Many engineers who manage projects have never been formally exposed to a structured ‘big picture’ of project management. This live online course aims to present a structured and coherent way of accepted best practice principles used to define, plan and execute projects.

Projects are at the heart of delivering engineering outcomes, so it’s essential that engineers who act as project managers have a sound and structured understanding of the principles of successful project management.

The key tasks of the project manager, from defining requirements and planning the project to controlling the execution of the work, are dealt with by using a process-based view of the project over its total life.

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Key learning outcomes

By participating in this course, attendees will gain:

  • Insight into placing the project in context with contract and specification management activities
  • An awareness and understanding of project scoping as well as requirements elicitation
  • An understanding of the process of effective project planning through activity definition and resource allocation
  • Awareness of project control methods that use a structured project plan
  • Insight into closing out the project properly and identifying lessons learned – an often neglected activity
  • The opportunity to critically evaluate project management processes from their own work environment against best practice norms

Intended audience

  • Council engineers
  • Development engineers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Contractors
  • Product or software developers
  • Manufacturing
  • Procurement officials in client organisations, whether public or private sector

Course customisation

  • Your business’ special conditions
  • learning outcomes focussed on your business values


Piet Beukman retired in 2019 as the Director of the Engineering Management Programme at the University of Canterbury and is now self-employed as a coach, mentor, consultant and educator. An accomplished ‘pracademic’, he has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace, military, marine engineering, venture capital, commercialisation and consulting industries to offer. He also managed complex engineering projects.

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