A-Z of Project Management for Engineers and Managers

A-Z of Project Management

A Live Course on Proven Project Management Best Practices for
Engineers, Managers and other Professionals

Credit: 7.5 PDH’s (1 -Days); 0.75 CEU’s
Lead Instructor: Bobby Rauf, PE, CEM, MBA

Brief Program Description and Objectives:

This course caters to Engineers, Facilities Managers, Construction Supervisors, Energy Professionals, and Technicians, who are directly or indirectly responsible for operation of manufacturing and institutional facilities, safe execution or completion of projects -projects involving construction, start-up and commissioning of manufacturing, commercial, and institutional facilities. In this program, the instructor shares proven best practices in the field of project management; learnt, vetted and proven over 34 years of project and program management experience in diverse industrial settings. Through this course, participants will be exposed to the A – Z of project management. The program begins with the formulation, vetting and acceptance of the project objective and takes the audience all the way to commissioning and project closure stage – navigating through all phases of project implementation or execution. All phases of typical large project – with budgets exceeding 0.5 million dollars, and schedules extending over multiple months – are outlined below. In addition to being introduced to commercially available project management programs/tools, participants will get the opportunity to learn lessons that are seldom covered in textbooks and are often acquired through experience. The program is designed to be interactive where audience is encouraged to participate and share their experiences, challenges, failures and successes; this enriches the audience’s learning.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Project Objective, Scope, Basic Assumptions and Goal Setting
  2. Project life cycle cost and basic financial analysis
  3. Project Screening/Vetting
  4. Project team organization, management approval and protocol for communications and transactions
  5. Phased Implementation of Long Multi-Segmented Projects
  6. Development of functional specifications of the system or process
  7. Project Management Tools
    • Project Schedule development
    • Project Mapping and Flow
  8. Project Performance Metrics
  9. Construction and Project Implementation Phase Best Practices
    • 5-P, 5-S and 5-C Processes
    • Safety in Construction Phase
    • PPE, Fire Protection, Elevated Work, SPCC, RCRA, Arc Flash, LOTO, Emergency Action Plan
    • Importance of Interpersonal Skills, Clear Communication and Clarification of Expectations on Projects
    • Professionalism, Workplace Harassment, Morale and Positive Reinforcement on Projects
  10. Factory Testing – AKA: Factory Acceptance Test.
  11. Receive equipment, material, tools, equipment and supplies for the installation phase.
  12. Pre-mobilization Transfer of Drawings, Technical Data and Important Safety Information.
  13. Required training of installation crew and necessary communications to all concerned
    • Meetings and documentation
  14. On-site System Testing
  15. Project Start-up, Commissioning and Closure

Learning Objectives & Take-Aways – After Attending this Course:

  1. You will know how to clarify project objective, and how to develop project scope. You will know the value and importance of a succinct set of project basic assumptions. You will know how to develop clear, objective and actionable project goals.
  2. You will know how to perform screening and vetting of project objectives and goals if they are predefined for you.
  3. You will know how to develop project life cycle cost and how to perform basic financial analysis.
  4. You will have better appreciation of project team organization and effective protocol for communications and transactions with internal and external “customers” and team members.
  5. You will be able to develop functional specifications of the overall project, system or subsystems.
  6. You become aware of essential comprehensive project mapping and project flow.
  7. You will know the mainstream project performance metrics that, ultimately, gage your success in the implementation of the project.
  8. You will know important construction and project implementation phase best practices.
  9. You will appreciate the importance of interpersonal skills, clear communication and clarification of expectations on projects.
  10. You will know the gravity of workplace harassment, team morale and positive reinforcement.
  11. You will know what factory testing and on-site testing entails.
  12. You will know the importance of receiving and securing equipment, material, tools, equipment and supplies for the installation phase.
  13. You will know how to ensure successful and effective project start-up, commissioning and closure

Who should attend:

  1. Engineers of all disciplines
  2. Licensed Professional Engineers, who need to meet the annual or biennial license renewal PDH
  3. (Professional Development Hour) or CEU (Continuing Education Units) requirements.
  4. Engineering Managers/Directors
  5. Current or aspiring Project Managers
  6. Facilities Managers
  7. Energy Professionals
  8. Project Planners and Purchasing/Procurement Professionals
  9. Construction Supervisors or Construction Site Superintendents
  10. Constructions Company Managers/Executives
  11. Project/Constructions Safety Supervisors
  12. Technicians with Project Phase Responsibility
  13. Other professionals whose annual PLP, Performance and Learning Program, includes acquisition of effective project management knowledge.

