Engineering Manager

Engineering managers plan, administer and review engineering and technical operations.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Engineering Manager do?

Engineering managers plan, administer and review engineering and technical operations.


Work activities

As an engineering manager, you might:

  • direct the formulation of engineering strategies, policies and plans
  • ensure quality, cost, safety, timelines and performance standards are met
  • interpret plans, drawings and specifications
  • provide advice on engineering methods and procedures to achieve construction and production requirements
  • liaise with marketing, research and manufacturing managers concerning engineering aspects of new construction and product design
  • determine and put into place project and work schedules and budgets
  • ensure conformity with specifications and plans, as well as with laws, regulations and safety standards
  • control engineering staff selection and training
  • coordinate the activities of engineering staff.

Key skills and interests

To become an engineering manager, you would need:

  • excellent maths, science and IT skills
  • the ability to analyse complex problems and assess possible solutions
  • strong decision-making skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • budgeting skills
  • people management skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most engineering managers would work full time. You may be required to work shiftwork or be part of a roster system.


Most engineering managers spend their workday in an office. Some also may work in manufacturing plants, industrial premises or at construction sites.


How to become an Engineering Manager?

Entry Level Education

To become an engineering manager you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in engineering management or maintenance management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of engineering managers is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will largely reflect the growth of the industries in which these managers are employed.

For example, the engineering services industry is projected to grow strongly, adding the most engineering manager jobs. Engineering services is composed of consulting firms that provide services to many different industries. Civil engineering services related to the construction of large buildings, roads, and other infrastructure projects are the most common services provided by this industry. Demand for these services is expected to be high as the nation’s infrastructure needs repair and expansion. Mechanical and electrical engineering services are also commonly provided by this industry and will continue to be used on many different projects.

However, employment in manufacturing—one of the largest industries employing engineering managers—is projected to decline, slowing overall growth of the occupation.


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