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Every process requires a manager to oversee operations. Engineering managers make sure projects remain on time and stay within budget. You will also work with customers, business partners, and engineering to generate feedback that can be used to improve projects throughout the design process. Finally, you will report the project status to senior management, and spearhead issues that arise during the project.
If you have experience within engineering and believe this role fits your capabilities, please contact Randstad Canada today. We can help you explore your engineering career options.
Engineering managers work in an office environment. However, you will spend a portion of your time onsite where projects or products are designed. This can include construction sites, computer labs, and manufacturing facilities. This is a full time position, with the need to occasionally work evenings and weekends to address project issues and meet deadlines. Some travel is part of the role to visit clients, production locations, and attend industry events. Engineering managers report to a senior engineering manager or directly to the client.
Engineering manager roles are known for their high earning potential. It’s a lucrative position that comes with an average annual salary of just under $120,000. Professionals with this job title generally have a starting salary of about $85,000. Over time, you can make more than $170,000 per year, with the opportunity to increase your income further with performance bonuses and other incentives.
Engineering managers have a long list of responsibilities that make up their role. Here are some of the many day-to-day tasks that you will be responsible for:
Engineering managers typically work for engineering firms in a B2B environment. They offer engineering, product, and process development to companies in retail, manufacturing, IT and many other industries. You can work directly for an organization or for an engineering consulting company. Opportunities are available in cities across Canada, and in particular, the Greater Toronto Area, Kitchener-Waterloo Region, Ottawa, and Vancouver, to name a few. Your area of engineering specialization will impact the location of available opportunities.
Successful engineering mangers possess a combination of skills. They specialize in a particular type of engineering, have strong technology skills and strong business acumen. Some of the top skills hiring companies are looking for in engineering managers include the following:
Engineering managers are required to have at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or related field. The type of degree required depends on your area of engineering specialization. Most hiring companies prefer candidates to have a master’s degree as well as more than 5 years of related experience. Engineering or business certifications related to the role are an asset.
It is the goal for many engineers to work up to a management role within their area of specialization. Most engineering managers stay within their current role long term. The next step up in your career is to work toward a senior engineering manger role. Some engineering managers choose to specialize in a particular process or industry, and work up to a director role.
If you are looking for engineering management level positions, working with Randstad Canada can help you gain access to the career opportunities you are looking for. Contact us to start your search.