Instructor Bio:

Professor S. Bobby Rauf, P.E, C.E.M, MBA; Member, ASEE, American Society of Engineering Education.

Professor Bobby Rauf is the President, Chief Consultant and a Senior Instructor at Sem-Train, LLC. Bobby has over 25 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and post graduate Engineering, Science, Math, Business Administration and MBA courses, seminars and workshops. Prof. Rauf is registered (PE) Professional Engineer, in the State of North Carolina, a Certified Energy Manager and a certified ergonomist.

Prof. Rauf was inducted as “Legend in Energy” by AEE, in 2014. He is a published author of multiple engineering and energy books, and professional development courses. He holds a patent in process controls technology.

Prof. Rauf develops and instructs PDH (Professional Development Hour) and, continuing education, engineering skill building courses. He conducts these course in form of webinars, live on-site presentations, workshops, pre-recorded audio and self-study texts. Some his major clients include Texas A&M University, Saudi Aramco – KSA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, McNeese University, Lamar University, Clemson University, Association of Energy Engineers, EPIC College – Canada; US Bureau of Reclamation, BHP Billiton, PDHengineer, CED, Y-F Asia, and PDH Source.

Prof. Rauf’s last full-time engineering employment, in the corporate world, was at PPG Industries, Inc. where he served as a Senior Staff Engineer. He brings to this program more than 25 years of hands-on experience in a broad spectrum of areas within large industrial plant engineering and plant maintenance departments, including electrical, controls, energy and mechanical projects. Professor Rauf has served as Adjunct Professor at Gardner-Webb University since 1989, where he has instructed classes in both the B.A. and M.B.A. programs.

Professor Rauf’s publications include (Available through AEE, Amazon.com, and Barnes and Noble):
  1. Text book titled “Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineering,” The Second Edition of this book was published in 2016 through Fairmont Press and CRC Press – Worldwide distribution.
  2. Text book titled “Thermodynamics Made Simple for Energy Engineers,”Published in 2012 through Fairmont Press and CRC Press – Worldwide distribution.
  3. Text book titled “Finance and Accounting for Energy Engineers,” Published in 2011 through Fairmont Press and CRC Press – Worldwide distribution.
Mr. Rauf of Sem-Train has provided training and/or consulting services to over 5000 engineers and non-engineers through some of the following organizations, over the last fifteen years:
  1. BHP Billiton
  2. Saudi Aramco (Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  3. US Bureau of Reclamation (Hoover Dam)
  4. US Dept. of State (SemTrain, LLC, is SAM/CAGE approved for Federal Contracts)
  5. CED
  6. Balfour Beatty
  7. Shaw Group
  8. McNeese University
  9. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  10. Texas A&M University,
  11. Clemson University,
  12. PPG Industries, Inc.,
  13. PDHengineer,
  14. PPI, Professional Publications
  15. University of Maryland Baltimore County,
  16. EPIC (Canada)
  17. Y-F Asia – Singapore
  18. Duke Energy

“SemTrain, LLC, is an approved sponsor and course provider with NY, NYSED, Maryland, NCBELS, North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers, New Jersey, and FBPE, Florida Board of Professional Engineers, for the provision of CPC, Continuing Professional Competency, courses.”

“SemTrain, LLC, is approved for US Federal Government Contract Work, and is SAM and CAGE registered.

Testimonials from clients:

  1. Timothy M., CEM, CDSM: “Bobby: I wanted to pass on my thoughts concerning the recently completed, Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers. I found it to be very helpful, especially the section on Power Factor. I have had it explained to me a number of times, but your explanation was the best.
  2. Kimberly T., 2011: Bobby, I would like to say that even though I am not an engineer, I am really glad that I took this class (EE for Non-EE). You have helped me to dissect and visualize some of the terms and concepts that were not tangible to me prior to this class.
  3. Gregory (Greg) V. D., P.E.: “Hi Bobby, I’ve enjoyed both of your pdhengineer.com webinars that I’ve attended……..I don’t know how you get through a full 8 hours at such a high energy level!”
  4. Dr. A. P., Professor and Dean, 2013: “Dear Bobby, it was such a pleasure to meet you and having you as the great instructor of our Electrical Engineering seminar. As I understood from the attendees they really enjoyed your course and learned a lot…”

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