The primary role of an Engineering Manager is to supervise junior engineers, coordinate production plans, improve manufacturing processes, and research new procedures and products. Many engineering managers are also responsible for budgeting and designing administrative procedures. Some travel may be required to visit construction sites and manufacturing plants, as well as client sites.
The Engineering Manager must be available on a flexible schedule. Most work in excess of a 40 hour work week, and may be contacted anytime if there is an emergency. They should possess good communication and people skills, as they are tasked with hiring and training support staff, negotiating contracts, and coordinating with upper management on projects.
Engineering managers must have technical knowledge of the engineering process to understand the work they are managing. By having this knowledge they can coordinate teams and review the work that they do more effectively.
Engineering Managers are responsible for leading and supervising a team of engineers as they develop, test, modify, and create solutions to technical problems. They direct and coordinate production, operations, quality assurance, testing, or maintenance in industrial plants.
Engineer managers are also required to analyze market demand and available resources, prepare budgets, bids, and contracts and improve manufacturing processes and develop overall concepts for new products. Engineering managers establish administrative policies, standards and procedures.
- Proficiency in administrative and analytical software
- Good judgment skills
- Delegation skills
- Quality control experience