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Engineering Program Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Provides support and/or lead teams through the Engineering development process and implementation of company's products. Projects are typically shorter-term, less complex and more contained with a defined time frame. Programs are typically longer-term, multi-functional, multi-project with complex requirements and effort. Manage activities, resource capability, schedules, budgets, and ensure cross company communications to facilitate product completion on schedule within budget. Work with engineering management to identify and improve process and program efficiencies.

Job Outlook

There were 96 Engineering Program Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3948 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Engineering Manager industry, which includes the Engineering Program Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Engineering Program Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $112,352.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $106,088.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Engineering Program Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $98,877.

Education and Experience

Posted Engineering Program Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree59%
Master's Degree41%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Engineering Program Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years5%
3 to 5 years47%
6 to 8 years21%
9+ years27%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Engineering Program Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (50%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (42%)
  • Planning (40%)
  • Problem Solving (26%)
  • Creativity (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Program Management (75%)
  • Project Management (43%)
  • Scheduling (35%)
  • Budgeting (32%)
  • Product Development (19%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Planning and Development Skills (16%)
  • Atlassian JIRA (9%)
  • Quality Management (8%)
  • Staff Management (8%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (7%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Lifecycle Management (6%)
  • Agile Development (6%)
  • Systems Development (6%)
  • Hardware Experience (5%)
  • Computer Engineering (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Engineering Program Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Engineering Program Manager
  • Engineering Manager II
  • Principal Engineering Program Manager
  • Director Of Systems Engineering

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Engineering Program Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Apple Inc. (380)
  • Medtronic (152)
  • Microsoft Corporation (129)
  • Google Inc. (104)
  • Crowdstrike (78)

North Carolina

  • Microsoft Corporation (7)
  • Netapp (5)
  • Deloitte (4)
  • Jm Huber Corporation (4)
  • Stanley Black & Decker (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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