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Engineering managers

OaSIS code 20010.00

Engineering managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of an engineering department, service or firm.

Overview

Also known as

  • Director of engineering research and development
  • Electrical engineering manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Production engineering manager
  • Telecommunications engineering service manager

Main duties

This group performs 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, co-ordinate 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.

Additional information

  • Mobility to other technical managerial positions, or to research or senior management positions is possible with experience.

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Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Coaching and Developing Others
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
5 - Highest Level
Providing Consultation and Advice
5 - Highest Level
Team Building
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Consulting engineering companies
  • Private sector and government establishments
  • Scientific research companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Mathematical Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Numerical Ability
5 - Highest Level
Spatial Visualization
5 - Highest Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Coordinating
5 - Highest Level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Decision Making
5 - Highest Level
Management of Financial Resources
5 - Highest Level
Management of Material Resources
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Collaboration
5 - Extremely important
Leadership
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important