Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in two workers have a university degree.

Tasks

  • determining, implementing and monitoring engineering strategies, policies and plans
  • interpreting plans, drawings and specifications, and providing advice on engineering methods and procedures to achieve construction and production requirements
  • establishing project schedules and budgets
  • ensuring conformity with specifications and plans, and with laws, regulations and safety standards
  • ensuring engineering standards of quality, cost, safety, timeliness and performance are observed
  • overseeing maintenance requirements to optimise efficiency
  • liaising with marketing, research and manufacturing managers regarding engineering aspects of new construction and product design
  • may contribute to research and development projects

Job Titles

  • Engineering Manager

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $2,355 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      stable
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      17200
    • Unemployment

      average
    • Male Share

      92.5%
    • Female Share

      7.5%
    • Full-Time Share

      95.2%

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    This is a medium sized occupation employing 17,200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
    Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Engineering Managers work in most parts of Australia.
    • They mainly work in: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Construction.
    • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $2,355 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200514200
    200615100
    200714100
    200815900
    200917600
    201016700
    201114900
    201220900
    201320500
    201421800
    201517200
    202017300

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsEngineering ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings23551230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryEngineering ManagersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time95.268.4
    Part-time4.831.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.840

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services47.6
    Manufacturing16.1
    Construction8.1
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services6.8
    Other Industries21.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEngineering ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.831.8
    VIC23.125.5
    QLD13.919.8
    SA7.56.8
    WA13.311.2
    TAS2.52
    NT11.1
    ACT1.91.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEngineering ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190-5.45.4
    20-241.1-9.99.9
    25-3420.3-23.423.4
    35-4433.2-21.721.7
    45-5425.2-21.121.1
    55-599-8.78.7
    60-646.6-5.95.9
    65 and Over4.7-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryEngineering ManagersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males92.5Males53.6
    Females7.5Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
    Around one in two workers have a university degree.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Engineering Managers who are organised, with strong people skills and strong attention to detail.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Engineering and Technology

      97% Important

      Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Design

      87% Important

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Mathematics

      85% Important

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Administration and Management

      80% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    5. English Language

      78% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Getting Information

      92% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      89% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    3. Interacting With Computers

      88% Important

      Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

    4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      87% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    5. Analyzing Data or Information

      83% Important

      Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

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