What does an Architect and Engineering Manager do?
An architectural and engineering manager directs, plans, and coordinates activities, as well as spends time supervising employees in architectural and engineering companies. They are responsible for developing the overall concepts of new products and/or solving problems that may prevent its completion.
Architectural and engineering managers set schedules, create administrative procedures, and propose budgets for projects and programs. They mainly work in office environments. However, some may be found working in production plants, construction sites, or laboratories. Most work full-time often with pressure to meet deadlines and budgets.
How to Become an Architectural and Engineering Manager
Architectural and engineering managers typically need a bachelor’s degree in an engineering specialty or a professional degree in architecture. One may also gain business management skills by getting a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM or MsEM) or technology management (MSTM) or a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
These degrees can be obtained both before and during employment as a manager. In some cases, employers are willing to pay for this additional education. Classes in engineering management programs include engineering economics, quality control, financial management, accounting, and industrial and human resources management.
Classes for technology management programs include instruction in general management principles, project management, production and operations management, computer applications, safety and health issues, quality control, and statistics.
Job Description of an Architectural and Engineering Manager
The duties of an architectural and engineering manager can vary. However, managers typically create detailed plans and overall concepts for the development of new designs and products. They would be responsible for proposing budgets for products and programs and determine the need for equipment, staff and training. They would have the job of hiring and supervising staff and for checking the accuracy of their staff’s work and soundness of their methods. He or she confers and coordinates with other managers, such as those in marketing, finance, and contractors and equipment materials suppliers. They would also be expected to solve any problem that would prevent the completion of any product or program.
According to O*Net Online, this career field is reported to give people a sense of accomplishment as it is very results-oriented. This occupation also reports more independence as people are more likely to own and make decisions. Last, this career is reported to provide safe, and secure job conditions.
In addition to checking the latest career growth projections (which you can find from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Handbook), it is often useful to check out job boards in the location in which you’d like to live and work and research what hiring managers are looking for. This will also give you a sense of what salary you can make.
According to O*Net Online, if you are researching a career as an Architectural and Engineering Manager, you may find this position posted on job boards as Chief Engineer, Civil Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering, Engineering Group Manager, Engineering Manager, Engineering Program Manager, Principal Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Engineering Manager, and Project Manager.
National Center for O*NET Development. 11-9041.00. O*NET OnLine. Retrieved January 7, 2017, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-9041.00