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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

  • $120,520

    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
Chief Engineer Engineering Program Manager
Account And Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Product Line Manager Business Unit Manager
Business Unit Director
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Manufacturing Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality & Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineering Manager Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Director, Product Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Engineering And Operations Director
11 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Global Engineering Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Engineering Manager Senior Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
New Product Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Process Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mechanical Engineering Manager Manufacturing Engineering Manager
Product Introduction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Product Line Manager
Senior Product Line Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Quality Manager
Supplier Quality Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Plant Manager
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Operations Vice President
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Product Engineer 3.5 years
Top Careers Before Product Engineering Manager
Manager 3.4%
Engineer 3.0%
Top Careers After Product Engineering Manager
Director 3.7%
Consultant 3.5%
Manager 3.5%

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Product Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

87.4%

Female

9.3%

Unknown

3.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

13.0%

Black or African American

8.9%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.0%

Chinese

14.3%

Japanese

11.1%

Mandarin

11.1%

Cantonese

7.9%

French

6.3%

Portuguese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Urdu

1.6%

Finnish

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Korean

1.6%

Russian

1.6%
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Product Engineering Manager Education

Schools

Purdue University

9.4%

University of Phoenix

7.4%

Southern Methodist University

6.4%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

San Jose State University

5.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.4%

Arizona State University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.9%

North Carolina State University

4.4%

Stanford University

4.4%

University of Dayton

4.4%

Syracuse University

3.9%

Kettering University

3.9%

University of Toledo

3.9%

Auburn University

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

University of California - Berkeley

3.4%

Santa Clara University

3.4%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

21.4%

Business

20.0%

Electrical Engineering

17.0%

Computer Science

5.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.9%

Management

3.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Engineering

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Graphic Design

1.3%

Engineering Technology

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

37.4%

Other

9.6%

Associate

2.6%

Doctorate

2.5%

Certificate

2.0%

Diploma

0.6%
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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 Apr 11, 2013 $158,371 -
$181,438
Product Lifecycle Engineer 4 (SR. Product Manager) Silver Spring Networks, Inc. Redwood City, CA May 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
Product Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 23, 2014 $124,030
Engineering Manager-Valve Products Bray International, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 30, 2015 $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 Apr 15, 2013 $109,100
Product Engineering Manager Honeywell International, Inc. Torrance, CA Mar 10, 2014 $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

  1. New Product Development
  2. Engineering Department
  3. Cost Savings
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  • Manage and execute multiple existing and new product development projects simultaneously from concept through design, development, documentation and assembly.
  • Proposed and implemented re-organization of Product Engineering Department from individual product line to matrix-style organization.
  • Proposed alternative design solutions to internal and external customers for cost savings.
  • Refocused efforts of the Sustaining Engineering team on identifying root causes of issues that improved quality and reliability of product line.
  • Key technical role to secure and maintain customers included international visits for presentations and technical support.

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