Engineering management in professional practice
The research question was to determine the extent to which actual practitioners used engineering management (EM), and to differentiate usage by practice area and career stage. The results of a survey of NZ engineers show that engineering management is used to a moderate extent by the profession as a whole. The usage across practice area is broadly similar. The greatest variability is in usage though career stage. Several career phases are evident. Early career: Those newly out of graduation (say up to three years) tended to have roles where engineering management was only used to a slight extent or even Not at all. Development phase: At 3 yrs experience the median is for engineers to be using EM to a moderate extent. Mature phase: At 13 yrs engineers typically use EM to a moderate to great extent, and it is common that some use it to a very great extent. The results show that usage of engineering management varies with career stage, being initially low and becoming greater with job experience.