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Working As A Senior Engineering Manager

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  • 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

  • $146,408

    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
Field Service Technician Application Engineer
Applications Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Engineering Business Unit Manager
Business Unit Director
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Engineering Director
Director Of Manufacturing Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Quality Assurance Director
Director Of Quality & Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Principal Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Product Development Director Of Software Development
Director Technical Development
11 Yearsyrs
Technical Director Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Product Engineering Manager
Director, Product Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Civil Engineer Engineering Manager
Engineering And Operations Director
11 Yearsyrs
Subject Matter Expert Quality Assurance Lead
Quality Assurance Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Director Of Product Development
Senior Director, Product Development
14 Yearsyrs
Principal Engineer Research And Development Manager
Senior Manager Of Research And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Senior Product Line Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Director Vice President Of Engineering
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Operations Vice President
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Program Management
Vice President-Program Management
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Top Careers Before Senior Engineering Manager
Engineer 4.8%
Manager 4.6%
Top Careers After Senior Engineering Manager
Consultant 5.5%
Director 3.7%
Manager 3.0%

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Senior Engineering Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

85.9%

Female

10.4%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

54.2%

Asian

16.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

22.5%

Carrier

9.8%

Japanese

9.8%

German

8.8%

French

6.9%

Chinese

6.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Urdu

3.9%

Italian

3.9%

Arabic

3.9%

Hindi

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Korean

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Swahili

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Finnish

1.0%
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Senior Engineering Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.0%

Stanford University

6.6%

Purdue University

6.4%

George Washington University

6.1%

San Jose State University

5.9%

Michigan State University

5.3%

Santa Clara University

5.3%

Northeastern University

5.3%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Villanova University

4.5%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

Syracuse University

4.0%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Cornell University

3.5%

University of Iowa

3.5%

University of Colorado at Boulder

3.5%

Iowa State University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.7%

Business

18.2%

Mechanical Engineering

11.0%

Computer Science

9.6%

Civil Engineering

4.9%

Engineering

4.4%

Management

4.1%

Computer Engineering

4.0%

Project Management

4.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Finance

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Physics

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

1.9%

Information Technology

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%

Marketing

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

38.5%

Bachelors

38.2%

Other

11.2%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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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 of Engineering Hortonworks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 18, 2016 $213,803 -
$250,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Aug 09, 2016 $213,803 -
$290,600
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, 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 Manager, Engineering Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Family of Companies Palo Alto, CA Sep 12, 2015 $200,000
Senior Engineering Manager Netgear, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 07, 2016 $195,000
Senior Engineering Manager Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Feb 08, 2016 $175,000
Senior Manager, Engineering Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Jan 04, 2016 $173,699
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 Engineering Manager Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jun 12, 2015 $153,000 -
$210,000
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
Senior Manager, Engineering Nimble Storage, Inc. Durham, NC Sep 01, 2015 $150,000 -
$225,000
Senior Engineering Manager Choose Energy, Inc. Plano, TX Jul 12, 2015 $150,000
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 Manager, Engineering RF Micro Devices, Inc. Greensboro, NC Sep 18, 2015 $149,534

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Top Skills for A Senior Engineering Manager

  1. New Product Development
  2. Project Management
  3. Computer
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  • Planned engineering projects and managed execution on new product development and sustaining engineering efforts.
  • Conducted facility energy audits, electrical power quality surveys and assisted with project management for installation and commissioning of BAC.
  • Modernized sales database system, introduced new accounting system and managed/maintained office network of 20 computers.
  • Created database security maturity model for the conducting of in-depth compliance audits and penetration testing of database environments.
  • Overhauled engineering department by hiring key additional resources and redeployment of current engineers and technician to appropriate role assignments.

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