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What is Engineering Management?

The field of study, Engineering Management, is exceptional in that it lies at the interface between engineering and business; it contains elements of both as well as subjects unique to its own area of study. In practice, it combines the engineer’s technical problem-solving ability with business acumen and skills. A graduate of the CU Boulder Engineering Management Program is an engineer, scientist, or technical specialist who is a translator – a leader who can translate technical solutions into business reality.

Our course of study is designed for the student who intends to work in their current technical field and, at the same time, expand her or his leadership and management proficiencies. These proficiencies may be found in the minor (undergraduate) or any of the five specialty areas (graduate) the EMP offers. After the award of a certificate or degree, one returns to one’s field with skills that allow one to engage “at the conference room table” with vernacular and understanding that most engineers don’t have. This, in turn, may accelerate one’s career and open new career “doors” that didn’t exist before.

It is the intent of the CU Engineering Management Program to produce graduates who accelerate past their peers and serve in cutting edge entry-level and mid-career leadership and management roles. In these positions and with the education received in the EMP, they have the knowledge to provide exceptional leadership for their teams and, at the same time, have the skills to help their companies achieve their goals.

Employment of engineering managers is expected to grow two percent over the next decade. However, engineering managers in the engineering services industry (consulting firms) is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade. Civil, mechanical and electrical engineering services are expected to be high, presenting the most promising job opportunities for future Engineering Management Program graduates. (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Architectural and Engineering Managers (visited October 05, 2016).

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