Engineering management is a technically based management program for the engineering fields. The combination of management concepts and technical focus allows working professionals and new graduates to acquire the management skills necessary to advance in today's technical world. Unlike a traditional MBA program, the ME in engineering management emphasizes skills specifically required in technology-based organizations, whereas an MBA curriculum focuses more on accounting and finance.
With today's expanding, global technology markets, managers must meet higher standards and have the right management skills to compete. Having to manage resources, products, and customers across the globe magnifies the organizational challenges and requires more sophisticated leadership and methods of measuring and analyzing performance. A degree or certificate in engineering management is an excellent way for new managers to develop management skills and become effective leaders of people and technology in their organizations.
EMP graduates work in management and senior roles across all engineering disciplines including quality assurance, staff systems, IT, systems engineering, software engineering, production management, project management and database engineering.
The Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program at CU- Boulder provides a qualitative, graduate-level curriculum that engages and attracts working engineers and technical professionals, providing them with the education to effectively assume management responsibilities, whether as members of a team or within an organization’s formal management structure.
Students may complete the master’s of engineering, or any of 10 graduate certificates and two professional certifications, 100 percent at a distance (participating live or asynchronously), or in the classroom interacting directly with faculty and fellow students.
CU’s Engineering Management Program integrates the technology, policy, and regulatory worlds, completing the set of skills and knowledge that executives and business leaders need. Courses are taught by PhD faculty with executive-level experience in the private sector as part of a curriculum with immediate applicability.
Although the EMP does not engage in traditional research projects, many students and alumni play active roles in research endeavors as part of their curriculum, internships, and careers. EMP students actively participate in market research, statistical modeling, data analysis, and research methods. Many students also are given an opportunity for direct application of their research through participation in EMP’s Center for Business Performance Improvement, a program offering clients world-class professional consultation by university faculty in their area of specialty as well as graduate student project work, depending on the objectives of the organization.
CU-Boulder alumni work across all engineering disciplines and technical industries from aerospace to telecommunications, as well as in government agencies. EMP graduates are working at AT&T, Ball Aerospace &Technologies, COBE Cardiovascular, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hughes Aircraft, IBM, Level 3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Micron Technology, NASA, U.S. West, to name just a few.
Employment of engineering managers is expected to grow 8 percent over the next decade, as fast as the average for all occupations. However, two industries experiencing more rapid growth include biomedical and environmental engineering, presenting the most promising job opportunities for future EMP graduates. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Earnings vary by specialty and level of responsibility. Median annual wages of engineering managers in the U.S. were $115,270 in 2008.
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