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

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant engineering field to work as an Engineering Manager. Some Engineering Managers complete postgraduate studies.

    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

    All Engineering Managers

    • $3,427 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 17,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 47 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 9% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Engineering Managers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 21,400 in 2014 to 17,700 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Engineering Managers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Construction.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $3,427 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 47 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
    • Gender: 9% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200915000
    201019900
    201114200
    201218000
    201319700
    201421400
    201518800
    201618200
    201719600
    201823400
    201917700
    202419900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings34271460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services27.7
    Manufacturing23.4
    Construction10.1
    Public Administration and Safety8.1
    Other Industries30.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEngineering ManagersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.931.6
    VIC24.925.6
    QLD18.420.0
    SA6.77.0
    WA16.510.8
    TAS1.22.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEngineering ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-241.0-9.39.3
    25-3415.6-22.922.9
    35-4430.9-22.022.0
    45-5430.7-21.621.6
    55-5911.4-9.09.0
    60-646.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEngineering ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree44.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV13.5-21.121.1
    Year 123.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.9-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in a relevant engineering field to work as an Engineering Manager. Some Engineering Managers complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with Engineers Australia may be useful.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and technology

      87% Skill level

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

    2. Technical design

      80% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      76% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Customer and personal service

      74% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Computers and electronics

      74% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    The skills and 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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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      100% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      100% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      98% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      94% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Unstructured work

      90% Important

      Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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