What Is Applied Engineering Management?

Applied engineering management is the managing, implementing and directing of engineering technology from the point of inception by the research department to the finished product. Continue reading to learn more about this engineering field. Schools offering Computer Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Applied Engineering Management

The word 'applied' means to put to use in a practical manner. Therefore, applied engineering management involves the process of solving an engineering management challenge of a company by applying a specific practice in engineering management or by using specific engineering management knowledge and skills. An 'applied' engineering manager oversees the engineering functions and staff (engineers) of an organization by implementing measurable techniques and practices.

Important Facts About This Occupation

Median Salary (2015) $85,352 (for engineering project managers)
Similar Occupations Senior Mechanical Engineer, Construction Project Manager, Manufacturing Engineer
Professional Certification The Engineering Manager Professional Certification is available through the American Society for Engineering Management
Key Skills Analytical, organizational, detail oriented, and communication skills
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 2% growth (for architectural and engineering managers)

Sources: Payscale.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Types of Issues or Challenges

There are many types of practical, concrete problems that a company may face that the engineering manager must solve. Issues may fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • People and Organization Management: This may include managing human resources (HR), motivating employees, hiring team members, designing organizational structure and managing change.
  • Financial Management: A manager may oversee the financial operations of technology-related projects and may use financial techniques and data to help with decision-making.
  • Project Management: In applied engineering management, engineering and management knowledge and competencies are used to oversee technology projects and project workers from beginning to completion in order that a project's goals and timeline are met.
  • Supply Management: This may involve locating the materials, suppliers and partners that are needed in the production of technology-related products. It may include the process of checking certifications and testing to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Product Management: This has to do with overseeing existing product production and determining the need for cost reduction or increased production efficiency.
  • Intellectual Property Management: A manager must protect a company's intellectual property through decision-making, trade secrets, copyrights and patents.

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