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Skills for Successful Engineering Management


Skills for Successful Engineering Management


This course prepares engineers to navigate the challenges of managing engineering teams and perform at a very high level compared to the average manager. Successful management leverages the principle that every element of management can be measured, so a key benefit of this course is a comprehensive overview of how to measure and improve important aspects of engineering performance.

We’ll address the challenges you’re facing in your organization and examine issues that are common in many companies so you can apply the most relevant, practical solutions. One of the most complex challenges most managers face is emphasized – resource management across multiple projects. Several effective resource allocation methods are covered.

Case studies and real-life examples illustrate how the principles apply on the job. The engineering management case studies and examples are drawn from a broad range of product development team environments at small, medium, and large companies serving many industries. You will also benefit from the instructor’s direct experience leading and managing engineering teams for over 25 years.

This course enables you to:

  • Prioritize engineering objectives for maximum business impact
  • Implement relevant metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Maximize resource utilization
  • Determine accurate resource capacity
  • Proactively drive valuable process improvements
  • Identify the need for management tools
  • Actively assess employee engagement
  • Prioritize projects based on business value
  • Ensure effective communication of priorities and results


Elements of Engineering Management
  • People
  • Projects
  • Process improvements
  • Technology advancement
  • Equipment, tools, and facilities
  • Communication
  • Product support and maintenance
The Mechanics of Effective People Management
  • Managing vs. leading
  • Accessibility and stakeholder rapport
  • Employee engagement and productivity
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Distributing engineering management responsibilities
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Employee performance reviews
Managing Multiple Projects
  • Project prioritization methods
  • Project-level resource planning
  • Multi-project resource allocation
  • Capacity balancing and project cut line
  • Project Return Maps
  • Cost of delay estimates
  • Management tools
Process Improvements, Technology and Organizational Projects
  • Comprehensive roadmaps
  • Determining business value
Leadership Communication
  • Collaboration methods and tools
  • Frequency of communication
  • Understanding stakeholder preferences
Metrics and Continuous Improvement
  • Metrics and KPI dashboards
  • Balancing sustaining engineering and new projects
  • Defining balance for your organization
  • Simple measures for achieving balance
  • Case study: Time Allocation Metrics Improve R&D Performance
  • Measuring intangibles
  • Determining your KPIs

What’s Included

Management Toolkit – Each participant receives a set of templates and tools that can be implemented immediately:

  • Project prioritization templates
  • Resource allocation tools
  • Cost of delay calculator
  • KPI template

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for anyone responsible for managing engineering teams:

  • Group Leaders/Managers
  • Engineering Directors/Managers/Supervisors
  • Prospective Managers


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Registration Options

Contact us to schedule this program or discuss options.

Program Leaders

Gary Hinkle

Principal Management Consultant

Engineering Leadership & Management
Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Organizational Productivity

Contact Us to Schedule​

This program can be offered online or at your company site and can be customized for your needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.
Many useful concepts. The workbook provides an outline that can be applied on the job.

Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer

Cardinal Health

Excellent course. Concepts were clearly presented - easy to understand. I will recommend to my engineering team.

Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor

NMB Technologies

Practical advice for anyone in business or leadership. Exercises were very helpful. Instructor with real experience makes a big difference!

Mel Greenberg, Manager

Portland General Electric

Great information, delivery, and discussions.

Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer

Microsoft Corp.

Great job of tailoring the basic concepts to the specifics of each attendee.

Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing

Instantiations, Inc.

A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.

Sushil Nema, Engineer

Triquint Semiconductor

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills.

Mike Anderson

Technology Executive

The course content and examples were valuable. Good interaction between the presenter and students. It was well worth the cost and my time away from work!

Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer

Mitsubishi Digital

The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.

T. Fisher

US Navy

This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.


Chris Fisher

3D Printing

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With So Many Choices, Why Auxilium?

Five Reasons...

Practical, Proven Tools and Methods

Every method and tool we provide, with either a training or consulting program, has been proven in real-world projects.

Live, Experienced Consultants

You'll work directly with senior consultants who have over 20 years of PD experience. No inexperienced trainers or fresh MBA's.

Cost Effective

As a virtual team with low overhead, you'll get the experience of a tier one consultancy group at a fraction of typical fees.

Concise, Comprehensive Programs

We focus every training or consulting program on the essential skills and implementation to get immediate results.

A Passion for Results

We understand the risk and expense of getting outside help. Our goal is to ensure you get the results you need.

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