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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.

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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 930 $143,640
Hoover 630 $124,900
Birmingham 630 $124,900
Mobile 240 $134,480
Montgomery 120 $116,850
Decatur 70 $145,600
Tuscaloosa 50 $136,010
Dothan 40 $121,150
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 270 $141,680
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2410 $126,870
Scottsdale 2410 $126,870
Mesa 2410 $126,870
Tucson 440 $127,480
Sierra Vista 80 $129,900
Douglas 80 $129,900
Yuma N/A $91,660
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 180 $115,330
North Little Rock 180 $115,330
Little Rock 180 $115,330
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 8910 $149,070
Los Angeles 8910 $149,070
Long Beach 8910 $149,070
Santa Clara 6450 $183,940
Sunnyvale 6450 $183,940
San Jose 6450 $183,940
San Francisco 5270 $160,610
Oakland 5270 $160,610
Hayward 5270 $160,610
San Diego 2510 $158,890
Carlsbad 2510 $158,890
Roseville 1340 $141,340
Arden 1340 $141,340
Sacramento 1340 $141,340
Arcade 1340 $141,340
Riverside 970 $129,750
San Bernardino 970 $129,750
Ontario 970 $129,750
Bakersfield 540 $133,670
Oxnard 530 $130,990
Thousand Oaks 530 $130,990
Ventura 530 $130,990
Santa Maria 360 $157,950
Santa Barbara 360 $157,950
Santa Rosa 320 $142,320
Fresno 180 $122,140
Fairfield 150 $164,020
Vallejo 150 $164,020
Arroyo Grande 140 $146,810
Paso Robles 140 $146,810
San Luis Obispo 140 $146,810
Watsonville 110 $167,880
Santa Cruz 110 $167,880
Lodi 90 $111,150
Stockton 90 $111,150
Visalia 80 $126,640
Porterville 80 $126,640
Salinas 70 $158,340
Modesto 50 $119,250
Redding 40 $140,140
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1960 $154,000
Denver 1960 $154,000
Aurora 1960 $154,000
Boulder 470 $156,600
Colorado Springs 370 $150,040
Fort Collins 240 $143,870
Greeley 100 N/A
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 1530 $139,970
West Hartford 1530 $139,970
Hartford 1530 $139,970
Stamford 490 $147,020
Norwalk 490 $147,020
Bridgeport 490 $147,020
New Haven 310 $125,210
Danbury 180 $130,500
Waterbury 70 $120,980
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 60 $117,250
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 1580 $124,640
Fort Lauderdale 1580 $124,640
West Palm Beach 1580 $124,640
Orlando 1080 $123,690
Kissimmee 1080 $123,690
Sanford 1080 $123,690
Clearwater 1060 $121,560
Tampa 1060 $121,560
St. Petersburg 1060 $121,560
Jacksonville 600 $121,110
Melbourne 540 $137,680
Palm Bay 540 $137,680
Titusville 540 $137,680
Crestview 250 $121,230
Fort Walton Beach 250 $121,230
Destin 250 $121,230
Sarasota 180 $103,770
Bradenton 180 $103,770
North Port 180 $103,770
Panama City 160 $112,930
Gainesville 130 $111,600
Cape Coral 120 $107,940
Fort Myers 120 $107,940
Lakeland 110 $100,650
Winter Haven 110 $100,650
Tallahassee 90 $115,180
Deltona 90 $117,510
Daytona Beach 90 $117,510
Ormond Beach 90 $117,510
Brent 70 $111,580
Pensacola 70 $111,580
Ferry Pass 70 $111,580
Port St. Lucie 70 $112,420
Immokalee 50 $118,230
Naples 50 $118,230
Marco Island 50 $118,230
Ocala 40 $110,770
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 3250 $129,470
Atlanta 3250 $129,470
Roswell 3250 $129,470
Savannah 240 $140,850
Warner Robins 60 $127,940
Clarke County 40 $128,690
Athens 40 $128,690
Macon 40 $131,320
Gainesville 30 $111,560
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 750 $116,760
Lahaina 40 $98,400
Wailuku 40 $98,400
Kahului 40 $98,400
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 660 $128,690
Idaho Falls 250 $128,490
Pocatello 50 $114,910
Coeur d'Alene 30 $98,850
