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Engineering Management Degrees

Through the combination of business and management acumen with technical expertise, engineering management degrees are designed to play a key role in preparing the next generation of managers in the engineering sector.

Engineering is a broad discipline which applies scientific, economic, social and practical factors to the design, building, maintenance and improvement of structures, machines, devices, systems and materials. It is typically divided up into civil and structural engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering, with many further sub-specializations in each field. Management applies social, economic, theoretical and practical factors to the coordination, planning, organizing, staffing and leading of all aspects of an organization, through the strategic direction of human, financial, technological and natural resources.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from an engineering management degree include:

  • Specialist knowledge of engineering management theories, methods, practices and strategy
  • Advanced understanding of engineering principles, issues, theories and implications
  • Advanced understanding of business practices, organizational behavior and management skills
  • Strong understanding of how engineering processes interact with aspects of business management
  • Strong knowledge of relevant mathematics and science topics
  • Knowledge of current global markets and issues within engineering management
  • Ability to use software to construct and use simple mathematical models
  • Ability to carry out basic manufacturing and testing procedures
  • Ability to coach, mentor, motivate and provide constructive feedback to technical professionals
  • Knowledge of health and safety, economic, environmental and ethical concerns
  • Understanding of engineering drawing and computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Strong leadership, teamwork and project management skills
  • Problem-solving skills (within both management and engineering)
  • Analytical and quantitative skills, including ability to interpret data
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-management skills, including planning and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to make technical oral presentations and write technical and performance reports
  • General research and IT skills
  • Foreign language skills (depending on modules taken, and if placement year was taken abroad)
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