Jan 06, 2016 $159,806
Engineering Manager Intel Mobile Communications, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 15, 2015 $159,720 -
$171,300
Manager, Engineering Panasonic Avionics Corporation Lake Forest, CA Apr 17, 2015 $159,224
Engineering Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 15, 2016 $159,182
Architectural and Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 12, 2016 $159,182
Engineering Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 04, 2016 $159,182 -
$185,000
Architectural and Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2016 $159,182
Architectural and Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 14, 2016 $159,182
Engineer (Program Manager) Flextronics International USA, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 08, 2016 $134,551
Manager, Engineering Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 08, 2016 $134,500
Manager, Engineering Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 09, 2016 $134,500
RF Engineering Manager Amdocs, Inc. Herndon, VA Feb 03, 2016 $134,470
Engineering Manager Mozilla Corporation Mountain View, CA Jul 19, 2015 $134,266
Engineering Manager Appnexus, Inc. New York, NY Aug 19, 2016 $133,900
Manager Structural Engineering Noble Drilling Services, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Aug 27, 2015 $133,765 -
$171,824
Manager-Regulatory Engineering Kohler Co. Kohler, WI Aug 16, 2016 $133,765

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Top Skills for An Engineering Manager

  1. Engineering Department
  2. New Product Development
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led and managed 24-person Engineering Department that marketed and designed programmable industrial controls to manage multiple factory floor processes.
  • Directed new product developmental programs to meet customer's specific applications.
  • Planned, scheduled and coordinated releases with project management, quality assurance, software development and operations to assure seamless installations.
  • Developed all required test equipment and manufacturing documentation to transition the product to the volume manufacturing facility.
  • Supervised identification and implementation of process improvements for in-house manufacturing leading to 30% reduction in scrap, rework and repair.

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