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Working As A Senior 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

  • $136,740

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Engineering Manager Career Paths

Senior Engineering Manager
Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Development Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Product Management Director
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Senior Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Production Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consulting Engineer Principal Consultant
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer Marketing Consultant
Senior Product Marketing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Operations Director
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Software Development Vice President Of Engineering
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager President Of Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer Chief Architect
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Business Developer Global Director
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Program Management Vice President Of Engineering
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering Vice President Of Research And Development
Vice President Product Development
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering Vice President Product Development
Vice President, Product Management
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Engineer 3.2%
Manager 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.3%
Director 2.2%

Senior Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

85.8%

Female

10.3%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

69.4%

Asian

18.0%

Hispanic or Latino

8.3%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

19.2%

Carrier

9.6%

Japanese

9.6%

French

7.7%

German

7.7%

Urdu

5.8%

Italian

5.8%

Chinese

5.8%

Arabic

5.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Swedish

1.9%

Swahili

1.9%

Turkish

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Afrikaans

1.9%

Tamil

1.9%

Finnish

1.9%

Venetian

1.9%
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Senior Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

George Washington University

7.0%

Stanford University

6.5%

Purdue University

6.5%

University of Iowa

5.5%

Santa Clara University

5.0%

George Mason University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.5%

Villanova University

4.0%

Cornell University

4.0%

University of Southern California

4.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Iowa State University

4.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

20.2%

Business

18.5%

Computer Science

12.0%

Mechanical Engineering

11.2%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.9%

Management

3.7%

Engineering

3.4%

Project Management

3.3%

Civil Engineering

3.0%

Finance

2.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Information Technology

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.3%

Industrial Technology

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Systems Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

41.8%

Bachelors

36.9%

Other

9.9%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

0.4%
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Real Senior Engineering Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineering Manager Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 16, 2016 $220,000
Senior Manager, Test Development Engineering Finisar Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jan 13, 2016 $216,216
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Oct 25, 2016 $215,000 -
$290,600
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Nov 24, 2015 $213,803 -
$281,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Aug 09, 2016 $213,803 -
$290,600
Senior Manager of Engineering Hortonworks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2016 $213,803 -
$250,000
Senior Engineering Manager, Voice Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 31, 2015 $210,000
Senior Engineering Manager, Big Data Tubemogul Inc. Emeryville, CA Jan 29, 2016 $209,000
Senior Engineering Manager Marketo, Inc. San Mateo, CA Sep 12, 2016 $200,366 -
$220,366
Senior Manager, Engineering Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Family of Companies Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2015 $200,000
Senior Manager, Devops Engineering Nerdwallet, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 07, 2016 $200,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Nimble Storage, Inc. Durham, NC Apr 22, 2016 $200,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Tinder, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 28, 2016 $200,000 -
$215,000
Senior Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 07, 2016 $195,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Minted, LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2015 $173,056 -
$175,000
Senior Engineering Manager Uber Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 15, 2015 $172,827 -
$190,000
Senior Manager of Security Engineering OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 24, 2016 $172,000 -
$189,200
Senior Tunnel Engineering Manager Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 08, 2016 $170,789
Senior Managers, Engineering Minted, LLC San Francisco, CA May 23, 2016 $170,000
Senior Manager, Sustaining Engineering MAPR Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 04, 2016 $168,000
Senior Engineering Manager (Smart Grid Applications) Nexgrid LLC Fredericksburg, VA Jan 01, 2016 $167,877
Senior Manager, Customer Engineer Pivotal Software, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 21, 2016 $152,880 -
$201,250
Senior Manager of Security Engineering OKTA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 23, 2016 $150,300 -
$183,700
SR. Manager, Performance Engineering Saba Software Inc. Redwood City, CA Jun 28, 2016 $150,000 -
$195,000
Senior Manager, Data Engineering Whip Networks, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 21, 2015 $150,000
Senior Engineering Manager Choose Energy, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 12, 2015 $150,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Nimble Storage, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 01, 2015 $150,000 -
$225,000
Senior Manager, Engineering RF Micro Devices, Inc. Greensboro, NC Apr 23, 2015 $149,534
Senior Manager, Engineering RF Micro Devices, Inc. Greensboro, NC Sep 18, 2015 $149,534

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Manager

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Top Senior Engineering Manager Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Hardware
  3. Platform
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed three engineering departments in engineering physics, software, and electronics for all new product development.
  • Managed the development of over 3 million lines of software code and established a hardware test environment.
  • Network monitoring, tools, automation and integration services provided to multiple groups across Yahoo platforms and infrastructure.
  • Focussed on pressure vessel code and industry design compliance, foreign design compliance and controls.
  • Developed and chaired the Roche Carolina Project Management Community of Practice.

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