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 730 N/A
Rockford 220 $110,970
Decatur 90 $149,190
Champaign 80 $97,230
Urbana 80 $97,230
Springfield 70 $108,370
Bloomington 70 $136,290
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1380 $111,630
Anderson 1380 $111,630
Carmel 1380 $111,630
Fort Wayne 300 $106,600
Elkhart 170 $102,580
Goshen 170 $102,580
Lafayette 130 $137,750
West Lafayette 130 $137,750
Bloomington 70 $117,790
Terre Haute 60 $105,440
La Porte 40 $108,300
Michigan City 40 $108,300
Kokomo N/A $147,850
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 770 N/A
West Des Moines 260 N/A
Des Moines 260 N/A
Cedar Falls 90 $117,640
Waterloo 90 $117,640
Ames 70 $102,510
Iowa City 50 $116,060
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 390 $122,550
Topeka 90 $107,960
Lawrence 60 N/A
Manhattan 50 $128,430
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 540 $114,450
Lexington 540 $114,450
Bowling Green 100 $99,630
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 630 $139,220
Metairie 630 $139,220
Baton Rouge 340 $146,470
Lake Charles 120 $136,780
Lafayette 110 $132,470
Bossier City 90 $105,500
Shreveport 90 $105,500
Thibodaux 90 $135,950
Houma 90 $135,950
Monroe 40 $124,230
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 330 $124,170
South Portland 330 $124,170
Bangor 30 $109,150
Auburn 30 $109,470
Lewiston 30 $109,470
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2480 $134,600
Towson 2480 $134,600
Columbia 2480 $134,600
Lexington Park 180 $145,480
California 180 $145,480
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 90 $128,360
Pittsfield 60 $114,890
New Bedford 30 $128,590
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Grand Rapids 1250 $111,290
Wyoming 1250 $111,290
Ann Arbor 400 $126,830
East Lansing 260 $96,270
Lansing 260 $96,270
Niles 210 $139,920
Benton Harbor 210 $139,920
Portage 200 $101,710
Kalamazoo 200 $101,710
Jackson 190 $143,780
Muskegon 110 $109,640
Flint 110 $119,280
Saginaw 90 $101,750
Monroe 90 $127,080
Battle Creek 90 $133,120
Detroit N/A $127,960
Dearborn N/A $127,960
Warren N/A $127,960
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 50 $105,890
Rochester 50 $129,430
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 240 $119,740
Biloxi 240 $119,740
Gulfport 240 $119,740
Jackson 210 $107,290
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 90 $108,100
Columbia 50 $102,550
Jefferson City 30 $122,370
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 100 $128,020
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 90 $103,020
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 610 $129,750
Henderson 610 $129,750
Las Vegas 610 $129,750
Reno 190 $137,760
Carson City 60 $92,040
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 230 $127,320
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 250 $151,360
Hammonton 240 $137,440
Atlantic City 240 $137,440
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1320 $157,300
Las Cruces 90 $116,410
Santa Fe 70 $89,680
Farmington 40 $127,580
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 700 $133,250
Troy 700 $133,250
Schenectady 700 $133,250
Rochester 660 $128,890
Niagara Falls 450 $125,850
Cheektowaga 450 $125,850
Buffalo 450 $125,850
Syracuse 320 $141,660
Binghamton 120 $122,570
Ithaca 90 $107,520
Rome 30 $114,940
Utica 30 $114,940
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 810 $128,330
Chapel Hill 380 $144,350
Durham 380 $144,350
High Point 300 $123,380
Greensboro 300 $123,380
Winston 200 $123,590
Salem 200 $123,590
Asheville 110 $114,220
Hickory 100 $126,570
Lenoir 100 $126,570
Morganton 100 $126,570
New Bern 80 $109,770
Wilmington 60 $129,720
