Engineering managers usually supervise, plan and coordinate the engineering and technical operations within public and private organisations. There are up to 20 areas of specialisation.

Where engineering managers are employed

Engineering managers work in professional, scientific and technical services (except computer system design and related services), machinery and equipment manufacturing, water supply, sewerage and drainage services. Specialisations include aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, electronics, industrial, mechanical.


Full-time engineering managers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Pay scale Engineering managers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 1,073 people employed full-time as engineering managers compared with  892 in 2006.

How to become one

To become an engineer you usually have to study engineering at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects or assumed knowledge in one or more of English, maths, chemistry and physics are normally required. 

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing or registration requirements

In South Australia there are no licensing or registration requirements. Engineering is a self-regulated profession that focuses on professional recognition through membership to gain professional standing within the industry.

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

Engineers that have completed their training overseas may enter Australia with a pre-migration assessment from a professional body that indicates the status of their qualification(s) and or working experience.

Professional recognition can also be undertaken through the engineering industry professional body Engineers Australia. Overseas qualified engineers can access assessment of qualifications to determine recognition levels as well as eligibility for National Registers and Chartered Status eligibility.  Engineers Australia utilises a Competency Assessment process that can vary depending on individual circumstances.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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