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Working As A Section 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

  • $98,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Section 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 Section 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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Section Manager Career Paths

Section Manager
Purchasing Manager Global Director
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Operations Director
Director/Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Plant Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Vice President & General Manager
President And General Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Plant Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Engineering Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager District Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Account Manager
Strategic Accounts Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Director Of Construction
Vice President Of Construction
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Vice President Vice President, Technology
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Operations Director
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
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Section Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

72.2%

Female

25.4%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Asian

9.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.6%

French

12.4%

German

10.1%

Mandarin

7.9%

Chinese

6.7%

Japanese

5.6%

Portuguese

3.4%

Cantonese

3.4%

Carrier

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Turkish

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Cheyenne

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Hungarian

1.1%

Ukrainian

1.1%

Dari

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%
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Section Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.3%

Community College of the Air Force

11.0%

Arizona State University

6.2%

Ashford University

5.4%

George Washington University

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

Northwestern University

4.2%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Webster University

3.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.4%

American University

3.4%

Columbia Southern University

3.1%

University of Maryland - University College

3.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%

University of Delaware

3.1%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

34.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.9%

Management

7.4%

Computer Science

5.8%

Mechanical Engineering

5.3%

Finance

4.2%

Accounting

3.9%

Project Management

3.2%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Chemistry

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.8%

Civil Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Masters

28.7%

Other

16.5%

Associate

6.5%

Doctorate

3.4%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Section Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Systems Software Section Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jul 01, 2016 $160,964 -
$181,202
Manager Section Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 01, 2011 $160,000
Manager Section Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 08, 2016 $154,634 -
$184,681
Section Manager-Yield Enhancement Im Flash Technologies, LLC Lehi, UT Nov 16, 2015 $152,600
Section Manager Micropatent LLC Sunnyvale, CA Apr 27, 2015 $150,997
Engineering Section Manager I Yokogawa Corporation of America Sugar Land, TX Oct 24, 2016 $150,665
Section Manager Ch2M Hill, Inc. Bellevue, WA May 19, 2015 $150,300
Manager Section, System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 15, 2012 $149,725
Substation Section Manager HDR Engineering, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Sep 10, 2015 $145,018
Manager Section System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Oct 19, 2015 $139,397 -
$182,269
Manager Section System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 15, 2016 $139,397 -
$182,269
Senior Section Manager, Process Engineering Cleans Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Sep 14, 2016 $135,470 -
$146,000
Manager Section, System Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 18, 2012 $135,000
Manager Section Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA May 15, 2011 $132,152
Senior Section Manager Failure Analysis Engineerin Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Apr 21, 2014 $117,346 -
$146,000
Senior Section Manager, Test Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Oct 01, 2014 $117,346 -
$147,000
Senior Section Manager Technology Development (TD) Global Engineering Support Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Oct 21, 2015 $115,922 -
$146,000
Senior Section Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Aug 29, 2015 $115,040 -
$125,562
Senior Section Manager-Manufacturing Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Sep 02, 2014 $114,971 -
$125,562
Senior Section Manager Manufacturing Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Sep 11, 2014 $114,971 -
$146,000
Senior Section Manager, Failure Analysis Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Nov 14, 2014 $114,971 -
$146,000
Engineering Section Manager I Yokogawa Corporation of America Sugar Land, TX Nov 05, 2013 $102,736
Senior Section Manager Equipment Engineering Globalfoundries U.S., Inc. Malta, NY Aug 18, 2014 $100,277 -
$146,000
Section Manager, FAE Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Milpitas, CA Jan 17, 2011 $100,000
Sub-Section Manager General Electric Company (Transportation) Erie, PA Oct 05, 2016 $100,000 -
$115,000
Section Manager Sales Operation Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 01, 2013 $99,734 -
$140,000
Operations Section Manager, Project Engineer Abbvie Inc. Worcester, MA Feb 18, 2013 $99,662
Section Manager Sales Operations Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 01, 2013 $99,345 -
$125,310
Section Manager Module Engineering Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Mar 28, 2016 $98,184 -
$147,000

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Top Section Manager Skills

  1. Personnel
  2. Safety
  3. Procedures
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  • Organized and evaluated aircrew life support operational aspects including equipment accountability and personnel reliability.
  • Implemented safety countermeasures independently, resulting in an outstanding safety record with zero incidents in two years.
  • Collaborated with internal Methods and Procedures Board to compile new departmental procedures for associates both internal and external associates nationwide.
  • Managed 1 manufacturing engineer and 4 production supervisors with 90 employees.
  • Worked with Product Development group to introduce new processes and products into production and to expand production capacity when required.

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