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Become An Engineering Operations Manager

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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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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
Engineering Operations Manager Delphix Corp. San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2016 $175,000
Engineering Operations Manager WWF Operating Company Broomfield, CO Jan 08, 2016 $167,500
Engineering Operations Manager Whitewave Foods Company Broomfield, CO Sep 03, 2015 $167,500
Engineering Operations Manager Universal Alloy Corp Anaheim, CA Mar 26, 2012 $150,000
Body Engineering Operations Manager Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 24, 2015 $140,000 -
$150,000
Senior Engineering OPS Manager Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 07, 2016 $128,502 -
$170,000
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
Manager of Engineering and Operations JAI, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 14, 2014 $125,000
Engineering & Operations Manager Azimuth Industrial Company, Inc. Union City, CA Sep 23, 2014 $120,000
Manager of Engineering Operations The ESAB Group, Inc. Annapolis, MD Sep 16, 2014 $120,000 -
$140,000
Engineering Release Operations Manager Demandware, Inc. Burlington, MA Jul 01, 2015 $116,900
Engineering Support Operations Manager Mercedes-Benz Research &Amp; Development North America, Inc. Redford, MI Sep 15, 2016 $116,813 -
$125,000
Engineering Operations Manager, Medical Components Johnson Matthey, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 08, 2013 $115,981 -
$127,000
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
Engineering OPS Manager Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 22, 2014 $92,352 -
$124,900
Engineering & Operations Manager MCM Houston Tejas Tubular Holding Company, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 14, 2013 $90,000
Engineering Release Operations Manager Demandware, Inc. Burlington, MA Oct 16, 2015 $88,691
Engineering Operations Manager YUDO, Inc. Plain City, OH Oct 01, 2012 $85,000
Engineering Operations Manager Otis Elevator Company New Jersey Nov 15, 2014 $84,594
Engineering Operations Manager Qualcomm Innovation Center Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 09, 2015 $83,300 -
$124,900
Engineering Operations Manager Great Lakes Production Support, LLC MI Jul 09, 2016 $80,850
Business Unit/Industrial Engineering Operations Manager Cosma Casting Michigan, A Division of Dieomatic Incorporated Battle Creek, MI Sep 16, 2016 $80,000 -
$95,000
Engineering Operations Manager Great Lakes Production Support, LLC Mount Clemens, MI Sep 07, 2013 $73,091

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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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