Engineering Managers

(NOC 0211)

in All Management

Engineering managers oversee activities of an engineering department, service or firm. They work for a wide range of private sector and government organizations and by consulting engineering and scientific research companies.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 35 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Engineering Managers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 75% of Engineering Managers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $97,743. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$23.00

Minimum

$48.08

Median

$82.05

Maximum

Annual Pay

$26,090

Minimum

$94,286

Median

$156,813

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Engineering managers oversee activities of an engineering department, service or firm. They work for a wide range of private sector and government organizations and by consulting engineering and scientific research companies.

Job duties

Engineering managers:

  • Oversee the operations of an engineering department, service or firm.
  • Develop and implement policies, standards and procedures for the engineering and technical work performed.
  • Consult and negotiate with clients to prepare specifications, explain proposals and present engineering reports and findings.
  • Assign, coordinate and review the technical work of the department or project teams.
  • Recruit staff and oversee their training.
  • May participate directly in the design, development and inspection of technical projects or in the engineering work of the department.

Sample job titles

  • engineering department manager
  • engineering manager
  • engineering research and development director
  • engineering service project manager
  • engineering service quality assurance manager
  • engineering service quality control department director
  • production engineering manager

Skills

You need strong leadership qualities and an ability to motivate others. You need excellent organizational, problem-solving, planning, and decision-making skills. You must have confidence and initiative, and you need excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) by a provincial association of professional engineers.

Other considerations

Extensive experience in an engineering discipline, including supervisory experience, is necessary. Movement to other technical managerial positions or to research or senior management positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

445

employed in 2016

97.8%

employed full-time

9.0%

self employed

9.0%
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91%
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50.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

77.8%

Halifax

7.8%

Cape Breton

7.8%

Annapolis Valley

4.4%

Southern

2.2%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

21.0%

Manufacturing

21.0%

Professional, scientific and technical services

14.8%

Public administration

9.9%

Utilities

7.4%

Construction

What is the age of Employment?

31.0%

45-54

26.0%

55-64

22.0%

35-44

17.0%

25-34

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

42.0%

Bachelor

$94,297 median annual income
23.9%

College Diploma

$93,982 median annual income
14.8%

Master

$95,702 median annual income
6.8%

Apprenticeship

N/A
5.7%

Diploma Above Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Apprenticeship

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Engineering - General

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class includes any program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to solve a wide variety of practical problems in industry, social organization, public works, and commerce.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

PO Box 550

Truro, NS B2N 5E3

(902) 893-6600

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Professional Engineer

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated. The job title is protected, and you may not use it without a professional licence. A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Engineers Nova Scotia
1355 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1Y9
(888) 802-7367
(902) 423-9769

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 

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