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Engineering Managers: Skills You Need to Master in 2022

Kimberly Forsythe
5 min readNov 7, 2021

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To be a leader as an Engineering Manager, you will need to acquire more than just the hard skills pertinent to the job. Engineers are one of the most sought-after professionals, but if the only thing you’re bringing to the table is the most basic skills, odds are you’re going to be lost in the crowd. So, what are the most in-demand engineering skills?

What Does an Engineering Manager Do?

As an Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for applying your engineering skills for directing, planning, and coordinating projects as well as managing employees. You will develop and refine concepts for new products and solve problems along the way to ensure the process moves along smoothly.

The skills you learn as an engineer will help you get a job in a multitude of industries. They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Engineering Project Manager
  • Construction Management Engineer
  • Director of Engineering
  • Cost Systems Analyst
  • Industrial Management Engineer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Senior Lead Analyst

Engineering Managers often work with almost every department within a company, including finance, marketing, sales, and also with contractors and suppliers. By directing each step of the engineering process from start to finish, you will quickly gain extremely valuable cross-disciplinary skills.

Turning Book Smarts into Real-World Skills

You’ve got your degree. Now, it’s time to dive in and master the real-world skills that every Engineering Manager needs to succeed. The more experience, hard skills, and soft skills you master, the more excellent opportunities will become available to you.

Leadership

Leadership is one of the essential skills that all Engineering Managers must master. In a highly competitive field, Engineering Managers must effectively lead others and motivate them to succeed. Being a good leader doesn’t mean that you have to lead by having power; instead, you need to lead by example. You should not only have…

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Kimberly Forsythe

I lean so far to the left that I circle back to the right & vice versa. Beware: I have a Paradox Mindset.