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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

  • $115,110

    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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Manager, Systems Engineering Career Paths

Manager, Systems Engineering
Program Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Program Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Director Of Software Development
Director Technical Development
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Director, Product Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Engineering And Operations Director
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Lead Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Director Of Technology And Services
Vice President Technology Services
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Program Management
Vice President-Program Management
14 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Systems Manager 4.2 years
Systems Director 4.1 years
Top Careers Before Manager, Systems Engineering
Manager 4.3%
Consultant 3.1%
Engineer 2.7%
Top Careers After Manager, Systems Engineering
Consultant 5.5%
Manager 4.6%
Director 4.0%
President 2.9%

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Manager, Systems Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

84.8%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

19.8%

Carrier

12.8%

French

11.6%

Chinese

8.1%

German

7.0%

Japanese

7.0%

Italian

7.0%

Mandarin

5.8%

Russian

4.7%

Korean

3.5%

Hindi

2.3%

Portuguese

1.2%

Esperanto

1.2%

Hungarian

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Malay

1.2%

Serer

1.2%

Cheyenne

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%
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Manager, Systems Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.7%

George Washington University

9.5%

University of Southern California

5.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.3%

Villanova University

5.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.8%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Webster University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

George Mason University

4.5%

Johns Hopkins University

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

University of Texas at Austin

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Stanford University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Electrical Engineering

15.4%

Computer Science

13.4%

Mechanical Engineering

7.1%

Computer Information Systems

5.9%

Management

5.7%

Project Management

4.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Management Information Systems

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Computer Engineering

2.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.6%

Engineering

2.3%

Information Systems

2.3%

Systems Engineering

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Physics

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Masters

34.6%

Other

14.7%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.0%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, System Engineering Velo3D, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Sep 17, 2015 $220,000 -
$230,000
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 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
Systems Engineering Manager Fortinet, Inc. Sunrise, FL Mar 06, 2016 $166,941
Manager, Systems Engineer Audience, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 19, 2016 $163,900
Manager, Systems/Software Engineer Hewlett-Packard Company Sunnyvale, CA Apr 13, 2015 $160,964 -
$182,751
Systems Engineering Manager Dimension Data North America Pleasanton, CA May 17, 2016 $159,806 -
$185,000
Manager, Systems Engineering EMC Corporation Santa Clara, CA Sep 26, 2016 $159,099 -
$178,000
Manager, Control Systems Engineering Valero Energy Corporation Three Rivers, TX Mar 28, 2016 $159,000
Manager-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Alpharetta, GA Oct 26, 2015 $142,059
Systems Engineering Manager PTC Inc. Foxborough, MA Nov 19, 2015 $139,014 -
$150,000
Engineering Manager-Systems CNH Industrial America LLC Burr Ridge, IL Dec 20, 2015 $137,500
Manager-System Engineering Verizon Data Services LLC Irving, TX Aug 03, 2015 $136,100
Manager, Systems Engineering Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 11, 2015 $134,992 -
$155,000
Systems Engineering Manager PTC Inc. Foxborough, MA Sep 16, 2015 $133,900
Systems Engineering Manager Verizon Communications Inc., & All Its Subsidiaries & Affiliates Ridgefield, NJ Jan 07, 2015 $133,256
Manager, Systems Engineer EMC Corporation McLean, VA Jul 03, 2016 $133,099 -
$174,300
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
Program Manager, Research & Development 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
Manager, Systems Engineering Mitel Delaware Inc. Mesa, AZ Sep 01, 2015 $121,200 -
$154,000
Systems Engineering Manager PTC Inc. Needham, MA May 30, 2016 $120,910 -
$145,371

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Top Skills for A Manager, Systems Engineering

  1. Systems Engineering
  2. Computer
  3. Infrastructure
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  • Improved product development process through improved systems engineering, product calibration, software documentation and release and conversion to modular software.
  • Produced requirement analysis, operational concept, and computer architecture and for next generation signal processing collection and processing systems.
  • Developed infrastructure OpEx model and project estimation tools to support application portfolio TCO analysis and resource capacity planning respectively.
  • Resolved complex application problems involving all phases of systems engineering.CUSTOMER SERVICE: Identified, qualified and developed potential new customer opportunities.
  • Perform and Test System Migration from Windows 2000 to Windows XP, Windows 2000 server to Windows 2003 Server.

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