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Working As A Vice President Of Engineering

  • 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

  • $137,773

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President Of Engineering 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 Vice President Of Engineering

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
Product Lead 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 4.0%
Engineer 3.7%
Director 3.4%
Manager 2.7%
Top Employers After
Consultant 7.5%
President 6.1%
Principal 3.9%
Owner 3.3%
Director 3.3%

Vice President Of Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

86.0%

Female

10.5%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

77.6%

Asian

11.6%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.5%

German

15.1%

French

10.4%

Carrier

6.6%

Chinese

6.6%

Russian

4.7%

Japanese

4.7%

Mandarin

3.8%

Portuguese

3.8%

Hindi

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Urdu

2.8%

Swahili

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Yoruba

0.9%

Norwegian

0.9%
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Vice President Of Engineering Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Purdue University

7.0%

Stanford University

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.2%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.0%

University of California - Berkeley

5.0%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.7%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.7%

University of Texas at Austin

4.5%

San Jose State University

4.2%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4.2%

Drexel University

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.7%

University of Southern California

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

19.1%

Business

17.1%

Computer Science

13.2%

Mechanical Engineering

12.4%

Engineering

4.5%

Management

4.1%

Civil Engineering

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.7%

Physics

2.5%

Finance

2.2%

Marketing

2.1%

Project Management

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Mathematics

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Masters

33.6%

Other

15.3%

Doctorate

5.5%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

1.9%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Vice President Of Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President, Engineering & Captial Investment Air Liquide USA LLC Houston, TX Oct 14, 2015 $355,350 -
$395,350
Vice President, Engineering & Capital Investment Air Liquide USA LLC Houston, TX Sep 11, 2015 $355,350 -
$395,350
Vice President, Pipeline Engineering EMAS-AMC, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 01, 2015 $280,000
Vice President, Engineering, EUM Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 21, 2016 $260,000
VP of Engineering Appdynamics, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 14, 2016 $260,000
Vice President, Pipeline Engineering EMAS-AMC Inc. Houston, TX Jun 24, 2015 $252,000 -
$272,000
Vice President of Engineering Gild, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 04, 2016 $250,000
VP of Engineering Gild, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2015 $250,000
VP of Engineering Marketo, Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 17, 2015 $244,988
VP, Engineering EMC Corporation Seattle, WA Feb 09, 2016 $244,000
Vice President, Engineering, Sophos Cloud Sophos Inc. Burlington, MA Dec 21, 2015 $235,000 -
$265,000
Vice President Business Value Engineering Apptio, Inc. Boston, MA Apr 30, 2015 $185,000
VP, Engineering Mobitv, Inc. Emeryville, CA Mar 15, 2016 $185,000 -
$280,000
Vice President of Engineering Airtrust Capital Corp. Aventura, FL Jul 12, 2015 $180,000
Vice President of Engineering Stacksocial, Inc. CA Dec 14, 2016 $180,000
VP, Engineering The Rubicon Project, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 29, 2016 $180,000 -
$200,000
VP of Engineering Etouch Systems Corporation Fremont, CA Sep 06, 2015 $180,000
VP Engineering Meforo (USA), Inc. Brisbane, CA Sep 21, 2016 $180,000
Vice President, Websphere Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. New York, NY Dec 11, 2015 $149,000
Assistance Vice President Jc30-Sales Engineer Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation McKinney, TX Mar 17, 2016 $148,824
Vice President of Engineering Autotrophic Labs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 03, 2016 $145,725 -
$160,000
Vice President, Platform Engineer Point72 Asset Management LP New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $145,000
Vice President, Engineer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Nov 28, 2016 $145,000
Vice President, Big Data Platform Engineer Point72 Asset Management, L.P. New York, NY Aug 26, 2016 $145,000
Vice President, Engineer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Jersey City, NJ Aug 17, 2015 $145,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President Of Engineering

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Top Vice President Of Engineering Skills

  1. New Product Development
  2. Architecture
  3. Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Oversee the Software and Product Engineering Teams in new product development and internal system integration.
  • Presented solutions architectures to clients.
  • Managed overall department steering, team development, audit and compliance of infrastructure, and vendor management.
  • Released 3 new hardware platforms, 3 incremental software releases, and a new software product for cloud based data analysis.
  • Re-architected and implemented the new website replacing over ten years of elapsed time with over 150 person years of development.

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