Professional Certificate of Competency in Project Management for Engineers & Technicians

Course Duration
  • 3 Months
Course Study
Study Mode
  • Online
  • Online Engineering Management
Course Location
  • Online
Course Code
Course Code
Course Intakes
  • 10 September 2024
  • 11 March 2025
Course Type
Course Type
  • Professional Certificate
  • UK
  • Engineering Management
Course Fees

Course Overview

This professional development course is designed for engineers and technicians who need practical skills in project management and leadership in the engineering field.

Course Benefits

  • You may be eligible to claim CPD points through your local engineering association.
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion from EIT.
  • Learn from well-known faculty and industry experts from around the globe.
  • Flexibility of attending anytime from anywhere, even when you are working full-time.
  • Interact with industry experts during the webinars and get the latest updates/announcements on the subject.
  • Experience a global learning with students from various backgrounds and experience which is a great networking opportunity.
  • Get in demand skills in project management and leadership in the engineering field.
  • Study critical project-related activities like work breakdown structure, scheduling, cost control, and risk management and their applications.
  • Learn about various quality management procedures, Earned Value Analysis method and ways to avoid pitfalls due to legal issues pertaining to projects.
  • All topics in this course will be supplemented with practical exercises focusing primarily on the areas of electrical, electronics, instrumentation, and mechanical engineering.
  • This course will give you the opportunity to work on practical exercises, small projects from your work environment.

Course Details

More and more engineering and technical professionals are making career transitions from product design into project management. This, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical knowledge in the world will not deliver a project successfully, with the necessary level of quality, within cost constraints and on time, without proper project management skills.

Unfortunately, very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal project management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blow-outs and other woes.

To address this problem, the course will focus on the critical project-related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control, and risk management, and show how these can be performed with software to lighten the project manager’s workload.

You will learn how to introduce appropriate quality management procedures, keep your projects on track using the ‘Earned Value Analysis’ method, exercise an appropriate leadership style and keep team members creative and motivated, and avoid the pitfalls caused by a lack of understanding of the legal issues pertaining to projects.

Aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also covered. All topics will be supplemented with practical exercises focusing primarily on the areas of electrical, electronics, instrumentation, and mechanical engineering. If you wish to do so, you can choose, as a basis for the practical exercises, small projects from your work environment.

The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as creating quality project plans, effective work breakdown structures, and computerized PERT and Gantt charts. You will also learn to define appropriate cost reporting mechanisms for your projects, analyze and manage the associated risks, use appropriate software to leverage your time and expertise, and deal with projects that have a significant degree of inherent uncertainty or a strong emphasis on timely completion.

MODULE 1: Introduction

  • Project definitions
  • Project life cycles
  • Professional Bodies of Knowledge
  • Project organizations
  • Project success criteria
  • Critical success factors

MODULE 2: Fundamentals

  • Quality project plans
  • Work breakdown structures
  • Assignment for Modules 1 & 2: Developing a Work Breakdown Structure

MODULE 3: Time Management

  • Critical path method
  • Precedence method
  • Gantt charts

MODULE 4: Fundamentals

  • PERT charts
  • Resource levelling
  • Progress monitoring and control
  • Software Selection
  • Assignment for Modules 3 & 4: Generating PERT and Gantt charts

MODULE 5: Cost Management

  • Cost estimating
  • Estimating methods
  • Forecast final cost
  • Budgeting
  • Financial control
  • Change control
  • Assignment for Module 5: Tracking cost variations

MODULE 6: Earned Value Analysis and Management

  • EVA/EVM concept
  • Definitions
  • Examples and case studies
  • Assignment for Module 6: Calculating EVA parameters

MODULE 7: The Project Manager

  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Management/leadership theories
  • Cultural influences
  • Authority and power of the project manager
  • Project management functions
  • Project manager selection

MODULE 8: Quality Management

  • Quality concepts and definitions
  • Quality management fundamentals
  • Supply chain relationships
  • Quality assurance systems
  • ISO 9000:2005 quality system guidelines
  • Assignment for Modules 7 & 8: Quality structures and processes

MODULE 9: Risk Management

  • Definitions
  • Risk management
  • Risk identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk treatment
  • Assignment for Module 9: Risk analysis for given project

MODULE 10: Contractual Issues

  • The Commonwealth legal system
  • Attributes of contracts
  • Procurement strategies
  • Tendering
  • Extensions and termination of contracts
  • Remedies for breach
  • Assignment for Module 10: Questions on selected legal case studies

MODULE 11: Evaluation of Financing Options for a Project

  • Overview of Financial statements
  • Time lines of Money
  • Compounding
  • Discounting
  • Future Value of Money

MODULE 12: Time Value of Money and Related Concepts

  • Present Value
  • Present Values of Multiple Cash Flows
  • Net Present Value (NPV) of Multiple Cash Flows
  • Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
  • Assignment for Modules 11 & 12: Establishing Internal Rate of Return

To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars.  Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance.  In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes.  If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.

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John Lawrence is extensively associated with the Diamond and Gold mining industries in Southern Africa, and has over 20 years of experience as a project and departmental manager for a multinational oil company, focusing on designing and managing the infrastructure of the telecommunications, data communications and IT systems.

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You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This program has a 65% attendance requirement in the live webinars in order to graduate from the program.  If you are unable to attend the live webinars, you have the option of watching the recording of completed webinars and sending a summary of what you have learnt from the webinar to the Learning Support officer.  The summaries go towards your attendance requirement for the program.

This program is run online on an intensive part-time basis and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.

We understand that sometimes work commitments and personal circumstances can get in the way of your studies, so if at any point you feel that you are struggling with the pace of the course or finding a particular module challenging, you are encouraged to contact your designated Learning Support Officer for assistance.

Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.

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