Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of engineering and/or research and development teams and support technicians. As its name implies, this career fits between engineering and personnel management. To perform these tasks, it is helpful to have both an engineering degree, and experience working with a team. These people work with engineers to make sure the work gets done, but also work with administration to advocate for their team, and make sure expectations are realistic. 

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Manage the coordination and overall integration of technical activities on engineering projects.
  • Direct, review, or approve project design changes.
  • Consult or negotiate with clients to prepare project specifications.
  • Prepare budgets, bids, or contracts.
  • Present and explain proposals, reports, or findings to clients.

Recommended Credentials

Bachelor's or master's degree, 5+ years of work experience 

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Engineering Programs 
— Northwestern Michigan College

Elsewhere in Michigan


Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Master's in Engineering Management
 Michigan Technological University (MTU)

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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Check out Northwest Education Services’ Engineering AcademyRobotics & Automation, Electrical Occupations or a similar program.

Take advanced math and science classes at your school: Physics, Chemistry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, etc.

Apply to join advanced curriculum programs, such as Sci-Ma-Tech at Traverse City Central and West High Schools.

Ask your high school counselor about dual enrollment at NMC.

Pathway 2

NMC's Engineering program articulates to 7 Michigan Technological University (MTU) engineering programs. In the 2+2 Program, NMC Engineering students can transfer to Michigan Tech as a junior, saving you a lot of time and money! You will graduate with both an Associate's degree from NMC and a Bachelor's degree from MTU.

Pathway 3

Transfer to a 4-year university to complete your degree in engineering.

Consider post-graduate education to advance your career, for example:

Master's in Engineering Management at MTU


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Director

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Engineering Manager

Real World Career Pathways

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