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:

  • Be in charge of projects, using detailed plans to accomplish goals and think through, in advance, if a project will be successful.
  • Plan and direct the installation, testing, operation, maintenance, and repair of facilities and equipment.
  • Hire employees and assign, direct, and evaluate their work.
  • Come up with policies and how to follow them for the engineering work performed in the department, service, laboratory, or firm.
  • Review and write reports; enforce rules; and make decisions, including whether to buy specific materials or services.

Education/Experience Needed

An entry-level engineer needs a Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the equivalent. To view a list of available degree programs in your area, use the NEEN Program Locator.

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 Manager/Supervising Engineer Salary: $105,430
From O*NET 11/2017. Will vary depending upon geographic location.