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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

  • $164,000

    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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Vice President Of Engineering Career Paths

Vice President Of Engineering
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Vice President
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
President And General Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President, Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Research And Development
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Vice President Product Development
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Managing Director
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Software Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Information Officer
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Manufacturing
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Product Management Director
Director, Product Marketing
11 Yearsyrs
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Division Vice President
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Business Development Director
Director Of Sales & Business Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Division Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Technical Operations
Vice President Of Technical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Marketing Vice President
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President-Program Management
14 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Vice President, Software Development
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Vice President Operation Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Technology Officer
Senior Director Of Engineering
15 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
Director Global Operations
13 Yearsyrs
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Top Careers Before Vice President Of Engineering
Consultant 4.5%
Engineer 4.0%
Director 3.6%
Manager 3.2%
Top Careers After Vice President Of Engineering
Consultant 7.5%
President 7.2%
Owner 4.0%
Principal 3.9%
Director 3.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$164,000
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$116,000
Min 10%
$164,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Median 50%
$232,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Qualcomm
Highest Paying City
Burlingame, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Vice President Of Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President Of Engineering in the United States is $164,936 per year or $79 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $116,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $232,000.

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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 Oct 14, 2015 $355,350 -
$395,350
Vice President, Engineering & Capital Investment Air Liquide USA LLC Sep 11, 2015 $355,350 -
$395,350
Vice President, Pipeline Engineering EMAS-AMC, Inc. Jan 01, 2015 $280,000
VP of Engineering Appdynamics, Inc. Sep 14, 2016 $260,000
Vice President, Engineering, EUM Appdynamics, Inc. Nov 21, 2016 $260,000
Vice President, Pipeline Engineering EMAS-AMC Inc. Jun 24, 2015 $252,000 -
$272,000
VP of Engineering Gild, Inc. Sep 26, 2015 $250,000
Vice President of Engineering Gild, Inc. Aug 04, 2016 $250,000
VP of Engineering Marketo, Inc. Dec 17, 2015 $244,988
VP, Engineering EMC Corporation Feb 09, 2016 $244,000
Vice President, Engineering, Sophos Cloud Sophos Inc. Dec 21, 2015 $235,000 -
$265,000
Vice President Business Value Engineering Apptio, Inc. Apr 30, 2015 $185,000
VP, Engineering Mobitv, Inc. Mar 15, 2016 $185,000 -
$280,000
Vice President of Engineering Hom.Ma, Inc. Dec 12, 2016 $180,000
Vice President of Engineering Stacksocial, Inc. Dec 14, 2016 $180,000
VP Engineering Meforo (USA), Inc. Sep 21, 2016 $180,000
VP, Engineering The Rubicon Project, Inc. Jun 29, 2015 $180,000 -
$200,000
VP, Engineering The Rubicon Project, Inc. Feb 29, 2016 $180,000 -
$200,000
Vice President, Websphere Engineer Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Dec 11, 2015 $149,000
Vice President of Engineering Autotrophic Labs, Inc. Apr 03, 2016 $145,725 -
$160,000
Vice President, Big Data Platform Engineer Point72 Asset Management, L.P. Aug 26, 2016 $145,000
Vice President, Expert Application Engineer Swiss Re Management (Us) Corporation Dec 28, 2015 $145,000
Vice President, Platform Engineer Point72 Asset Management LP Apr 01, 2015 $145,000
Vice President, Engineer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Nov 28, 2016 $145,000
Vice President, Engineer Lead Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Aug 17, 2015 $145,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President Of Engineering

  1. New Product Development
  2. Architecture
  3. Infrastructure
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed new product development within global $160MM Industrial division including automated systems, hydraulic/pneumatic power tools and specialty fastener products.
  • Created sustainable resourcing budgeting model that allocates and protects investment for innovation and future architecture while right-sizing maintenance and feature work.
  • Planned and managed the migration of our technical infrastructure to a fully managed hosting facility with full monitoring and administrative support.
  • Provided analysis for Rationalization and Consolidation of Reporting Platforms and the creation of a single Reporting Portal utilizing several Reporting Platforms.
  • Identified skills required, reorganized engineering into cross-functional project teams; introduced project management and improved design/drafting productivity.

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Vice President Of Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

87.3%

Female

7.9%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.0%

Asian

11.8%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.4%

German

15.0%

French

10.6%

Carrier

6.2%

Chinese

6.2%

Mandarin

4.4%

Russian

4.4%

Japanese

3.5%

Hindi

2.7%

Dutch

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Urdu

2.7%

Swahili

1.8%

Korean

1.8%

Afrikaans

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%
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Vice President Of Engineering Education

Schools

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9.2%

New York University

6.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.8%

Texas A&M University

6.8%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

6.0%

Stanford University

5.6%

Purdue University

5.6%

Ohio State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.2%

Northeastern University

4.8%

University of California - Berkeley

4.0%

Drexel University

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

University of Oklahoma

4.0%

Colorado State University

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.2%

Santa Clara University

3.2%

University of Washington

3.2%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

18.2%

Business

14.5%

Computer Science

14.3%

Mechanical Engineering

13.1%

Civil Engineering

5.8%

Engineering

4.3%

Management

3.9%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.7%

Finance

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Marketing

1.7%

Physics

1.7%

Information Technology

1.6%

Mathematics

1.6%

Aerospace Engineering

1.6%

Petroleum Engineering

1.4%

Chemistry

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.4%

Masters

34.6%

Doctorate

6.9%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

2.2%

High School Diploma

1.6%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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