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Become A Manager, Systems Engineering

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Working As A Manager, Systems Engineering

  • 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 A Manager, Systems Engineering 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, Systems Engineering

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 Manager, Systems Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, System Engineering Velo3D, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 17, 2015 $220,000 -
$230,000
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Apr 06, 2015 $190,000 -
$220,000
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 17, 2016 $190,000 -
$210,000
Manager of Site Reliability and Systems Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. Austin, TX Jul 25, 2016 $185,000 -
$215,000
Manager Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Sunnyvale, CA Feb 18, 2016 $182,751
Manager, Systems Engineering EMC Corporation Newton, MA Oct 10, 2014 $179,067
Manager of Site Reliability and Systems Engineer Bigcommerce, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2015 $175,000 -
$190,000
Manager, Systems Engineer EMC Corporation McLean, VA Jan 13, 2016 $174,533
Manager, Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Marina del Rey, CA Mar 10, 2016 $173,946 -
$175,000
Manager, Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company Sunnyvale, CA Aug 25, 2016 $172,238 -
$187,555
Manager, Systems Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Apr 22, 2016 $169,791 -
$271,000
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Veritas Technologies LLC Culver City, CA Aug 10, 2015 $169,400
Senior Manager, Systems Engineering Symantec Corporation Culver City, CA Sep 02, 2015 $169,400
Manager, Systems Engineering/Manufacturing Technology Otis Elevator Company Bloomfield, CT Nov 14, 2014 $168,917
VP; Technology Manager-Systems Engineer Bank of America N.A. New York, NY Apr 10, 2016 $143,749 -
$163,000
VP; Technology Manager-Systems Engineer Merrill Lynch New York, NY Nov 15, 2015 $143,084 -
$163,084
Manager-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Alpharetta, GA Oct 26, 2015 $142,059
Manager System Engineering Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. Redwood City, CA Oct 09, 2014 $140,000
Manager System Engineering Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. Redwood City, CA Sep 10, 2014 $140,000
VP; Tech MGR-Systems Engineering Bank of America N.A. Charlotte, NC Jan 27, 2014 $140,000 -
$160,000
VP; Technical Manager-Systems Engineering Bank of America Addison, TX Feb 12, 2015 $140,000
Manager-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 03, 2015 $136,100
Manager-Systems Engineering Cellco Partnership Warren, NJ Oct 20, 2016 $125,336
VP; Team Manager-Systems Engineer Merrill Lynch Pennington, NJ Apr 21, 2016 $125,000 -
$145,000
Staff/Manager Systems Engineer Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 21, 2015 $124,966 -
$154,900
Project Manager, Systems Engineering Avinger, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 01, 2016 $124,573
Manager-Systems Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Temple Terrace, FL May 05, 2016 $122,573
Program Manager, Research and Design Systems Engineering Volcano Corporation Rancho Cordova, CA Sep 01, 2015 $122,412
Manager II, Systems Engineer Samsung Electronics America, Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 22, 2015 $122,000 -
$134,000

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Top Skills for A Manager, Systems Engineering

SystemsEngineeringHardwareNetworkInfrastructureCustomerServiceWindowsServerProceduresProjectManagementArchitectureDataCentersStorageSQLServerWebProposalWindowsNewTechnologiesVmwareDisasterRecoveryDesktopAssuranceTechnicalSupportActiveDirectory

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Top Manager, Systems Engineering Skills

  1. Systems Engineering
  2. Hardware
  3. Network Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led systems engineering function reporting to Program director on a highly critical product development program.
  • Managed hardware and software engineering functions via dotted line structure to ensure fast track development and release of product.
  • Design Wide Area Network Infrastructure and circuit redundancy to support Terminal Server in an ISO 9000-register company.
  • Assist and overview development of marketing technical data and customer service approach.
  • Team Lead on multiple installs with Windows Server 2008 Standard/ Enterprise and VMware ESX Server running Windows 2008 Server instances.

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