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Architectural & Engineering Managers

Also called: Director of Engineering, Engineering Manager, Project Engineer, Project Engineering Manager

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What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
On the job, you would:
  • Manage the coordination and overall integration of technical activities in architecture or engineering projects.
  • Direct, review, or approve project design changes.
  • Confer with management, production, or marketing staff to discuss project specifications or procedures.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Hewlett-Packard HP SolidDesigner
Object or component oriented development software
  • C#
  • C++
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Made2Manage software
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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