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Engineering Managers

Engineering managers combine their engineering and management skills to direct teams of specialists in technical tasks and projects. Engineering management oversees the planning and functions of manufacturing and industrial operations. They're also responsible for the preparation and administering of budgets.

The title engineering manager is used to describe project management or functional management. Engineering managers usually need training and experience in basic management and also the particular engineering subject that will be utilized by the engineering staff.

Many engineering managers focus on fields such as materials management, product development, architecture, technology, construction and manufacturing. Other popular fields are industrial engineering, software engineering, research and development and production processes.

Some of the job titles of engineering managers are project engineering manager, director of engineering, civil engineering manager, chief engineer, and process engineering manager.

Responsibilities

  • Asses the feasibility of projects
  • Direct, review and approve changes in product design
  • Discuss with marketing, production and management personnel product specifications and procedures
  • Coordinate and oversee projects
  • Make detailed plans in order to accomplish objectives
  • Plan and oversee the installation, testing, operation and maintenance and repair of equipment and facilities
  • Assign, oversee and evaluate the work of employees
  • Create bids, budgets and contracts
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures regarding engineering and technical work
  • Evaluate and recommend or approve cost estimates and contracts

Job Characteristics

Engineering managers should have strong communication skills and math skills and be detailed oriented. They should have the skills to coach and motivate technical personnel. They also need to be effective at coordinating the work of employees.

They spend a lot of time in their office and they also spend a significant amount of time in meetings. They typically work a 40 hour week but often work overtime due to deadlines and other issues.

Employment Outlook

In general the growth in engineering management is connected to the growth in engineering jobs and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the growth for engineers is forecasted to be about as fast as average for all occupations. Environmental engineers are expected to have the fastest growth and civil engineers should have the largest employment increase. In addition, the median annual wage for engineering managers in 2008 was $115,270.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Candidates for graduate level engineering management degrees need to have an undergraduate with a major in engineering, the sciences, mathematics or computer science. Some of the titles for the degrees are MS in engineering management, master of business and engineering, MS in management science & engineering and MS in technology or innovation management.

Usually, engineering management programs include coursework in management, engineering economy, accounting, management information systems, financial management, quality control, mathematical modeling and optimization, marketing, environmental program management, innovation and operations research.

There are numerous education programs that offer bachelor's, master's and Ph.D degrees. The Master of Engineering Management is a technically based degree that is useful for engineering management positions.

Professional and industrial associations, including engineer's societies provide certification programs that validate engineering management knowledge and skills. Specialization areas in degrees and certification programs include product and process, management of technology, operations management, organizational management, program management, finance and marketing.

Not all employers require professional certification. Some engineering managers take the licensure exam given by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. A license can improve a candidates chance of getting some types of engineering manager positions.

Resources

Major Employers

The largest area of employment is architectural, engineering and related services. Other large employment sectors are navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing, scientific research and development services, semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing, and aerospace product and parts manufacturing.

