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Working As A Mechanical Engineering 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

  • $102,990

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Engineering 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 A Mechanical Engineering 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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Mechanical Engineering Manager Career Paths

Mechanical Engineering Manager
Project Engineering Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Plant Manager
Director Of Continuous Improvement
14 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Senior Project Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Application Engineer Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Engineer Senior Product Engineer
Product Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Process Engineer Product Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Program Management Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Senior Director Of Engineering
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.2%
Owner 2.2%

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Mechanical Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

90.3%

Female

5.9%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

11.9%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

13.7%

German

13.7%

French

13.7%

Spanish

13.7%

Carrier

11.8%

Italian

5.9%

Russian

3.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Portuguese

2.0%

Finnish

2.0%

Greek

2.0%

Persian

2.0%

Albanian

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Danish

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Mechanical Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

10.9%

Purdue University

8.3%

George Washington University

6.4%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

6.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

5.8%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.8%

San Jose State University

5.1%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

5.1%

Iowa State University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

University of Utah

4.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Southern Methodist University

3.8%

Stanford University

3.8%

University of Phoenix

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Western Michigan University

3.2%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.2%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

56.8%

Business

11.3%

Engineering

4.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.4%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Drafting And Design

3.0%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.4%

Aerospace Engineering

1.4%

Industrial Technology

1.2%

Finance

1.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.1%

Pharmacy

0.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

0.6%

Physics

0.6%

Education

0.6%

Systems Engineering

0.5%

Agricultural Engineering

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Masters

26.8%

Other

12.3%

Associate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.2%

Certificate

1.6%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Mechanical Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Mechanical Engineering Clover Network, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 11, 2014 $175,000
Manager, Mechanical Engineering Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 26, 2015 $150,670
Mechanical Engineering Manager Outset Medical, Inc. San Jose, CA May 10, 2016 $150,000
Mech Quality Engineer Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 20, 2014 $141,750 -
$161,750
Manager, Mechanical Engineering (Externals) Advanced Bionics Santa Clarita, CA Jan 15, 2016 $135,762
Mechanical Engineering Manager G&H Precision, Inc. CA Jan 28, 2016 $135,762
Manager, Mechanical Engineering (Implant Design) Advanced Bionics Santa Clarita, CA Feb 22, 2016 $135,762
Manager, Mechanical Engineering (Externals) Advanced Bionics LLC Santa Clarita, CA Aug 18, 2014 $135,762
Mechanical Engineering Manager Felsomat USA, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Jul 05, 2011 $135,000 -
$155,000
Mechanical Engineering Manager Felsomat USA, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Mar 15, 2013 $135,000 -
$165,000
EUV Mechanical Engineering Manager Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Dec 26, 2016 $132,558 -
$182,600
Mech Quality Engr MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 10, 2016 $132,454 -
$173,056
Manager, Mechanical Engineering (Implant Design) Advanced Bionics LLC Santa Clarita, CA Nov 09, 2016 $132,288 -
$136,000
Mechanical Engineering Project Manager Cementation USA, Inc. Sandy, UT Dec 14, 2016 $116,792 -
$120,000
Mech Quality Engr MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2014 $105,726 -
$129,900
Mechanical Engineer (Engineering Manager) Paterson & Cooke Ltd. Denver, CO Dec 14, 2009 $103,100 -
$120,000
Mechanical Engineer, QPS Manager Ricon Corporation CA Oct 01, 2012 $100,000
Mechanical Engineering Project Manager Yale America, Inc. LaGrange, GA Jun 01, 2012 $100,000
Manager Mechanical Engineering I Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Sep 15, 2013 $99,396
Mechanical Engineering Manager Off-Highway Engineering Inc. Hampton, VA Oct 01, 2011 $98,800
Mechanical Engineering Manager Larsen & Toubro Technology Services Ltd San Jose, CA May 06, 2015 $91,749
Manager Jc50-Mechanical Engineers Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Southfield, MI May 08, 2016 $90,896
Manager Mechanical Engineering 1 Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Sep 15, 2010 $90,300
Manager Mechanical Engineering Union Pacific Railroad Omaha, NE Sep 15, 2010 $90,300
Mechanical Engineer/Engineering Manager Gosiger Inc. Plymouth, MI Sep 25, 2012 $90,251 -
$100,000
Mechanical Engineer Manager B & W Global Partners, LLC Troy, MI Oct 01, 2009 $90,000 -
$115,000
Mechanical Engineering Manager Haider Engineering, P. C. Farmingdale, NY Nov 10, 2016 $89,024
Mechanical Engineering Manager Larsen & Toubro Technology Services Ltd Bohemia, NY Aug 29, 2014 $88,200

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Top Skills for A Mechanical Engineering Manager

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  1. New Product Development
  2. Engineering Department
  3. CAD
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  • Managed new product development and capital expense projects to include machining and design for robotic inspection equipment for hazardous environments.
  • Managed a mechanical engineering department consisting of eight mechanical engineers and designers and three hydraulic designers.
  • Upgraded the technical capabilities in areas including acoustics measurement technology, CAD and finite element analysis.
  • Write test plans based on design requirements, technical specifications, and product proposals.
  • Performed hybrid microelectronics design and project management for airborne and undersea applications.

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