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
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 22,900 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) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 22,900 in 2018 to 26,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • 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

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200815900
    200915000
    201019900
    201114200
    201218000
    201319600
    201421600
    201518900
    201618400
    201719700
    201822900
    202326400

    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

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. 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

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      100% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      94% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      90% Important

      How much freedom do you have 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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