An engineering manager is a person who serves in a supervisory capacity to help oversee technical and engineering teams within a company. This manager will typically help guide engineering design decisions, as well as the implementation of projects. He or she will oversee the work performed and help to maintain schedules and meet deadlines. The engineering manager will also typically interface with customers, either directly or through a customer service department. Finally, this manager typically generates progress reports or problem resolution reports to upper management that detail how the manager's team has performed.
One of the primary job functions of an engineering manager can be one that is almost interchangeable with a product manager. In such a case, the manager might work with design engineers to establish the implementation for the product and then devise deadlines and schedules. From that point, the engineering manager would monitor team progress, moving resources around as needed. The engineering manager might also be in charge of setting budgets for his or her team. This manager would also closely monitor these figures to avoid unnecessary cost overruns.
To work as an engineering manager, a person must typically have a university degree within the specialty of the company. Many employers for this position may seek out persons with post-graduate degrees in management or engineering. An engineering manager will also typically accrue a great deal of practical experience in a lower-level position. Most engineering managers work in an office environment during the standard business week.
Engineering Manager Tasks
Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
Analyze technology, resource needs, and market demand, to plan and assess the feasibility of projects.
Plan, direct, or coordinate engineering activities and engineering teams.
Present and explain proposals, reports, and findings to clients.