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Unit Group

0211 Engineering Managers

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.

Example Titles

  • director, engineering research and development
  • electrical engineering service manager
  • engineering department manager
  • engineering manager
  • manager, telecommunications engineering service
  • production engineering manager
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Main 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, 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.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering or a college diploma in engineering technology is required.
  • Extensive experience in an engineering discipline, including supervisory experience, is required.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers or certification as an engineering technologist (CET) is usually required.

Additional information

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

Classified elsewhere

  • Architecture and Science Managers (0212)
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers (0213)
  • Construction Managers (0711)
  • Engineers and supervisors of engineers (in 21 Professional Occupations in Natural and Applied Sciences )
  • Manufacturing Managers (0911)
  • Transportation Managers (0713)
  • Utilities Managers (0912)