The Engineering Manager’s Field Guide

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As an engineering manager, you’ve got a tough job. Not only do you have to be a competent engineer in your own right, you also need management chops. And how do you get those? Formal training and experience, for the most part. But a growing number of mechanical engineering job postings ask for management skillsets not often taught in the classroom. What’s the best way to mentor a young engineer? How do you stay on top of emerging technology trends? You could ask around, or you could simply browse this field guide. We wrote it for you.

Page 3 - Keeping up with engineering and manufacturing technology

Keep abreast of the latest technology developments to ensure the company sees available opportunities for technical improvements in products and services, and/or cost reductions.

Page 6 - Onboarding junior engineers

Develop subordinates through leadership and mentoring including the creation of clear goals, objec- tives and performance metrics. Guide and mentor engineers through the use of proper tools in all problem-solving situations.

Page 9 - Mentoring junior engineers

Coach and mentor Mechanical Design Engineering staff to deliver excellence to every internal and external customer. Create clear goals, objectives and performance metrics.

Page 13 - Planning for wrongness 

Schedule and lead periodic internal design reviews with engineering staff. Schedule and lead periodic external design reviews with other key departments and/or customers. Ensure new designs are validated and tested to all requirements.

Page 16 - Should you hire? NOPE.

Perform manpower planning and Analyzes technology trends, forecasting for personnel

Page 19 - Should you hire? YES!

Analyzes technology trends, forecasting for personnel human resources needs and market demand to plan projects. Acquisi- tion of engineering personnel.

Page 22 - Must reads

A few posts that we didn't write but wish we had.

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