Engineering Project Management Training By Tonex
Engineering project management training course provides principals and practices of modern project management related to engineering projects.
In general, project management is defined as precisely planning, organizing, inspiring, and controlling human resources, budget, time, peers and superiors, vendors, and customers to accomplish specific goals while meeting certain desired standards and criteria. Such definition is valid for managing projects in all different fields including various types of engineering projects. An engineering project is a temporary job defined to generate a specific device, or provide a service, or construct a building or highway, or any other engineering task which has a definite start and ending stage, limited by time, budget, and deliverables, undertaken to accomplish certain goals and milestones. As engineering projects carry a temporary nature, against permanent nature of engineering operations or business, managing of such is often quite different from managing permanent engineering jobs which results in demanding for development of some unique, specific technical and management skills and strategies. The engineering project management training course helps you develop these skills and learn the effective strategies, as you are required to do for the specific project you are going to manage.
The main challenge of any engineering project management is to accomplish the objectives of the project within the defined scope, time frame, quality, and budget. The next challenge is to optimize the share of needed inputs in a way that even pre-defined goals of the project are met.
As you may know, Gantt charts were traditionally used for engineering project management in the United States. However, the modern project management era began, in 1950s, when the two mathematical project-scheduling models came to the market and replaced the informal and often not very accurate methods; The Critical Path Method (CPM) developed by DuPont Corporation and Remington Rand Corporation, and the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) developed by the United States Navy, Lockheed Corporation, and Booz Allen Hamilton. While both the CPM and PERT share some similarities, they demonstrate some differences too. CPM is mostly used when the amount of time for each task of the project is definite and known, whereas PERT is used when the time frames are unsure or varied. In the engineering project management training course, we introduce you to the both models so that you are able to apply whichever is necessary for the future projects.
Now that you are aware of the importance of project management, you might ask what the characteristics of effective project managers would be? How can you tell you are a successful project manager? What would be the measuring points and values to call a project manager an achiever? In general, the best project managers are those who satisfy stakeholders. In other words, if you consistently meet or exceed the projects’ goals within the defined time frame and budget, then you may call yourself an effective project manager. However, below are some of soft skills you need to develop in order to become an excellent project manager:
- You should be able to foresee potential problems. You should be prepared for whatever challenges and issues that can put the project in danger, including deadlines, budgets, quality of the work, and have a solution in mind for them.
- You should be very well organized. This obviously is not limited only to organizing your files, desk, schedule, etc., but it includes your ability to prioritize your tasks, avoid missing any deadlines, paying attention to details, while always focusing on big picture.
- You should know how to lead. It is no brainer that a star project manager is a star leader. You should know how to influence your team and your sponsors and have them think the way you want them to and act based on what you have in mind, without you directly order or request it. It is your job, as the project manager, to inspire and motivate all the project team members (either they directly report to you or not) because they all can affect the project’s results. Also, you need to be the source of inspiration to the sponsors and stakeholders when it comes to budget re-negotiations or extra funding and resources to complete the project.
- You should be an effective communicator. Proper communication is your only way to influence your team, peers, sponsors, vendors, and all other individuals who can somehow affect the project’s success. You should be able to use emails, meetings, phone calls, and status reports to stay updated, express your ideas, make decisions, and resolve problems.
- You should be realistic. You need to be able to get the job done as it is expected by utilizing the available resources to you.
- You should be understanding. You need to consider stakeholders’ concerns, understand them, and address them.
Our instructors at TONEX will help you first identify which skills you are missing and teach you how to develop them; or on which skills you need to work to strengthen them; or if you already posses all of these soft skills, how can you keep them strong and always flourished. Our instructors are chosen among the successful engineer project managers who have experienced managing and leading engineering projects first hand. Our instructors at TONEX meet IPMA and PMI standards and are committed to teach their trainees what it takes to become a topnotch project engineer.
Engineering project management training course encompasses topics relate to project concept selection, development planning, and engineering design; procurement; construction activities; schedule and cost management; risk management; resources (people and materials) management; and etc. Such training assists you, as the project manager, to make the best possible decisions within available resources and budget.
Engineering project management training course also teaches you what the six project management phases require. You will learn how to use key project management knowledge areas and project control.
Through engineering project management training course you will learn how project management process groups relate to one another, how execution plans are used to integrate the work effort, what tools are available for the project manager to use, what information will be generated, and what that information means.
Who Should Attend?
Engineering project management training is a 2-day course designed for:
- New project manager engineers
- Lead engineers
- Current project managers who are willing to improve or update their knowledge and learn new project management techniques
- Engineers, architects, scientists, technicians, and managers with project leadership responsibilities in engineering projects.
- Facility engineers, operations engineers, and purchasing personnel including team leaders and managers who plan, manage, or participate on multi-discipline project teams.
What Will You Learn?
- Overview of project management
- Project Plan Life Cycle
- Project Management Techniques
- Resource Planning
- Sequence Planning
- Project Costing and Tracking
- Project Risk Management
- Procurement Management
- Engineering Project Management