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Working As A Vice President Of Operations And 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

  • $163,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Vice President Of Operations And 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 Operations And 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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Top Careers Before Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
Director 4.1%
Manager 4.1%
Engineer 3.2%
Consultant 3.0%
President 2.7%
Top Careers After Vice President Of Operations And Engineering
President 8.6%
Consultant 6.6%
Principal 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$163,000
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$116,000
Min 10%
$163,000
Median 50%
$163,000
Median 50%
$163,000
Median 50%
$163,000
Median 50%
$163,000
Median 50%
$163,000
Median 50%
$163,000
Median 50%
$230,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Goldman Sachs
Highest Paying City
Camarillo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Vice President Of Operations And Engineering make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Vice President Of Operations And Engineering in the United States is $163,929 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 $230,000.

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Real Vice President Of Operations And Engineering Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vice President of Engineering and Operations BNK Petroleum (Us) Inc. Jan 04, 2014 $313,000
Vice President of Engineering and Operations BNK Petroleum (Us) Inc. Jan 10, 2011 $275,000
Vice President of Engineering and Operations BNK Petroleum (Us) Inc. Jan 03, 2011 $275,000
Vice President of Operations and Engineering Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. Oct 01, 2010 $265,000
Vice President, Operational Engineering CSC Holdings, LLC Sep 20, 2016 $228,375
VP Engineering and Operations Seaborn Management, Inc. Jun 09, 2016 $220,000
Vice President of Engineering Operations Collective Media, Inc. Sep 20, 2015 $190,000
Vice President of Operations and Engineering Terex Energy Corporation Jul 01, 2014 $180,000
VP Engineering & Operations Aprigo, Inc. Oct 01, 2010 $175,000
V.P. System Engineering/Plm Voxox for Operators Telcentris, Inc. Mar 17, 2014 $153,795 -
$183,810
Vice President, Engineering, Operations & Quality AERO Pacific Corporation Jan 12, 2015 $150,000
Vice President of Engineering Operations Ancera, LLC Jun 09, 2016 $150,000
Vice President of Engineering Operations Ancera, Inc. Jun 09, 2016 $150,000
Vice President, Engineering Operations A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sep 19, 2014 $150,000 -
$185,000
Vice President Engineering & Operations Trilogy International Partners LLC Aug 01, 2012 $139,797
Vice President, Operations/Engineering Serac Incorporated Dec 17, 2015 $137,904
Vice President Engineering & Operations Trilogy International Partners LLC Aug 01, 2010 $135,000 -
$200,000
VP Operations Industrial Engineer Woodcrafters Home Products, LLC Sep 01, 2014 $120,000

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Top Skills for A Vice President Of Operations And Engineering

  1. New Product Development
  2. On-Time Delivery
  3. Strategic Plan
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led technical operations, custom product design, new product development, and applications consulting to customers.
  • Altered staffing model to include third shift operations increasing on-time delivery of service to clients by 50%.
  • Developed overall strategic plan for development and implementation of the Company's online collaboration software and network resources.
  • Full construction management, project management, and technical services management services.
  • Work closely with the Operational leads under my direction to insure timely delivery of infrastructure requirements.

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Vice President Of Operations And Engineering Demographics

Gender

Male

91.6%

Female

5.7%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

German

23.1%

Chinese

15.4%

Spanish

15.4%

Swedish

7.7%

Vietnamese

7.7%

Japanese

7.7%

Carrier

7.7%

Dutch

7.7%

Korean

7.7%
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Vice President Of Operations And Engineering Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

11.8%

Purdue University

8.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.9%

University of Cincinnati

5.9%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.9%

New Mexico State University

5.9%

University of Houston

5.9%

University of California - Berkeley

5.9%

Stanford University

5.9%

Texas A&M University

5.9%

Pasadena City College

5.9%

Syracuse University

2.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

Northwest Missouri State University

2.9%

Santa Fe Community College

2.9%

Washington University in Saint Louis

2.9%

Bryman College

2.9%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

2.9%

North Carolina State University

2.9%

Appalachian State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

25.5%

Mechanical Engineering

13.2%

Electrical Engineering

11.3%

Computer Science

6.6%

Management

5.7%

Civil Engineering

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Engineering Technology

2.8%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Petroleum Engineering

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Economics

1.9%

Chemistry

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

48.6%

Masters

36.9%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

4.5%

Doctorate

2.7%

License

0.9%

High School Diploma

0.9%
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