This program has been tailored to meet the needs of engineering and technical personnel and includes industry-relevant information.
Whether you are moving from a purely technical role to that of managing a business unit within a large organisation, setting up a small business or working as a freelance consultant – this program will provide you with key skills and industry-related knowledge in leadership and management.
Most engineering professionals, with jobs ranging from tradesperson, supervisor, technician or engineer, spend the majority of their careers in a leadership role to some extent, but an overwhelming number of them are often dissatisfied with the transition from ‘engineering professional to leader’. Technical people are often so engrossed with the technical aspects of their job, that they can lose sight of the need to be ‘managing people’ effectively – along with the other aspects of a business such as: financial, marketing, and projects. Much of this frustration is due to a lack of preparation and lack of appropriate skills training, a problem which this program aims to rectify.
Completing this program will build enormous value into your life and career – you will learn to focus on managing people and a business, all within an engineering and technical context without sacrificing quality or quantity of your own output. Tthe core principles of business are ultimately very similar. You will gain these skills through real life examples, exercises and assignments, all designed around, and focused for use in, the engineering and technical industries and trade applications.
One of the key challenges for technical professionals is effective, fair management and leadership of others within a small business or business unit of a large corporation. This program will provide you with the skills to motivate, communicate and manage staff, for peak performance, respect and productivity – it will update your leadership skills and position you to take on a (greater) leadership role in your corporation. You will understand the importance of creating results through and with people, starting with personal leadership and growing to being a leader of people. The key components of effective leadership are the ability to develop, motivate and equip people by being able to: communicate clearly, manage conflict, develop creativity and coach effectively. You will gain these skills, plus the knowledge and resources to immediately put them into effective practice.
The program commences with units on leading and managing workplace relationships and team effectiveness. The associated topic of ‘emotional intelligence’ is then covered. This ensures that you have a strong grasp of the basic principles of effective management, managing different personality types, interpersonal skills, leadership, communication skills and team management – all aimed at making you a better and effective manager. You will then cover management of operational plans where the overall business plan is applied to your business. Other components of this diploma include critical areas of: managing budgets and financial plans, developing a business plan, identifying threats and marketing opportunities.
A key element of all modern businesses is harnessing the digital and information technologies (IT), ranging from building web sites, use of emails, databases and even use of 3D printers – again all focused on the engineering and technical workplace. Further units covered include; managing risk (placed in a strongly practical and useful context) – something many managers are unfamiliar with. Finally, you will be exposed to the key skills in managing and running a project from a time, quality and financial aspect.
This program can be considered to be a ‘mini-MBA’, giving you all the key skills of working in or running a small business, or working within a business unit of a large company, multi-national, Government Department or other. This is an exciting and useful program, it will be presented online in a highly interactive way using web and video conferencing conveniently from your desk, using your tablet, computer, mobile phone or other device using highly experienced instructors. As noted earlier, a key element of this program which distinguishes it from others is that it will be tightly focused on a technical and engineering environment to augment the value to you.
The program is composed of 12 units which will be delivered over 12 months. Each unit includes weekly live webinars with an experienced instructor, set readings and assessments comprising of either written assignments, quizzes or short activities. The units are:
This program will benefit you if you are:
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Many engineering professionals tend to take on a role which encompasses management (and leadership) tasks at some stage of their career despite enjoying the technical aspects of their career.
Effective management, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical know-how in the world will not deliver a project successfully, i.e. with the required level of quality, within cost constraints and on time. Unfortunately very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blow-outs and other woes.
The lack of training often applies to the 'people skills' required for effective leadership as well. Critical project related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control and risk management, are important to understand. The 'soft' (but equally important) aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also critical.
EIT's School of Engineering Management thus focuses on project management with a interest in time, cost and risk management.
Frequently Asked Questions
"The modules on this course are very relevant to my needs, I aim to apply this knowledge to my workplace. I have a young family, they take up a lot of my spare time. I may have covered some of these learning elements in previous education, but this on-line method seems to give me a positive but different learning experience. This method is challenging but as I have control over study time it seems to enable me to absorb more material and also suits my present lifestyle." P. Lynch (Ireland)
"I like the flexibility of being able to be at home and not have to attend a site to conduct course. With busy life and work commitments, it is good to have the selection of two seminars." Anon
"Some interesting topics and quite varied. Not a lot of similar courses on the market elsewhere. The online delivery is convenient for other commitments I have and helps keep costs down." S. Sommerville (United Kingdom)
"I like the webinar facilitators the best as they use their experience and skills when delivering the webinars. They make EIT what it really is. I also the course content is very relevant. I am getting a lot out of the course and put in a big effort. It's a shame I'm not seeing the same back from EIT." B. Smith (Australia)
"John Lawrence is a really good instructor and engages the whole class." D. Shirreff (Australia)
"I am very happy with completing the course, learning new skills and having the new knowledge to use throughout my career. Each style of teaching and delivery of the material made the Diploma of Leadership & Management a course I will always remember as being a great learning curve and very enjoyable. When each facilitator adds their own experience when delivering the material, it makes learning and listening very enjoyable and helped me relate to different things." M.Ingham (Australia)