Engineering managers (NOC 0211)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Engineering managers:

  • plan, organize and direct the activities of an engineering department, service or firm
  • work for a wide range of private sector and government establishments and for consulting engineering and scientific research companies
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Common job titles
  • chief, engineering delivery
  • director, engineering R&D
  • director, quality assurance / control QA / QC
  • director, safety service
  • head, aerospace engineering service
  • manager engineering, quality assurance


Engineering managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • plan, organize and direct the activities and operations of an engineering department, service or firm
  • develop and carry out 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, co-ordinate and review the technical work of the department or project teams
  • recruit employees and oversee development and maintenance of staff ability in required areas
  • may participate directly in the design, development and inspection of technical projects or in the engineering work of the department

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.