Schools for Engineering Managers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Engineering Managers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Engineering Managers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 1000 $141,490
Birmingham 620 $124,240
Hoover 620 $124,240
Mobile 250 $131,520
Montgomery 150 $112,110
Decatur 90 $143,070
Tuscaloosa 60 $144,930
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 280 $154,070
Fairbanks 30 $158,540
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2800 $131,800
Scottsdale 2800 $131,800
Mesa 2800 $131,800
Tucson 610 $137,580
Sierra Vista 70 $128,220
Douglas 70 $128,220
Yuma 40 $87,890
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 190 $116,140
North Little Rock 190 $116,140
Little Rock 190 $116,140
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 9900 $147,900
Los Angeles 9900 $147,900
Anaheim 9900 $147,900
Santa Clara 7090 $178,750
Sunnyvale 7090 $178,750
San Jose 7090 $178,750
Hayward 5320 $164,050
Oakland 5320 $164,050
San Francisco 5320 $164,050
San Diego 2590 $152,830
Carlsbad 2590 $152,830
Sacramento 1330 $136,150
Arden 1330 $136,150
Roseville 1330 $136,150
Arcade 1330 $136,150
Ontario 920 $127,830
San Bernardino 920 $127,830
Riverside 920 $127,830
Ventura 630 $136,860
Thousand Oaks 630 $136,860
Oxnard 630 $136,860
Bakersfield 540 $137,730
Santa Barbara 370 $151,170
Santa Maria 370 $151,170
Santa Rosa 340 $140,150
Fresno 170 $130,080
Vallejo 110 $147,090
Fairfield 110 $147,090
Arroyo Grande 100 $119,640
Paso Robles 100 $119,640
San Luis Obispo 100 $119,640
Stockton 80 $127,720
Lodi 80 $127,720
Santa Cruz 80 $156,090
Watsonville 80 $156,090
Visalia 70 $124,540
Porterville 70 $124,540
Modesto 70 $128,520
Salinas 60 $123,080
Redding 30 $136,140
Napa 30 $139,000
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 2130 $151,020
Aurora 2130 $151,020
Denver 2130 $151,020
Colorado Springs 450 $153,580
Boulder 450 $156,720
Fort Collins 310 $137,130
Pueblo 30 $159,620
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 1480 $136,080
East Hartford 1480 $136,080
West Hartford 1480 $136,080
Bridgeport 450 $132,780
Norwalk 450 $132,780
Stamford 450 $132,780
New Haven 310 $127,470
Danbury 130 $113,910
Waterbury 50 $128,450
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $115,300
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 1850 $119,900
West Palm Beach 1850 $119,900
Fort Lauderdale 1850 $119,900
Clearwater 1120 $121,530
St. Petersburg 1120 $121,530
Tampa 1120 $121,530
Kissimmee 1100 $117,580
Orlando 1100 $117,580
Sanford 1100 $117,580
Jacksonville 600 $119,180
Titusville 590 $134,860
Palm Bay 590 $134,860
Melbourne 590 $134,860
Fort Walton Beach 210 $120,980
Crestview 210 $120,980
Destin 210 $120,980
North Port 170 $104,630
Bradenton 170 $104,630
Sarasota 170 $104,630
Cape Coral 140 $99,760
Fort Myers 140 $99,760
Panama City 140 $114,440
Gainesville 130 $101,530
Lakeland 130 $102,980
Winter Haven 130 $102,980
Ferry Pass 110 $106,700
Brent 110 $106,700
Pensacola 110 $106,700
Tallahassee 100 $128,440
Ormond Beach 90 $106,320
Deltona 90 $106,320
Daytona Beach 90 $106,320
Port St. Lucie 80 $114,440
Naples 70 $125,120
Immokalee 70 $125,120
Marco Island 70 $125,120
Ocala 60 $119,090
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 3060 $130,540
Atlanta 3060 $130,540
Roswell 3060 $130,540
Savannah 250 $121,520
Warner Robins 100 $128,210
Macon 80 $122,950
Gainesville 30 $93,660
Athens 30 $124,950
Clarke County 30 $124,950
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 670 $110,720
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 620 $136,990
Idaho Falls 200 $141,580
Coeur d'Alene 30 $93,780
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 650 $150,830
Rockford 200 $106,260
Champaign 80 $102,700
Urbana 80 $102,700
Springfield 60 $102,750
Decatur 60 $120,700
