Managers in Engineering, Architecture and Information Systems - What They Do

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

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.

Job titles

  • director, engineering research and development
  • electrical engineering service manager
  • engineering department manager
  • engineering manager
  • production engineering manager
  • manager, telecommunications engineering service
Employment Requirements

This is what you typically need for the job:

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering is usually 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 is usually required.

Essential Skills


  • Leading and Motivating
  • Recruiting and Hiring
  • Strategic Planning
  • Co-ordinating and Organizing
  • Allocating and Controlling Resources
  • Evaluating
  • Supervising


  • Planning
  • Projecting Outcomes
  • Analyzing Information
  • Researching and Investigating


  • Interviewing
  • Liaising and Networking
  • Professional Communicating
  • Advising and Consulting
  • Negotiating and Adjudicating