Fayetteville 40 $130,240
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 140 $120,670
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 1480 $127,930
Elyria 1480 $127,930
Columbus 1240 $126,980
Dayton 530 $126,180
Akron 500 $120,020
Toledo 350 $117,130
Massillon 80 $111,050
Canton 80 $111,050
Mansfield 50 $101,890
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 950 $119,640
Tulsa 670 $117,550
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 100 $113,910
Corvallis 90 $133,780
Salem 80 $111,500
Redmond 60 $111,620
Bend 60 $111,620
Medford 40 $99,690
Albany 40 $105,920
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1850 $132,810
Harrisburg 320 $120,530
Carlisle 320 $120,530
Hanover 240 $127,040
York 240 $127,040
Reading 190 $140,100
Wilkes 170 $118,800
Hazleton 170 $118,800
Barre 170 $118,800
Scranton 170 $118,800
Lancaster 160 $124,640
Erie 80 $114,250
State College 80 $141,850
Johnstown 40 $139,060
Chambersburg 30 $98,160
Waynesboro 30 $98,160
Altoona 30 $98,620
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 630 $98,430
Caguas 630 $98,430
San Juan 630 $98,430
Ponce 140 $70,260
Isabela 40 $101,220
Aguadilla 40 $101,220
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 580 $125,430
Mauldin 580 $125,430
Greenville 580 $125,430
Charleston 550 $112,670
North Charleston 550 $112,670
Columbia 350 $113,660
Spartanburg 170 $95,640
Florence 80 $133,030
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1130 $108,300
Franklin 1130 $108,300
Davidson 1130 $108,300
Nashville 1130 $108,300
Knoxville 590 $126,340
Johnson City 130 $93,840
Cleveland 70 $123,640
Jackson 40 $99,330
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 4520 $170,400
The Woodlands 4520 $170,400
Sugar Land 4520 $170,400
Fort Worth 3710 $141,740
Dallas 3710 $141,740
Arlington 3710 $141,740
Round Rock 1020 $150,010
Austin 1020 $150,010
New Braunfels 420 $129,510
San Antonio 420 $129,510
Corpus Christi 220 $143,980
Midland 220 $165,520
Port Arthur 210 $144,310
Beaumont 210 $144,310
El Paso 70 $125,040
Amarillo 60 $136,280
Longview 50 $146,010
Temple 40 $126,380
Killeen 40 $126,380
College Station 30 $128,400
Bryan 30 $128,400
Waco 30 $131,740
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Orem 420 $124,340
Provo 420 $124,340
Clearfield 340 $130,310
Ogden 340 $130,310
Salt Lake City N/A $120,610
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 180 $122,690
Burlington 180 $122,690
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 480 $128,680
Lynchburg 140 $127,450
Charlottesville 100 $129,720
Christiansburg 90 $121,060
Blacksburg 90 $121,060
Radford 90 $121,060
Roanoke 80 $106,770
Waynesboro 30 $90,920
Staunton 30 $90,920
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 3080 $151,730
Bellevue 3080 $151,730
Seattle 3080 $151,730
Richland 590 $146,470
Kennewick 590 $146,470
Spokane 130 $119,730
Spokane Valley 130 $119,730
Bremerton 90 $129,450
Silverdale 90 $129,450
Bellingham 90 $131,610
Olympia 40 $110,270
Tumwater 40 $110,270
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 60 $122,180
Morgantown 30 $124,640
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1510 $117,010
Waukesha 1510 $117,010
Milwaukee 1510 $117,010
Madison 520 $119,740
Appleton 160 $112,020
Green Bay 140 $102,420
Sheboygan 140 $118,260
Neenah 120 $106,430
Oshkosh 120 $106,430
Eau Claire 110 $102,080
Wausau 100 $90,340
Racine 90 $103,190
Beloit 40 $101,810
Janesville 40 $101,810
Fond du Lac N/A $106,630
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 60 $104,130

Most Popular Industries for :
Engineering Managers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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