Engineering Manager

As an engineering manager, you manage engineering operations and deal with issues. You manage the budgets, timelines and people involved in construction or civil engineering projects. Engineering managers work both in the office and on a work site. Having good practical and people skills is important, with strong attention to detail. It helps to have an interest in technical design.



  • Salary 
  • National and international work opportunities
  • Professional role
  • Working in an office and outdoor settings 
  • Technical work 
  • Many career options 

A typical day may involve:

  • interpreting plans, drawings and specifications
  • setting up project schedules and budgets
  • implementing engineering strategies, policies and plans
  • providing advice on engineering methods and procedures
  • complying with laws, regulations and safety standards
  • meeting quality, cost, safety, timeliness and performance standards
  • working with other professionals on construction and project design
  • hiring engineering staff
  • managing engineering staff

It helps to be good at:

  • managing projects and people
  • communicating clearly
  • planning for various scenarios
  • solving problems
  • keeping things organised
  • working calmly under pressure

Qualifications/pathway options:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (4 years)
  • Postgraduate studies are also common for specialist fields. 

You may be able to work in:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Aviation
  • Electronics

Related Roles

  • Civil engineer

  • Structural engineer

  • Transport engineer


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