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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

  • $124,675

    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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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.2%
Manager 4.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.6%
Manager 4.1%
Engineer 3.2%
Owner 2.4%

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Engineering Operations Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

88.7%

Female

9.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.0%

French

12.0%

German

8.0%

Arabic

6.0%

Italian

6.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Indonesian

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Dutch

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Cherokee

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Thai

2.0%

Cebuano

2.0%
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Engineering Operations Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

Purdue University

7.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.7%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Eastern Michigan University

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

Clemson University

4.0%

Missouri University of Science and Technology

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Texas Tech University

3.3%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.3%

University of Iowa

3.3%

Old Dominion University

3.3%

University of Connecticut

3.3%
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Majors

Business

26.8%

Electrical Engineering

12.6%

Mechanical Engineering

12.3%

Industrial Engineering

5.0%

Computer Science

4.4%

Management

4.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.5%

Project Management

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

3.3%

Engineering

3.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Civil Engineering

2.4%

Finance

2.3%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Petroleum Engineering

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Masters

31.5%

Other

17.8%

Associate

6.0%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

1.4%
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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 and Engineering Manager Managed Pressure Operations, LLC Houston, TX Jan 17, 2011 $130,000
Operations ENG Prog MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 26, 2016 $130,000 -
$150,000
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 Nov 12, 2015 $112,195 -
$139,100
Regional Engineering Manager of Rail Operations Plains All American GP LLC Houston, TX Sep 03, 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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  1. Facility
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety
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  • Designed facility capable of 20 MMCFD with separation, dehydration, refrigeration, compression and measurement capabilities.
  • Managed a technical engineering team in developing installation/operation procedures, deployment, network operations center, and 24x7 customer support.
  • Directed the documentation of safety and procedure manuals throughout the plant and warehouse, standardizing processes and improving facility safety.
  • Organized and coordinated engineering department tasks including design, manufacture and testing of electronic components, products and systems.
  • Developed and implemented process improvements to increase operational efficiency, leveraging standards and best practices such as ITIL.

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