Career Pathways for Engineers

Manager/Supervising Engineer Track

A next step for engineers after several years of experience is moving into the manager/supervisor track. Managers/supervisors are still involved in day-to-day engineering work, but spend a majority of their time leading their teams and looking at how to improve the quality of power for the customers. Things they do include:

  • Being in charge of projects, using detailed plans to accomplish goals, and thinking through, in advance, if project will be successful.
  • Planning and directing the installation, testing, operation, maintenance, and repair of facilities and equipment.
  • Hiring employees; assigning, directing, and evaluating their work.
  • Coming up with policies and how to follow them for the engineering work performed in the department, service, laboratory, or firm.
  • Reviewing and writing reports; enforcing rules; and making decisions, including whether to buy specific materials or services.

Additional Education Required: While no additional degree is required, companies typically provide training in supervisory and leadership skills.

Number of years of experience: Typically 10 years.

Average Salary (Based on national average from O*NET. Will vary depending upon geographic location.): $105,430

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