Engineering Managers

ANZSCO ID 1332

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
28,600
Future Growth
11.7%
Weekly Earnings
$3,610
Full-Time Share
94%
Female Share
9%
Average age
45

Summary

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

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

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Below average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Administrative
  • Enterprising
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary

Outlook

Employment Outlook

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.

Projected Change
11.7%
(or 2,800 jobs)
From
24,100
in 2021
To
26,900
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 13,700
2012 20,900
2013 20,500
2014 21,500
2015 15,600
2016 19,600
2017 19,400
2018 19,900
2019 24,700
2020 26,900
2021 24,100
2026 26,900

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • 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)

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.
Earnings Engineering Managers All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 3,610 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
34.2%
2
Manufacturing
22.6%
3
Construction
12.1%
4
Mining
8.6%
5
Other industries
22.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

29.9% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.9% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

18.4% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.7% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

16.5% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.2% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.8% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.6% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Engineering Managers All Jobs Average
NSW 29.9 31.6
VIC 24.9 25.6
QLD 18.4 20.0
SA 6.7 7.0
WA 16.5 10.8
TAS 1.2 2.0
NT 0.8 1.0
ACT 1.6 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
45
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
9%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Engineering Managers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 1.0 9.3
25-34 15.6 22.9
35-44 30.9 22.0
45-54 30.7 21.6
55-59 11.4 9.0
60-64 6.5 6.0
65 and Over 3.9 4.2
Median Age 45 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

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.

Visit

  • 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)

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 Qualification Engineering Managers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 23.9 10.1
Bachelor degree 44.3 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 14.0 11.6
Certificate III/IV 13.5 21.1
Year 12 3.0 18.1
Year 11 0.5 4.8
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

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 63%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 61%

    Critical thinking

    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.

  • 61%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 59%

    Active listening

    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.

  • 59%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 59%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 59%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 57%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 57%

    Negotiation

    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.

  • 55%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 54%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 54%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 50%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 50%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 48%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 46%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 87%

    Engineering and technology

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

  • 80%

    Technical design

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

  • 76%

    Mathematics

    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.

  • 65%

    English language

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

  • 64%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 61%

    Physics

    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.

  • 51%

    Chemistry

    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.

  • 47%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 46%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 43%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 68%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 66%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 64%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 64%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 63%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 63%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 63%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 63%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 59%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 59%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 59%

    Working with numbers

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  • 57%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 57%

    Near vision

    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).

  • 55%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 55%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 54%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 52%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 50%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.


Activities

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.

  • 75%

    Thinking creatively

    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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 67%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 67%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 57%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 24%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 19%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 86%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 86%

    Independence

    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.

  • 86%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 76%

    Recognition

    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.

  • 71%

    Support

    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.

  • 57%

    Relationships

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 100%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 98%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 94%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 90%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 89%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 88%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 87%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 84%

    Time pressure

    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.

  • 66%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 65%

    Competition

    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.


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