Entry Senior

Engineering Manager

About This Career

Engineering Managers plan, organize and direct the activities required to ensure oil and gas operations are safe, efficient, reliable and in compliance with all established contracts, agreements, policies, laws and regulatory procedures. They make or approve major operating, business, engineering and maintenance decisions.

Engineering Managers mentor, direct and align a team of diversely experienced engineers with the needs and goals of the business. They also guide the team to ensure any proposed engineering solution is efficient and realistic for the business.

Education: A post-secondary degree in engineering is typically required, along with extensive industrial experience that includes supervising others.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed in the exploration and production (E&P), oil sands, oil and gas services, and pipeline sectors of the oil and gas industry.

Example titles: Mechanical Engineering Manager/Lead, Electrical/Instrumentation Engineering Manager/Lead, Production Engineering Manager/Lead, Manufacturing Engineering Manager/Lead, Manager, Engineering Research & Development, Project Engineering Manager/Lead

Work Activities
Communicating with Persons Outside the Organization
Liaising and coordinating engineering issues with contractors during site activities.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Confering with management, production and marketing staff to discuss project specifications and procedures.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
Coordinating and reviewing the technical work of the department or project teams.
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Managing the coordination and overall integration of technical activities in engineering projects.
Directing, reviewing and approving project design changes.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
Presenting and explaining proposals, reports or findings to clients.
Performing Administrative Activities
Performing administrative functions, such as reviewing or writing reports, approving expenditures, enforcing rules and purchasing materials or services.
Performing Quality Assurance
Ensuring international engineering standards and best practices are adopted.
Ensuring plant and facility engineering and performance meets design expectations.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Reviewing, recommending and approving contracts and cost estimates.
Working with internal teams around costing and commercial oversight for projects.
Selling to or Influencing Others
Consulting or negotiating with clients to prepare project specifications.
Thinking Creatively
Planning and directing the installation, testing, operation, maintenance or repair of facilities and equipment.
Planning and Organizing
Administration and Management
Engineering and Technology
Management of Material Resources
Management of Personnel Resources
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Facilities Manager
  • Field Manager
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Project Manager
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How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • LNG export facility construction
  • Natural gas pipeline construction
  • Upstream construction
  • LNG operations

The level of experience required is significant, typically requiring 10 to 15 years on major projects, ideally in oil and gas, and at least five of those years on LNG or pipeline projects.

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Stress
    High Stress Situations
  • Office
    Office Based
Similar Jobs In Other Industries
Careers also exist in the following industries:
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Public administration, including regulatory
  • Utilities, including renewable energy
  • Wood product manufacturing
Job Details

Job Category

Business and Operations Support



Oil and gas services

Oil sands

Exploration and production



Qualifications + Experience


  • Post-secondary degree


  • H2S Alive
  • Standard and emergency first aid
  • Other health and safety training requirements are determined by specific job requirements


  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is usually required.