An engineering group manager is responsible for overseeing the quality of group project work and provides necessary direction to ensure that the financial, administrative, and other duties within a project are met. They are typically in charge of large-scale projects commercial, manufacturing, or mechanical engineering projects for large business; they also may work contractually on a project-by-project basis.
Engineering group managers hold a supervisory position that is in charge of hiring, review, budget, staff training, and meetings. They also conduct hands-on work that requires extensive knowledge of mechanics and engineering along with maintaining complex equipment up to specifications to reduce wear and increase longevity. They perform calculations, testing, and analysis of engineered equipment. Engineering group managers manage their department, but they can work directly for clients or report to the top directors in the company.
The schedule for this job can include a substantial amount of weekend or evening work; travel to worksites may also be needed.
Engineering group managers typically need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a combination of an engineering education and other technical experience. They also may find it advantageous to have programming knowledge and have high computer literacy.
Engineering Group Manager Tasks
- Lead project teams to produce products and train younger engineers.
- Design and develop control units and electro-mechanical devices.
- Develop and manage maintenance teams, and monitor and ensure compliance preventative maintenance methods.
- Determine and exemplify engineering best practices.