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

    • $2,355 Weekly Pay
    • 21,400 workers Employment Size
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 95.8% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44.1 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 17.3% female Gender Share

    The number of Engineering Managers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 21,400 in 2017 to 23,800 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
    • Location: Engineering Managers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95.8%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.4%).
    • Gender: 17.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200712500
    200815900
    200915000
    201019900
    201114200
    201218000
    201319600
    201421700
    201518800
    201618200
    201721400
    202223800

    Weekly Earnings

    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

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services30.8
    Construction14.3
    Manufacturing13.8
    Mining9.9
    Other Industries31.2

    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 2017, 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
    NSW31.031.6
    VIC22.626.2
    QLD22.719.7
    SA8.26.7
    WA11.010.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT1.21.1
    ACT2.01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-190.0-5.25.2
    20-241.2-9.99.9
    25-3417.1-23.623.6
    35-4430.2-21.721.7
    45-5433.8-20.820.8
    55-5911.3-8.88.8
    60-643.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.3-4.04.0

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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    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.

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

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9041.00 - Architectural and Engineering Managers.

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