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Working As A Product 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

  • $106,048

    Average Salary

What Does A Product 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 Product 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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Product Engineering Manager Career Paths

Product Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
General Manager Area Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Sales Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Engineering Manager
Product Line Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Product Development Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Senior Director Of Engineering
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Product Management Director
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.6 years
Product Manager 3.4 years
Product Lead 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 2.7%
Top Employers After
Director 3.6%
Manager 2.4%

Product Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

87.3%

Female

9.6%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

74.6%

Asian

12.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.3%

Chinese

14.7%

Japanese

14.7%

French

8.8%

Mandarin

8.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

German

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Korean

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Product Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Southern Methodist University

7.1%

Purdue University

7.1%

Michigan State University

5.5%

University of Dayton

5.5%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Stanford University

4.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.7%

Kettering University

4.7%

Lawrence Technological University

4.7%

Northeastern University

4.7%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.7%

North Carolina State University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

University of Toledo

3.9%

George Washington University

3.9%

Case Western Reserve University

3.9%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

22.3%

Electrical Engineering

18.9%

Business

18.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.3%

Management

3.7%

Computer Science

3.7%

Engineering

3.2%

Industrial Engineering

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Project Management

2.6%

Chemical Engineering

2.4%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%

Marketing

1.4%

Graphic Design

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.7%

Masters

38.1%

Other

9.4%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

2.5%

Associate

2.1%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Product Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Lifecycle Engineer/Mgr Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 17, 2016 $175,653 -
$187,956
Product Engineering Manager Dropbox, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2015 $164,403
Manager II, Product Engineering Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 04, 2015 $163,650
Engineering Product Manager Radius Intelligence Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 21, 2014 $160,000
Product Manager, Engineering Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2016 $159,319 -
$185,000
Product Lifecycle Engineer 4 (SR. Product Manager) Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 11, 2013 $158,371 -
$181,438
Product Lifecycle Engineer 4 (SR. Product Manager) Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 11, 2013 $158,371 -
$181,438
Product Lifecycle Engineer-Manager Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 02, 2015 $157,644 -
$187,956
Product Engineering Manager Doordash, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 28, 2016 $155,000
Manager, Product Excellence Engineering Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 17, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Product Engineering Manager Texas Instruments Incorporated Santa Clara, CA May 08, 2015 $154,107
Product Engineering Manager (Hardware Engineering) Panasonic Avionics Corporation Lake Forest, CA Oct 20, 2014 $150,218
Engineering Product Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 06, 2016 $150,000
Manager, Product Engineer Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Feb 25, 2016 $150,000 -
$170,000
Product Engineering Manager Kerr Corporation Orange, CA Apr 01, 2016 $126,298 -
$132,700
Engineering Manager, Cryogenic Product Development Applied CRYO Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 24, 2014 $125,000
Engineering Manager, Cryogenic Product Development Applied CRYO Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 27, 2015 $125,000
Manager Product Engineering (CVT Development) Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 01, 2015 $124,626
Engineering Manager-Valve Products Bray International, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 30, 2015 $124,030
Product Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 23, 2014 $124,030
Energy Analysis Engineer-Product Manager Sustaina Autodesk, Inc. Waltham, MA Nov 15, 2013 $122,242 -
$200,300
Product Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 31, 2013 $120,845
Product Manager/Engineer Aetna Life Insurance Company Santa Clara, CA Aug 24, 2016 $109,250
Product Engineering Manager Honeywell International, Inc. Torrance, CA Mar 10, 2014 $109,100
Product Engineering Manager Honeywell International Inc. Torrance, CA Apr 15, 2013 $109,100
Product Engineering Manager Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jan 17, 2014 $109,000 -
$119,000
Engineering Manager-Product Support Primatics Financial, LLC McLean, VA Jan 15, 2016 $108,784 -
$128,252
Product Engineer Manager ICU Medical, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Sep 23, 2013 $108,449
Product Engineer (Technical Program Manager) Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Feb 09, 2016 $108,386
Global Fiber Product Engineering Manager Albany International Saint Stephen, SC Feb 27, 2015 $108,014

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Top Skills for A Product Engineering Manager

ProductEngineeringNewProductDevelopmentProductLineCostReductionProductDesignProjectManagementISOSupplierCADNewProductIntroductionEngineeringGroupRDirectReportsBOMOEMLabEngineeringDepartmentCostSavingsTechnicalSupportFmea

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Top Product Engineering Manager Skills

  1. Product Engineering
  2. New Product Development
  3. Product Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Direct all facets of product engineering, including defining technology road maps, capability development, product development, and execution.
  • Double the company revenue through new product development and business development during four years span.
  • Managed a team of Design Engineers and lead their support of additional core product lines.
  • Trained all field installers, resulting in a field installation time cost reduction of approximately 25%.
  • Decreased scrap and warranty costs by product design and manufacturing process improvements.

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