Engineering Manager  What They Do

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Architectural and Engineering Managers Career Video



Plans, directs or coordinates activities in such fields as architecture and engineering, or research and development in these fields.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Manages the coordination and overall integration of technical activities in architecture or engineering projects.
  • Directs, reviews, or approves project design changes.
  • Confers with management, production, or marketing staff to discuss project specifications or procedures.
  • Presents and explains proposals, reports, or findings to clients.
  • Consults or negotiates with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Prepares budgets, bids, or contracts.
  • Assesses project feasibility by analyzing technology, resource needs, and market demand.
  • Directs recruitment, placement, and evaluation of architecture or engineering project staff.
  • Reviews, recommends, or approves contracts or cost estimates.
  • Develops or implements policies, standards, or procedures for engineering and technical work.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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