Electrical engineering managers recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate staff, assigning them to projects and setting deadlines. They lead the design, development, and execution of engineering plans. Additionally, they collaborate with other departments to ensure that quality, marketing, and other goals are met. Sometimes they are required to estimate costs and produce periodic budgets and reports. Travel may be required depending on the company, and this travel may be domestic and/or international. This line of work is primarily mental and team-oriented, but some positions may require basic physical fitness (crawling, climbing, and lifting up to 75 pounds).
At a minimum, candidates for most electrical engineering manager positions must have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a related engineering discipline with at least 8 to 10 years of relevant engineering experience. Some companies may favor candidates with more advanced degrees. Prior management experience is a definite bonus. Some companies prefer candidates with professional engineer (PE) licensing. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel) is a must, and experience with Microsoft Project or Autocad is generally preferred. Occasionally, knowledge of Six Sigma is beneficial.
Since this is a management position, electrical engineering managers must have the ability to guide and influence others. In addition to strong leadership skills, they must have strong project management and team organization skills. Safety awareness is crucial, and candidates must recognize and follow regulations set by OSHA and the place of employment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are needed to ensure that all project team members are aware of their duties and the requirements of the project.
Electrical Engineering Manager Tasks
- Collaborate with other departments to ensure quality, marketing, and other goals are met.
- Lead design, development, and execution of mechanical engineering plans.
- Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate staff, assigning them to projects and setting deadlines.
- Estimate costs and produce periodic budgets and reports.