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Working As An Engineering Operations 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

  • $144,770

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Operations 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 Operations 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 Operations Manager Career Paths

Engineering Operations Manager
Program Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Director Of Quality
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Sales Consultant
National Sales Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Area Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Product Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Director President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Global Director
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Manufacturing Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Section Manager 4.3 years
Operations Manager 4.1 years
Operations Officer 3.2 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 4.1%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.9%
Manager 3.8%
Engineer 2.4%

Engineering Operations Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

88.4%

Female

9.5%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.8%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.2%

French

15.9%

Arabic

6.8%

Italian

6.8%

Swahili

2.3%

Portuguese

2.3%

Indonesian

2.3%

German

2.3%

Romanian

2.3%

Dutch

2.3%

Cherokee

2.3%

Greek

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Russian

2.3%

Lingala

2.3%

Korean

2.3%
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Engineering Operations Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Purdue University

7.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

6.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.2%

University of Iowa

4.1%

Community College of the Air Force

4.1%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.1%

Regis University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

University of Arizona

4.1%

West Virginia University

4.1%

University of Denver

4.1%

University of Connecticut

3.1%

Central Texas College

3.1%

University of Kentucky

3.1%

Southern Methodist University

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

27.7%

Electrical Engineering

14.6%

Mechanical Engineering

9.4%

Computer Science

5.2%

Industrial Engineering

4.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.0%

Civil Engineering

3.5%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Project Management

3.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.2%

Engineering

3.2%

Management

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.0%

Education

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.5%

Masters

30.7%

Other

18.1%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Engineering Operations Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Petroleum Engineer-Operations Manager Venoco, Inc. Carpinteria, CA Mar 28, 2016 $247,578
Operational Engineering Manager Container Fabrication MacHinery, LLC Stockton, CA Aug 24, 2014 $220,000
Operational Engineering Manager Container Fabrication MacHinery, LLC Stockton, CA Aug 05, 2015 $220,000
Operations Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 05, 2014 $180,000 -
$200,000
Operations and Engineering Manager Managed Pressure Operations, LLC Houston, TX Jan 17, 2014 $180,000
Operations Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 08, 2014 $180,000 -
$200,000
Engineering Operations Manager Delphix Corp. San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2016 $175,000
Engineering Operations Manager Whitewave Foods Company Broomfield, CO Sep 03, 2015 $167,500
Engineering Operations Manager WWF Operating Company Broomfield, CO Jan 08, 2016 $167,500
Operations Engineering Manager Apple Inc. Coral Gables, FL Jan 11, 2016 $160,888 -
$165,888
Manager Operations Engineer Western Dental Services, Inc. Orange, CA May 01, 2012 $157,000
Operations ENG Prog MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 09, 2016 $155,542 -
$168,200
Operations Engineering Manager Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. Irving, TX Apr 12, 2010 $153,000
Manager Real-Time Operations Engineering Peak Reliability Loveland, CO Jan 09, 2016 $152,337
Operations ENG Prog MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 26, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
Operations and Engineering Manager Managed Pressure Operations, LLC Houston, TX Jan 17, 2011 $130,000
Operation Engineer Manager Upwork, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 10, 2015 $130,000
Engineering Operations Manager, Medical Components Johnson Matthey Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 18, 2014 $126,542
Engineering Operations Manager Sanjel (USA) Inc. Cibolo, TX Sep 08, 2015 $126,000
Operations ENG Prog MGR 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2015 $125,965 -
$164,900
Manager of Engineering and Operations JAI, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 14, 2014 $125,000
Operating Manager, Software Engineering Keysight Technologies, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Oct 01, 2014 $124,571 -
$124,764
Operations ENG Prog MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 15, 2016 $114,650 -
$168,200
Operations ENG Prog MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 06, 2016 $113,277 -
$128,000
Manager, Service Engineering & Operations Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 05, 2011 $112,861 -
$135,300
Regional Engineering Manager of Rail Operations Plains All American GP LLC Houston, TX Sep 03, 2015 $112,195 -
$139,100
Regional Engineering Manager of Rail Operations Plains All American GP LLC Houston, TX Nov 12, 2015 $112,195 -
$139,100
Operations Manager/Engineer Proform Industries, Ltd. Muskogee, OK Aug 10, 2009 $110,000
Manager 1, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Herndon, VA Oct 01, 2013 $106,800 -
$120,000
Manager 1, Engineering Operations Comcast Cable Communications, LLC Herndon, VA Mar 06, 2012 $103,008

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Top Skills for An Engineering Operations Manager

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Top Engineering Operations Manager Skills

  1. New Facility
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared functional, design specifications to implement solutions and operational procedures for production operation.
  • Directed the documentation of safety and procedure manuals throughout the plant and warehouse, standardizing processes and improving facility safety.
  • Managed over $26 million in capital spending to implement facility improvements, equipment designs, and process improvements.
  • Project Management and synchronization of multiple additions and expansions of existing Hubs and Headends.
  • Developed budgets and financial analysis for acquisitions, decommission, and greenfield developments.

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