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1330 $117,530
Carmel 1330 $117,530
Indianapolis 1330 $117,530
Fort Wayne 280 $110,780
Lafayette 180 $152,570
West Lafayette 180 $152,570
Goshen 170 $102,680
Elkhart 170 $102,680
Terre Haute 60 $98,700
Bloomington 60 $104,670
Muncie 40 $100,210
Michigan City 40 $101,460
La Porte 40 $101,460
Kokomo N/A $127,780
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 750 N/A
West Des Moines 240 $113,440
Des Moines 240 $113,440
Waterloo 100 $114,370
Cedar Falls 100 $114,370
Ames 90 $104,900
Iowa City 50 $115,820
Dubuque 30 $113,010
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 420 $125,910
Topeka 70 $101,640
Lawrence 50 N/A
Manhattan 50 $120,280
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 490 $109,470
Lexington 490 $109,470
Bowling Green 90 $107,880
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 660 $133,410
Metairie 660 $133,410
Baton Rouge 370 $144,920
Lafayette 160 $94,180
Thibodaux 140 $133,220
Houma 140 $133,220
Lake Charles 100 $135,600
Bossier City 80 $100,850
Shreveport 80 $100,850
Monroe 60 N/A
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 350 $127,980
Portland 350 $127,980
Bangor 40 $106,060
Auburn 30 $103,200
Lewiston 30 $103,200
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2400 $138,430
Towson 2400 $138,430
Columbia 2400 $138,430
Lexington Park 160 $143,180
California 160 $143,180
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 110 $123,980
New Bedford 40 $117,190
Pittsfield 40 $120,000
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wyoming 1170 $109,590
Grand Rapids 1170 $109,590
Ann Arbor 570 $131,110
Jackson 290 $132,420
Saginaw 280 $118,120
Lansing 230 $92,810
East Lansing 230 $92,810
Portage 160 $107,870
Kalamazoo 160 $107,870
Midland 120 $93,790
Niles 110 N/A
Benton Harbor 110 N/A
Monroe 100 $132,040
Flint 90 $114,610
Battle Creek 90 $125,660
Muskegon 80 $104,300
Dearborn N/A $123,040
Detroit N/A $123,040
Warren N/A $123,040
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 40 $102,740
Rochester 40 $125,880
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 280 $115,700
Biloxi 280 $115,700
Gulfport 280 $115,700
Jackson 180 $100,310
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 70 $107,650
Columbia 40 $117,020
Joplin 30 $107,470
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 100 $119,280
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 100 $104,810
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 610 $129,750
Henderson 610 $129,750
Las Vegas 610 $129,750
Reno 220 $124,160
Carson City 80 $92,980
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 180 $120,430
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 290 $165,960
Hammonton 190 $136,790
Atlantic City 190 $136,790
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1230 $146,490
Las Cruces 90 $125,230
Santa Fe 70 $92,660
Farmington 40 $125,330
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 680 $125,940
Cheektowaga 440 $114,490
Buffalo 440 $114,490
Niagara Falls 440 $114,490
Schenectady 430 $138,950
Albany 430 $138,950
Troy 430 $138,950
Syracuse 270 $138,080
Binghamton 140 $125,160
Ithaca 80 $102,330
Elmira 30 $108,490
Rome 30 $111,700
Utica 30 $111,700
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 950 $125,950
Chapel Hill 510 $145,720
Durham 510 $145,720
High Point 320 $114,920
Greensboro 320 $114,920
Salem 250 $121,750
Winston 250 $121,750
Morganton 110 $115,390
Lenoir 110 $115,390
Hickory 110 $115,390
New Bern 90 $109,880
Asheville 90 $115,160
Fayetteville 60 $110,140
Wilmington 60 $119,050
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 110 $104,660
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 1520 $124,810
Elyria 1520 $124,810
Columbus 1250 $119,590
Dayton 670 $121,900
Akron 430 $120,080
Toledo 370 $117,330
Canton 110 $96,450
Massillon 110 $96,450
Lima 40 $123,190
Mansfield N/A $114,350
