Design Engineering Manager

Career Area: Engineering

Occupation Group: Engineering Managers

Salary

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A typical Design Engineering Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $86,997

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $94,309

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Oversees and leads conception and execution of engineering product designs. Manages communication and coordination among different types of engineers, designers and analysts working on a project. Supervises project schedule, budget, and communications with stakeholders.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina75+10.1%
Nationwide1990+5.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Design Engineering Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Written Communication: Working experience of Written Communication, which involves any type of message that makes use of the written word. Written communication is the most important and the most effective of any mode of business communication.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Computer Aided Drafting/Design (CAD): Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer systems (or workstations) to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Engineering Design: The engineering design process is a methodical series of steps that engineers use in creating functional products and processes.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Design Engineering Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Product Design: Product design as a verb is to create a new product to be sold by a business to its customers.
  • Design and Construction: Experience working in teams or organizations that deliver projects in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity.
  • Process Design: In chemical engineering, process design is the design of processes for desired physical and/or chemical transformation of materials.
  • New Product Development: In business and engineering, new product development (NPD) covers the complete process of bringing a new product to market.
  • Finite Element Analysis: Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computerized method for predicting how a product reacts to real-world forces, vibration, heat, fluid flow, and other physical effects.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years9%
3 to 5 years38%
6 to 8 years20%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Project Engineer
  • Manager Osp Planning & Engineering Design
  • Engineering Manager
  • Manager Outside Plant Planning & Engineering Design
  • Senior Project Engineer

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