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Engineering Managers

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NOC:0211
Occupation:Engineering Managers
Category:Management

About the job

Nature of work:

Engineering managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of an engineering department, service or firm. They are employed by a wide range of private sector and government establishments and by consulting engineering and scientific research companies.

Job duties:
Engineering managers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities and operations of an engineering department, service or firm.
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed in the department, service, laboratory or firm.
  • Consult and negotiate with clients to prepare specifications, explain proposals and present engineering reports and findings.
  • Assign, coordinate and review the technical work of the department or project teams.
  • Recruit personnel and oversee development and maintenance of staff competence in required areas.
  • May participate directly in the design, development and inspection of technical projects or in the engineering work of the department.
Sample job titles:
  • engineering department manager
  • engineering manager
  • engineering research and development director
  • engineering service project manager
  • engineering service quality assurance manager
  • engineering service quality control department director
  • production engineering manager
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you need strong leadership qualities and an ability to motivate others. You need excellent organizational, problem-solving, planning, and decision-making skills. You must have confidence and initiative, and you need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Job requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree in engineering is usually required.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is usually required.
Other considerations:

Extensive experience in an engineering discipline, including supervisory experience, is required. Mobility to other technical managerial positions or to research or senior management positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Engineering Managers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 76% of Engineering Managers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $97,743. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Engineering Managers405decline40Moderate
Minimum: $24.73
Median: $46.15
Maximum: $67.31
Minimum: $26,090
Median: $94,286
Maximum: $156,813
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Engineering ManagersCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time99%93%
Percent self-employed7%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentEngineering ManagersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern4%x12%$30,581
Northern2%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton8%x13%$32,974
Halifax79%$88,76247%$41,209
Annapolis Valley8%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeEngineering ManagersCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/A2%
25-3413%13%
35-4444%24%
45-5435%32%
55-648%23%
65+4%6%
Median Age5049
GenderEngineering ManagersCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
Female10%41%
Male90%59%
EducationEngineering ManagersCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx6.2%$30,033
High schoolx$80,97623.5%$37,496
Trades certificate6.8%$83,5837.0%$41,701
College certificate or diploma23.9%$78,48420.6%$45,432
University certificate or diploma4.5%$93,1663.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree42.0%$93,26127.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diploma5.7%$84,7601.9%$74,902
Master's degreex$83,6589.2%$81,234
Doctorate13.6%$111,4920.8%$83,359
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry2.3%x0.1%$79,443
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Info@MaritimeCIM.com

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Engineering - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Mathematics - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. These programs include courses in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Organizational leadership
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. These programs include courses in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.
See all institutions providing this program+
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
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