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Engineering Manager

Overview and Key Facts

three people looking at data on a laptop in a car under construction
Education
Education
Bachelor's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
$152,350
Job Growth
Job Growth
2.30%
(Below US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
195,500

What Do They Do?

An Engineering Manager could...

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Engineering managers not only have to be knowledgeable about engineering, but they also need the right skills to be a good manager. Engineering managers supervise and coordinate a team of engineers. There are many specific engineering fields in which they could work, including manufacturing, electrical design, nuclear engineering, software, aerospace, and many others.
Watch this video to find how a love of problem-solving led Cynthia Munerol, who has a degree in mathematics, to become a manager of construction and engineering at AT&T.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks an Engineering Manager might do:
  • Create a detailed schedule to accomplish feasible goals by setting specific deadlines, while taking into consideration possible delays and setbacks.
  • Use engineering skills to improve and troubleshoot a product.
  • Interact with senior management to understand and incorporate bigger-picture and longer-term goals for the company.
  • Work with other engineers to design a new product based on customer feedback.
  • Work with other engineers to improve, or tailor, a product based on specific customer needs.
  • Hire a person with the right skill set for a project.
  • Supervise and manage a team of engineers and others involved in a project to accomplish a goal by a specific deadline.
  • Meet with customers to understand their product needs and advise them on using a certain product.
  • Meet with customers to get feedback on a product.
  • Relay customer feedback on a product back to others in the company and discuss how the product should be improved, or how a new one should be designed.
  • Determine how to meet specific goals while staying within a tight budget.
  • Meet with people in sales and go over financial reviews and budgeting records to determine what financial avenues to pursue for the company.
  • Travel to meet with customers, and possibly collaborators, at other locations.
  • Write summaries and give presentations on a project and its progress.
  • Interact with specialists that may be required for a specific project.
  • Train customers in using the company's product.
  • Update senior management on the progress of a specific product or project.

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