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Working As A Project 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

  • $103,156

    Average Salary

What Does A Project 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 Project 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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Average Length of Employment
Project Manager 3.4 years
Project Engineer 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Project Engineering Manager
Engineer 5.6%
Internship 2.6%
Consultant 2.1%
Top Careers After Project Engineering Manager
Consultant 3.4%
Engineer 2.7%
Owner 2.7%
Manager 2.0%

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Project Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

84.7%

Female

12.5%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Asian

10.6%

Black or African American

10.5%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.8%

French

10.4%

German

8.5%

Chinese

8.2%

Mandarin

6.4%

Arabic

4.3%

Carrier

4.0%

Portuguese

3.7%

Italian

3.2%

Russian

2.7%

Japanese

2.4%

Cantonese

1.6%

Hindi

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Urdu

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Romanian

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%

Bulgarian

0.5%
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Project Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Purdue University

8.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

Villanova University

5.5%

University of Houston

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.2%

Drexel University

5.0%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.6%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.5%

George Washington University

4.4%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Michigan State University

3.7%

Auburn University

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.7%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

18.6%

Business

17.2%

Civil Engineering

11.6%

Electrical Engineering

9.8%

Project Management

6.0%

Engineering

3.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

3.4%

Construction Management

3.4%

Management

3.3%

Computer Science

2.9%

Industrial Engineering

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Computer Engineering

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.3%

Masters

29.0%

Other

13.8%

Associate

4.9%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Project Engineering Manager Videos

Project Manager (Civil Engineering), Career Video from drkit.org

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Day in the Life: Engineering Manager

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Real Project Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Engineering Manager Broken Hill Proprietary (USA), Inc. Houston, TX Nov 23, 2015 $237,000 -
$257,000
Project Engineering Manager-Lng Cryosys, LLC Houston, TX Sep 06, 2016 $216,050
Manager, Project Engineering and Construction Project Consulting Services, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 10, 2016 $207,661
Project Engineering Manager NES Global, LLC Houston, TX Sep 27, 2016 $195,000
Engineering Project MGR 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 21, 2016 $190,000 -
$210,000
Engineering Project MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 27, 2016 $190,000 -
$210,000
Engineering Project Manager Magnetic Builders Group LLC New York, NY Sep 26, 2016 $188,000
Engineering Project Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 12, 2015 $181,000 -
$201,000
Engineering Project Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 28, 2015 $180,000 -
$200,000
Engineering Project Manager Apple Inc. Seattle, WA Oct 28, 2015 $180,000 -
$200,000
Engineering Project Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2015 $179,504 -
$184,504
Engineering Project Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 07, 2015 $170,000 -
$190,000
Engineering Project MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 25, 2016 $170,000 -
$190,000
Manager, Projects & Construction Engineering Zilkha Biomass Fuels I, LLC Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $165,000
Engineering Project Manager Lucid Technologies, LLC Sunnyvale, CA Oct 24, 2015 $124,758
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Everett, WA Jun 09, 2016 $123,490
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Bellevue, WA Sep 09, 2016 $123,490
Engineering Project MGR 3 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 07, 2015 $123,053 -
$143,000
Engineering Project Manager Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 24, 2015 $123,000 -
$143,000
Engineering Project MGR Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Feb 26, 2016 $122,408 -
$168,200
Engineering Project Manager Pl Engineering, P.C. Lynbrook, NY Jan 20, 2015 $122,304
Engineering Project MGR 3 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 10, 2015 $121,909 -
$132,400
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Katy, TX Sep 14, 2015 $101,717
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited TX Feb 26, 2016 $101,266
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Allen Park, MI Jun 03, 2016 $101,106
Engineering Manager-Project & Automation Amneal Pharmaceuticals of New York Brookhaven, NY Sep 30, 2016 $101,000
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Saint Joseph, MI Jan 06, 2015 $100,638
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Nashville, TN Feb 14, 2015 $100,638
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Feb 14, 2015 $100,638
Project Manager-Engineering-US Infosys Limited Wichita, KS Jun 12, 2015 $100,638

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Top Skills for A Project Engineering Manager

  1. Project Management
  2. New Product Development
  3. Project Scope
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  • Demonstrated outstanding quantitative expertise, operations/logistics proficiency and project management skills in building a highly successful career as a professional engineer.
  • Managed new product development program including requirements from marketing, engineering, supply chain and manufacturing.
  • Project scope included standard and customized equipment installations at educational, commercial and secured military sites.
  • Developed and implemented a safety and environmental audit program and conducted over 30 audits of Eastern Region facilities.
  • Offered novel solutions to facility issues and implemented quality assurance maintenance in compliance with GM requirements.

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