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Working As An Engineering Program 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

  • $121,906

    Average Salary

What Does An Engineering Program 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 Program 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
Program Manager 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 5.0%
Manager 3.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.9%
Manager 2.9%
Director 2.2%

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Engineering Program Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

80.5%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.0%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Asian

12.3%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.9%

French

15.5%

Mandarin

14.5%

Chinese

10.9%

German

8.2%

Italian

4.5%

Cantonese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Russian

2.7%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Thai

1.8%

Greek

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Portuguese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Hindi

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Shan

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%
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Engineering Program Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.2%

George Washington University

9.4%

Michigan State University

6.1%

San Jose State University

6.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.7%

Lawrence Technological University

4.7%

Stanford University

4.4%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.4%

Purdue University

4.4%

Villanova University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.1%

University of Washington

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.5%

Santa Clara University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%
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Majors

Business

24.0%

Mechanical Engineering

14.0%

Electrical Engineering

12.4%

Computer Science

6.8%

Management

6.4%

Project Management

6.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.3%

Engineering

3.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.3%

Civil Engineering

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Systems Engineering

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

40.2%

Bachelors

37.4%

Other

11.9%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

3.1%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Engineering Program Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Engineering Project/Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2014 $200,000 -
$250,000
Program Engineering Manager Northern Tier BP America Inc. Arcadia, CA Aug 01, 2014 $192,000
Principal Program Manager-Skype Engineering or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 01, 2016 $186,180 -
$206,180
Engineering Project/Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2014 $185,000 -
$200,000
Engineering Project/Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 20, 2016 $184,432 -
$191,000
Manager, Engineering Programs 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 25, 2016 $180,000
Engineering Project/Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 27, 2015 $169,220 -
$187,200
Hardware Engineering Program Manager Ryzen Solutions San Jose, CA Oct 09, 2016 $161,743
Engineering Program Manager Latin Media Corporation Miami, FL Oct 28, 2016 $160,888
Program Manager-Vehicle Engineering Tesla Motorsinc Palo Alto, CA May 19, 2016 $159,182
Engineering Program Manager Juniper Networks, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 08, 2016 $159,099 -
$175,000
Program Manager Engineer Brinderson Constructors, Inc. Martinez, CA Sep 16, 2015 $158,875
Engineering Program Manager Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Feb 29, 2016 $156,231 -
$171,900
System Engineering Program Manager Nest Labs, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 01, 2013 $132,000
Engineering Program Manager Medtronic, Inc. Fridley, MN Oct 24, 2016 $130,000
Engineering Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 28, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Engineering Program Manager Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Sep 06, 2014 $129,584 -
$134,600
Engineering Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 31, 2014 $129,126 -
$134,126
Program Manager II-Ad Platform Engineering or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 02, 2015 $129,000 -
$149,000
Engineering Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jan 02, 2016 $128,500
Program Manager 2-Ad Platform Search Engineering or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 26, 2015 $127,712 -
$147,712
Vehicle Program Engineering Manager-Autonomous Technology General Motors Company Warren, MI Sep 19, 2016 $115,008
Engineering Program Manager Telestream, Inc. Nevada City, CA Oct 01, 2013 $115,000
Manufacturing Design Engineer Program Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 30, 2013 $115,000 -
$135,000
Siebel Software Engineer Program Manager Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC Pittsfield, MA Sep 15, 2016 $113,506
Engineering Initiative Program Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 17, 2014 $112,500 -
$153,823
Hardware Engineering Program Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 02, 2015 $112,396
Engineering Program Manager DCR Workforce, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Jan 28, 2016 $112,008
Engineering Program Manager Hewlett-Packard Company Palo Alto, CA Aug 09, 2015 $111,634 -
$179,164

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Top Skills for An Engineering Program Manager

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Program Management
  3. Project Management
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  • Orchestrated all facets of new product development projects for specific customer production solutions and new product family introductions.
  • Program Management responsibilities over a diverse portfolio of tasks assigned to domestic, international and emerging market resources.
  • Transform team to use agile practices for project management Accomplishments Led Development and delivery of Resilient Engineering Bronze Certification program.
  • Worked with planning and program management, standard acquisition regulations, practices and procedures for technical objectives and characteristics.
  • Utilized Quality Functional Deployment (QFD) process to convert a build-to-stock high volume computer manufacturing operation to a build-to-order/JIT operation.

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