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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

  • $118,893

    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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Engineering Manager Career Paths

Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Engineer
Senior Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
General Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Product Marketing Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Director Of Product Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Engineer 6.4%
Manager 4.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.2%
Manager 3.8%
Director 3.3%
Owner 3.0%

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Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

89.6%

Female

7.7%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

76.7%

Asian

10.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

German

10.9%

French

9.7%

Chinese

8.0%

Carrier

7.0%

Mandarin

5.2%

Japanese

5.2%

Russian

3.2%

Portuguese

3.0%

Italian

2.5%

Cantonese

1.7%

Korean

1.5%

Turkish

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Thai

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Romanian

0.5%
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Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.1%

Purdue University

9.9%

Pennsylvania State University

7.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.2%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.9%

George Washington University

3.8%

Iowa State University

3.8%

University of Houston

3.7%

Auburn University

3.5%

Santa Clara University

3.4%

University of Washington

3.3%

Southern Methodist University

3.3%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

20.2%

Business

19.4%

Electrical Engineering

15.0%

Computer Science

5.9%

Management

4.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Engineering

3.7%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Civil Engineering

2.9%

Industrial Engineering

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Project Management

2.4%

Finance

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Computer Engineering

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Masters

33.1%

Other

14.0%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.9%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.0%
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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
Engineering Manager Autel Robotics USA LLC San Ramon, CA Nov 15, 2016 $300,000 -
$400,000
Manager, Radar Engineering 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 Toyota Research Institute Inc. Cambridge, MA Nov 04, 2016 $250,000 -
$300,000
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Nov 04, 2016 $250,000
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 Sep 08, 2016 $235,912
Engineering Manager Facebook, Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 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
Architectural and Engineering Managers Audacy Corporation Palo Alto, CA Sep 15, 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 12, 2016 $159,182
Architectural and Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 14, 2016 $159,182
Engineering Manager Cisco Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 15, 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 09, 2016 $134,500
Manager, Engineering Tibco Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 08, 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

NewProductDevelopmentFacilityProjectManagementSafetyCADProductLineRCostReductionISOProcessImprovementsContinuousImprovementDirectReportsTechnicalSupportProductDesignSigmaEngineeringGroupAdditionalEngineeringStaffOEMCostSavings

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Facility
  3. Project Management
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  • Led new product development initiatives utilizing Solid Works.
  • Worked with Regional HR manager's to install a train the trainer program in the Greenwich facility.
  • Project Management for network expansion and reconfiguration processes of TLD's network
  • Ensured compliance with safety policies and procedures, regulations, and adherence to federal, state, and local laws.
  • Implemented new CAD system and upgraded equipment responsiveness.

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