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Engineering Manager

Direct the delivery of complex engineering projects.

What's it like to be an Engineering Manager?

Engineering Managers are responsible for planning and directing an organisation’s technical operations. They oversee teams of engineers and work closely with architects and other professionals to oversee the successful delivery of civil engineering and construction projects.

Engineering Manager

Tasks and duties

  • Directing the formulation of engineering strategies, policies and plans.
  • Establishing project schedules, budgets, quality and safety standards.
  • Providing consultation and advice on engineering methods and procedures.
  • Liaising and collaborating with other professionals and departments including architects, marketing and construction managers.
  • Setting quality assurance-quality control (QA/QC), cost and safety standards and ensuring standards are met.
  • Overseeing selection and hiring of engineering staff.
  • Coordinating activities of engineering staff.
  • Interpreting plans and specifications and ensuring project conformity including any relevant laws and regulations.
  • Contributing to research and development projects.
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Engineering Managers employ a collaborative mindset and require a broad managerial skillset combined with engineering expertise. They often split their time between an office and work sites. They are employed by organisations in the professional, scientific and technical services, manufacturing and construction industries.

What can I earn as an Engineering Manager?

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Engineering Manager roles in Australia were typically advertised between $130k and $190k in the last 3 months.
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How to become an Engineering Manager


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A Bachelor of Engineering with honours is usually required to become an Engineering Manager. Completing a degree in engineering including a master’s usually takes a total of five or six years, depending on the specific course of study. Engineers Australia membership can be attained upon completing an accredited qualification and is renewable annually. Engineering Managers are also advised to join the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA).

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) accredited by Engineers Australia. This is usually a four-year course of study including three years of undergraduate level and one year of honours level study. Prerequisite subjects include English, maths, chemistry and physics.
  2. Consider completing further postgraduate study such as the Master of Engineering Management or Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management.
  3. Aim to secure an internship or placement while studying. This will provide you with valuable work experience.
  4. Upon graduating, attain your Engineers Australia membership and register with the National Engineering Register (NER).
  5. Become a member of the IPWEA.

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How do Engineering Managers rate their role?
Average ratings calculated from 28 Engineering Managers surveyed on SEEK
Work-life balance
3.8
Job satisfaction
4.1
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.5
Pay / Salary
3.5
Variety of work
4.0

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Latest Engineering Manager reviews

Latest reviews from 21 Engineering Managers surveyed on SEEK
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Aug 2019
Engineering can be exciting and challenging and with the right people extremely rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Mechanical Engineering
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Engineering
The good things
From an early age I knew my main discipline would be in the field of Engineering. Since achieving my Mechanical, I then completed my Electrical, and Horticulture. It is a field of wide and various app...
The challenges
working with valued educated peers is a must. working for accountants is by far the worst for obvious reasons. Keeping all parties focused on the key objective with safety being paramount
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Aug 2019
The wide range of tasks and responsibilities make it challenging but it is oh so rewarding.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business Administration
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Engineering
The good things
I get a great variety of work that is meaningful. The variety is challenging at times and it can be tough to keep up with the tasks but it is very rewarding. There is also respect that comes with the ...
The challenges
There can be a lot of pressure. Ultimately you are responsible for the decisions that are made and it is up to you to resolve issues and make some tough decisions. When others clock off, you may have ...
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