What Is a Project Engineering Manager?
Project engineering managers oversee large scale engineering projects in a wide variety of industries, including software development, food processing and production, transportation, utility industries (water, electric, etc.), glassmaking, and other industries involved in engineering activities or where engineering is an intrinsic part of the industry. They are directly involved with overseeing the quality and cost of projects as well as their timely delivery and optimal performance. They are responsible for managing the overall technical scope of an engineering project including the definition of project scope, design, project parameters, and consultation with management on all phases involved in large scale projects. Such projects can include new engineering initiatives as well as organization-wide upgrades. They develop maintenance plans with a focus on process improvement and optimizing productivity, as well as planning duties for facility management. Project engineering managers provide engineering expertise and support at the strategic level for organization projects.
These managers serve as coordinators with third-party vendors and subcontractors in identifying costs for equipment as well as coordinating staff, preparing expenditure reports, and providing Bill of Materials (BOM). They assume responsibility in an organization's capital projects with respect to code and regulatory compliance. Project engineering managers conduct risk analysis on the project and prepare reports detailing risk mitigation measures. They serve in a supervisory capacity in the evaluation of engineering teams involved in the project. If there are potential technical issues looming on the project, project engineering managers work in a support role to establish protocols and procedures to address these issues.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Proficiency in AutoCAD; expertise in engineering principles; excellent written and oral communication skills; a strong understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations; problem-solving; management; risk assessment|
|Median Salary (2019)*||$89,787|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||6% (architectural and engineering managers)|
Sources: *Payscale.com **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Project engineering managers need a bachelor's degree. Employers largely prefer a bachelor's in engineering or a related field. Some employers also prefer certification as a licensed professional engineer. Additionally, prior practical engineering work experience is strongly desired by many employers.
Because project engineering managers oversee large capital engineering projects, they must possess expertise in engineering principles and methods as well as proficiency with engineering applications such as AutoCAD. Excellent written and oral communication skills are necessary because project managers coordinate with management with respect to project cost; they must communicate clearly with third-party vendors and subcontractors involved in the project, and they should have especially strong technical writing skills because they oversee all technical aspects of the project. Oversight of capital projects requires strong knowledge of various governmental laws and regulations for which the manager is responsible in terms of project compliance. Problems crop up in projects and managers must anticipate them and work to resolve them; thus, formidable problem-solving skills are imperative. Management ability is required because project managers oversee staff as well as the management of equipment, cost outlay, and other crucial factors related to capital projects.
Career Outlook and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the job growth rate for architectural and engineering managers between 2016 and 2026 is expected to be 6%. This growth rate is about as fast as average compared to all other occupations according to the BLS. In May 2019, Payscale.com reported that the annual median salary for project engineering managers was $89,787.
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