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Working As A Mechanical Engineering Director

  • 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

  • $114,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Engineering Director 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 Mechanical Engineering Director

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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Top Careers Before Mechanical Engineering Director
Engineer 3.9%
Manager 2.8%
Top Careers After Mechanical Engineering Director
President 4.6%
Instructor 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$114,000
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$77,000
Min 10%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Median 50%
$168,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
GHSP
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Mechanical Engineering Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Mechanical Engineering Director in the United States is $114,466 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $77,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $168,000.

Real Mechanical Engineering Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mechanical Director-Cardiovascular Intensive Car Spectrum Health Hospitals Grand Rapids, MI Apr 01, 2011 $525,000
Mechanical Director Cupey Bowling & Entertainment Center San Juan, PR Oct 01, 2010 $480,000
Director of Mechanical Engineering The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. Shaker Heights, OH Sep 26, 2014 $177,864
Director, Mechanical Engineering Rethink Robotics, Inc. Boston, MA Jan 11, 2016 $160,000 -
$170,000
Mechanical Engineer (Director of Design Systems) North Technology Group, LLC. Milford, CT Apr 18, 2011 $158,000
Director, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Kerr Corporation Orange, CA Sep 15, 2016 $155,106
Director Mechanical Engineering Audubon Engineering Solutions, LLC Houston, TX Dec 21, 2009 $145,000
Director, Mechanical Engineering Advanced Bionics LLC Santa Clarita, CA Oct 01, 2010 $140,000 -
$165,000
Mechanical Engineer (Director of Design Systems) North Technology Group, LLC. Bend, OR Sep 06, 2013 $120,000 -
$158,000
Mechanical Engineer (Director of Design Systems) North Technology Group, LLC. San Francisco, CA Aug 05, 2013 $110,261 -
$158,000
Mechanical Engineer (Director of Design Systems) North Technology Group, LLC. San Francisco, CA Aug 07, 2013 $110,261 -
$158,000
Mechanical Engineer (Director of Design Systems) North Technology Group, LLC. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2013 $110,261 -
$158,000
Director of Mechanical Engineering Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. Ypsilanti, MI Sep 16, 2012 $70,000
Mechanical Engineer, Assistant DIR. Aircraft ENG Miami Tech Aircraft Maintenance Inc. Miami, FL Nov 22, 2016 $52,175

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Engineering Director

  1. Mechanical Design
  2. New Product Development
  3. Engineering Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Planned and directed all aspects of engineering activities within the structural/mechanical design organization.
  • Directed "Next Generation" Product Development of Scanners and the mechanical engineering support for Sensor Development.
  • Led an organization of 25 technologists including managers, engineers, CAD designers and machine tool operators.
  • Lead mechanical design, prototype fabrication and engineering documentation for high-volume, consumer-electronics components and systems.
  • Managed mechanical engineering, test and measurement, production engineering, maintenance and continuous improvement for engineering departments.

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Top 10 Best States for Mechanical Engineering Directors

  1. Colorado
  2. New Hampshire
  3. California
  4. Texas
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Washington
  7. Delaware
  8. Virginia
  9. New Mexico
  10. New York
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Mechanical Engineering Director Demographics

Gender

Male

80.7%

Unknown

10.4%

Female

8.9%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Asian

12.7%

Black or African American

8.6%

Unknown

6.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Japanese

30.0%

Spanish

20.0%

German

10.0%

French

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Russian

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%
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Mechanical Engineering Director Education

Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago

9.3%

Ohio State University

7.0%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

7.0%

Lehigh University

7.0%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

7.0%

University of Florida

4.7%

Ohio University -

4.7%

Loyola University of Chicago

4.7%

Villanova University

4.7%

University of New Hampshire

4.7%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

4.7%

Thomas More College

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

University of California - Davis

4.7%

Auburn University

4.7%

University of Maine

4.7%

Tufts University

4.7%

Trine University

2.3%

Washington University in Saint Louis

2.3%

Miami University

2.3%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

60.9%

Business

5.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.9%

Engineering

3.9%

Management

3.1%

Computer Science

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.6%

Engineering Mechanics

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Finance

1.6%

Materials Sciences

1.6%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.6%

Education

1.6%

International Business

0.8%

Political Science

0.8%

Metallurgical Engineering

0.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.0%

Masters

30.5%

Other

12.6%

Doctorate

7.9%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

0.7%
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