Engineering Project Management     


I.D.# 99003Printable Description
Duration: 2 Days
  Delivered in
June 26-27, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ) - Troy, Michigan    
September 25-26, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ) - Troy, Michigan    
November 29-30, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ) - Troy, Michigan    

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Project Management and Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) are two critical techniques used in product development in the mobility industry today. This seminar will bring these techniques together in an easy to understand format that goes beyond the typical concept of constructing timelines and project planning, by exploring not only the AIAG APQP process, but also specific aspects of PM processes. Students will gain a solid foundation in the essential principles of Project Management and APQP.

Students will immediately apply learned skills by taking a sample project through all phases of the Project Plan using actual industry documents. Realistic issues, problems and time constraints are introduced throughout the exercise to stimulate actual project concerns. Each workshop exercise uses documents specific to the particular areas of study such as Statement of Requirements and Statement of Work, Timeline development and reacting to changing situations such as time crash. Discussion of the major milestones of typical OEM APQP processes, to include PPAP. The workshop is structured so that students must operate in teams and the time constraints allow students to see firsthand the effects of improper delegation of work assignments.

Attendees will receive a copy of the book, "PMBOK ® " - Project Management Body of Knowledge (5th edition) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define the importance of each of the ten (10) Bodies of Project Management Knowledge and the essential components of APQP by Phase (includes the newest Knowledge Area – Stakeholder Management)
  • Recognize the minimum essential elements of a Robust Project Plan
  • Properly evaluate and differentiate between Statement of Requirement, Statement of Work and Work Breakdown structures
  • Apply the different timeline methodologies: Milestone, Gantt, Network (PERT) and Critical Path
  • Utilize different types of meeting and conflict resolution strategies, formulate an effective meeting summary and action list, and conduct an actual Design Review
  • Recognize the pitfalls common to most mobility projects due to Voice of the Customer (VOC) collection, current U.S. and international legislation and directives, improper application of limited resources, and others.
  • Beyond the Checklist! - Advanced techniques for Risk Management

Who Should Attend
New Project Managers, Lead or Design Release Engineers, Project Managers requiring refresher training or desire to learn how to properly apply more advanced project management techniques. other individuals involved with projects will benefit by attending. The course is best suited for individuals in any of the mobility industry sectors such as automotive, truck, recreational, farming, and mining, to include DOD mobility contracts.

Attendees should be familiar with how projects are currently managed in their company so they may ask questions relating to their specific problem areas.

Topical Outline

  • The Project Management Process
    • Definition, outline and overview of the differences between 4th and 5th editions
    • Project constraints
    • The ten (10) bodies of Project Management Knowledge
    • Project Management and ISO
  • Project Plan Life Cycle
    • Three types of life cycles: Product, Project, Project Management
    • Comparison of project management and the automotive APQP process
    • Major elements of each APQP phase
  • Project Management Techniques
    • Principles of Integration Management
    • Managing project Stakeholders and Sponsors
    • Defining, constructing, and recognizing the differences between Letter of Intent, Statement of Requirements, Statement of Work and Work Breakdown structures
    • Developing scope of work for conceptual-based (R&D) customers
    • The various types of Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and a guide to WBS development
    • Beyond lessons learned - Project Best Practices and the TGR/TGW database
    • Documentation requirements necessary to support the PM/APQP/PPAP processes
  • Resource Planning
    • Choosing an organizational structure to support effective Project Management
    • Roles and responsibility matrix (RASIC)
    • Tangible versus Intangible resources
    • Developing and managing an effective Staffing and Resource Plan
    • Surviving as the “mutli-hatted” project leader
    • Special considerations for small projects
  • Sequence Planning
    • Milestone Charts
    • Gantt Charts
    • Network Diagrams and Critical Path Method (CPM)
    • Understanding and applying float/slack time
    • Techniques to address Fast Tracking and Crashing
  • Project Costing and Tracking
    • Project cost analysis methods and estimating methods
    • Recognizing and dealing with Scope Creep
    • Control techniques -- Requirements for an effective Change Management System; Negotiating the difference between Phase and Design Reviews; Earned Value Analysis (EVA); Effective meeting techniques; Forming and leading project teams; Structure of effective Phase and Design Reviews; Recognizing and resolving internal and external conflict
  • Project Risk Management
    • Components and construction of an effective Risk Management Plan
    • Addressing product liability using the FMEA and HAZOP
    • Risk qualification quantification techniques -- Developing effective checklists; Risk Register/Quadrant Mapping, Expected Values Matrix; Probability and Impact Matrix;
  • Procurement Management
    • Understanding partner supplier relationships
    • Suppliers rating techniques
    • Suppliers skill requirements

Instructor(s): Angelo E. Mago or Curt Pawloski
Angelo Mago Angelo Mago is senior consultant and owner of ATM Consulting, Inc., which provides customized training and consulting services to a varied design and manufacturing supplier community in the areas of Project Management, Design to Cost, Quality Assurance, Document Management, Supplier Development and Management, and Customer Management. He has over 25 years of experience in product design, quality assurance, and project management working in both the Governmental and Commercial mobility industry. DOD experience includes serving in the US Army TACOM Program Office in the M1 Abrams and Bradley Program Management offices and Plant Manager for the Depot Repair Facility in Mannheim Germany. Commercially Mr. Mago has worked as the Senior Supplier Quality Engineer for GM Truck Group responsible for NAO and off-shore supplier ISO qualification, Product Development, and PPAP qualification and approval. Through ATM Consulting, Mr. Mago has played a lead role in deploying a PM and APQP environment for both large and small companies. He is a recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award for distinction in professional development/education. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.

Curt Pawloski is President/Senior Consultant for Integral Operations, Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in project management, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, process and quality improvement, problem solving, and quality system development and implementation. Mr. Pawloski has helped auto industry OEMs and numerous supplier organizations prepare or improve their Quality Systems, facilitated the writing of quality procedures and work instructions, and consulted on implementation of quality systems. In addition, he was the leader of a team to develop a comprehensive Project Management training and certification system for Volkswagen’s IT function. Mr. Pawloski is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Oakland Community College, Delta College, and Midlands Technical College. He is a board member and past member of the year for the Saginaw Valley Section of the American Society for Quality. He has a B.S.ChE from the University of Michigan, a Graduate Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management/Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University, and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University.

Fees: $1595.00 ; SAE Members: $1276.00 - $1436.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

“Great seminar to attend! Helps engineers understand and work well with the program management office.”
Shirley Mayen
Engineering Project Lead
B/E Aerospace

"It was good to see how other domestic automotive suppliers manage their projects."
Lee Journey
Project Manager
Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

"You leave with the satisfaction of learning/reinforcing new tasks and methods that can be used at the office immediately."
Richard Fanco
Engineering Program Manager
AM General Corporation

"Angelo is a very knowledgeable instructor and willing to share the lessons learned. It is an excellent class."
Raj Nagarajan
Engineering Project Team Leader
Caterpillar Inc.

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