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 820 $119,080
Tulsa 690 $118,100
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 110 $101,110
Salem 80 $108,310
Corvallis 80 $134,500
Bend 70 $114,170
Redmond 70 $114,170
Medford 40 $94,610
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1560 $133,700
Carlisle 310 $117,310
Harrisburg 310 $117,310
Hanover 230 $120,430
York 230 $120,430
Reading 180 $133,330
Lancaster 170 $123,310
Barre 140 $107,080
Hazleton 140 $107,080
Scranton 140 $107,080
Wilkes 140 $107,080
Erie 80 $103,900
State College 70 $133,670
Johnstown 40 $105,850
Berwick 30 $125,300
Bloomsburg 30 $125,300
East Stroudsburg N/A $108,260
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 700 $97,870
Caguas 700 $97,870
San Juan 700 $97,870
Ponce 90 $84,610
Isabela 30 $101,480
Aguadilla 30 $101,480
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Charleston 530 $114,420
Charleston 530 $114,420
Mauldin 460 $128,230
Anderson 460 $128,230
Greenville 460 $128,230
Columbia 350 $112,210
Florence 120 $150,560
Spartanburg 100 $98,160
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Davidson 1060 $108,750
Murfreesboro 1060 $108,750
Franklin 1060 $108,750
Nashville 1060 $108,750
Knoxville 530 $125,080
Johnson City 130 $89,450
Jackson 40 $101,860
Cleveland 40 $117,830
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 4820 $169,020
The Woodlands 4820 $169,020
Houston 4820 $169,020
Dallas 3200 $138,060
Fort Worth 3200 $138,060
Arlington 3200 $138,060
Austin 1120 $153,520
Round Rock 1120 $153,520
San Antonio 570 $127,490
New Braunfels 570 $127,490
Midland 500 $145,930
Corpus Christi 170 $137,030
El Paso 60 $118,370
Longview 50 $131,420
Temple 40 $118,370
Killeen 40 $118,370
Amarillo 40 $130,790
Waco 40 $142,090
Tyler 40 $147,600
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 880 $108,460
Provo 360 $113,580
Orem 360 $113,580
Ogden 290 $128,530
Clearfield 290 $128,530
St. George 30 $91,960
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 260 $110,890
Burlington 260 $110,890
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 530 $132,080
Lynchburg 150 $113,010
Charlottesville 100 $124,940
Roanoke 90 $102,000
Christiansburg 80 $120,160
Radford 80 $120,160
Blacksburg 80 $120,160
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 3320 $147,710
Bellevue 3320 $147,710
Seattle 3320 $147,710
Richland 530 $139,220
Kennewick 530 $139,220
Spokane 180 $125,120
Spokane Valley 180 $125,120
Bremerton 100 $129,810
Silverdale 100 $129,810
Bellingham 90 $124,870
Olympia 30 $104,800
Tumwater 30 $104,800
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 60 $110,760
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1460 $113,450
Milwaukee 1460 $113,450
West Allis 1460 $113,450
Madison 540 $115,490
Green Bay 180 $95,600
Wausau 130 $110,220
Appleton 130 $110,560
Sheboygan 110 $112,140
Neenah 100 $104,400
Oshkosh 100 $104,400
Eau Claire 90 $100,230
Racine 90 $101,680
Janesville 40 $104,630
Beloit 40 $104,630
Fond du Lac N/A $112,570
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 50 $93,700

Most Popular Industries for :
Engineering Managers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 58,960 32% $120,010
Electronics And Computer 28,760 15% $128,750
Government 14,700 8% $109,300
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 14,020 7% $113,410
Machinery 9,560 5% $99,950
Business Management 6,630 3% $120,490
Metal Products 5,020 2% $93,550
Utilities 4,880 2% $110,780
Chemicals 4,180 2% $112,670
Telecommunications 3,130 1% $119,930
Electrical Appliance 3,090 1% $103,720
Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,890 1% $109,600
Construction 2,870 1% $100,860
Durable Goods Wholesale 2,520 1% $122,340
Plastics And Rubber 2,170 1% $95,150
Office Services And Staffing 1,900 1% $112,000
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