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Working As A Manager Of Engineering Department

  • 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

  • $113,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manager Of Engineering Department 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 A Manager Of Engineering Department

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 Careers Before Manager Of Engineering Department
Engineer 8.6%
Internship 4.8%
Manager 4.1%
Supervisor 3.6%
Top Careers After Manager Of Engineering Department
Engineer 4.9%
Manager 4.5%
Consultant 4.3%
Owner 3.8%
President 3.0%

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Manager Of Engineering Department Demographics

Gender

Male

76.9%

Female

13.4%

Unknown

9.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.9%

Mandarin

10.2%

Chinese

8.5%

Japanese

8.5%

Russian

8.5%

French

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Portuguese

3.4%

German

3.4%

Ukrainian

3.4%

Hebrew

1.7%

Persian

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Polish

1.7%
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Manager Of Engineering Department Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.2%

Michigan State University

9.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

8.2%

Purdue University

6.7%

Wayne State University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

North Carolina State University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

University of New Haven

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

Villanova University

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.7%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Mechanical Engineering

15.4%

Electrical Engineering

13.4%

Civil Engineering

10.3%

Engineering

4.3%

Chemical Engineering

3.7%

Computer Science

3.2%

Project Management

3.1%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Industrial Engineering

2.6%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Chemistry

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.5%

Physics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Masters

29.1%

Other

17.0%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$113,000
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$76,000
Min 10%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$113,000
Median 50%
$169,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Activision Blizzard
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Manager Of Engineering Department make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manager Of Engineering Department in the United States is $113,587 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $169,000.

Real Manager Of Engineering Department Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Department Manager, Senior Engineering Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 02, 2015 $294,715
Department Manager, Senior Engineer Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Feb 25, 2013 $282,381
Structural Engineering Department Manager AMEC Oil and Gas, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 02, 2015 $262,573
Department Manager, Senior Engineering Worleyparsons Group, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 21, 2011 $261,193
Structural Engineering Department Manager AMEC Paragon, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 02, 2012 $247,500
Engineering Department Manager Aja Video Systems Inc. Grass Valley, CA Mar 20, 2015 $170,000 -
$200,000
Engineering Department Manager Aja Video Systems Inc. Grass Valley, CA Mar 31, 2015 $170,000 -
$200,000
Department Manager-Component Engineering FIE Robert Bosch LLC Farmington Hills, MI Aug 10, 2015 $121,100
Manager of Ship Engineering Department American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Houston, TX Jun 13, 2012 $120,750
Engineering Department Manager Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 21, 2014 $118,450
Department Manager, Engineer V Power Testing and Energization, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 12, 2015 $115,440
Engineer, Body Department Nextev LLC San Jose, CA Mar 14, 2016 $110,000
Manager, Engineering Department Georgia Hydraulic Cylinder, Inc. Austell, GA Feb 10, 2015 $100,000
Engineering Department Manager Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 21, 2011 $100,000
Department Manager, Spark Ignition Engines FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Feb 01, 2010 $93,000
Engineer, Powertrain Control Department, Powertrain & Regula Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North A Ann Arbor, MI Sep 14, 2016 $92,400
Department Manager, Spark Ignition Engines FEV, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Jan 01, 2010 $91,166
Assistant Manager, Plant Engineering Department Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC (HMMA) Montgomery, AL Jul 10, 2012 $89,232
Maintenance Engineering Department Manager Guyoungtech USA, Inc. Evergreen, AL May 18, 2016 $88,650
Manager-Production Engineering Department Futaba Indiana of America Corp. Vincennes, IN Sep 02, 2014 $82,820
Engineer & Testing Department Manager Atser, LP Houston, TX Sep 22, 2016 $80,000
Engineer & Testing Department Manager Atser, LP Houston, TX Sep 22, 2013 $80,000

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Top Skills for A Manager Of Engineering Department

  1. Engineering Department
  2. CAD
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Integrated the engineering department with operations, maintenance and safety resulting in a harmonious relationship focused on high performance results.
  • Trained staff members and provided mentoring on AutoCAD designing/drafting techniques.
  • Provide advanced level technical support, mentors and train less experienced personnel to increase overall efficiency of department.
  • Directed the Stamping Facility Innovation Project resulting in improved, automated overhead storage systems for automotive body-side panels.
  • Advanced through positions of increased accountability for Project Management based on consistently exceeding goals and expectations.

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