Engineering manager

What they do

Engineering managers plan, coordinate and oversee the technical and engineering activities of an organisation. They are responsible for planning engineering projects and overseeing the efficient running of projects, including providing supervision and guidance to other engineers. Their focus is on goals and the management of issues between business and delivery.

Engineering managers work across a wide range of industries and disciplines. For example, mainstream engineering is often divided into the four broad disciplines of chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering with each area covering a large range of fields.

Working conditions

Working conditions for engineering managers vary greatly depending on the organisation they work for and the industry in which they are employed. However, in most cases engineering managers will spend at least some of their time undertaking administrative and business management duties.

Engineering managers may work all over Western Australia, from remote mine sites to offices in the CBD. They may work on projects that range from designing, construction and maintenance of major structures like ships, heavy earth moving equipment, mobile cranes, offshore oil platforms and buildings.

Tools and technologies

The tools and technologies used by engineering managers will vary significantly depending on the type of work they are doing.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an engineering manager, you usually need to complete a degree in engineering. You may need to complete postgraduate study to specialise in some engineering disciplines.

Most employers will also require those working in engineering management roles to have a number of years’ experience in other engineering roles before transitioning to an engineering manager role.

You may improve your employment prospects if you also complete a formal qualification in management or leadership.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.