Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow strongly
- is likely to reach 26,900 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 94% of people employed as Engineering Managers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than two-thirds of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $3,610 per week, this is much higher than weekly earnings for all jobs ($1,593).
Median hourly earnings are $96, this is much more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Engineering Managers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Engineering Managers||All Jobs Average|
Around 73% of Engineering Managers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Perth - North West
- Melbourne - Inner
- Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby
- Perth - South West
- Perth - South East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Engineering Managers is 45 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.
Females make up 9% of the workforce. This is 39 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Engineering Managers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor or postgraduate degree in a relevant engineering field is usually needed to work as an Engineering Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Engineering Managers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||23.9||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.9||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Engineering Managers who are organised, with strong people skills and strong attention to detail.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
61%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
59%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
59%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Talking to others.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
57%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Using maths to solve problems.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
87%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
74%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
74%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
70%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
59%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
57%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
56%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
55%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
54%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
54%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
48%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Communicate by speaking.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
59%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
57%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
See details that are far away.
50%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
80%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
76%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
75%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
75%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
74%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
74%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
73%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
73%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
71%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
70%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
69%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
69%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
67%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
65%Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts
Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
58%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
57%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
56%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
56%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
53%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Use electronic mail.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
94%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
89%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Work with people in a group or team.
87%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
Work to strict deadlines.
84%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
84%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
83%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
81%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
81%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
78%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
73%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
73%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
63%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
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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.