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Unit 35: Professional engineering management
Unit Number and Title
Professional Engineering Management
IV Name & Date
Unit Learning Outcomes
LO1. Evaluate the risk evaluation theories and practices associated with the management of projects for the production of current and developing technology.
LO2. Produce an engineering services delivery plan that meets the requirements of a sector-specific organization.
LO3. Develop effective leadership, individual and group communication skills.
LO4. Develop personal commitment to professional standards and obligations to society, the engineering profession and the environment.
Project theme – Safety
Safety “There is no such thing as an accident, only a failure to recognise the hand of fate” (Napoleon Bonaparte). Safety in engineering is integral to the profession and involves building products/ systems (e.g. CNCs, inject moulding machines, pneumatic power systems, communication networks, electric systems etc.) that behave as expected, good to use and provide acceptable levels of safety when the components fail. Safety as a design feature involves studying, identifying, analysing, evaluating, and controlling hazards in human-machine systems (artifacts, equipment, or facilities) that contain a potential to cause injury to people or damage to property. Safety could be broadly categorised as passive and active, with active systems focusing on ‘functional safety’ which require further risk assessments. Safety reviews are increasingly becoming mandatory in engineering risk management strategies. While several small to medium failures (i.e. the person losing a finger while operating or repairing a machine in the local engineering company or an accident that could occur at a railway crossing if the barriers fail) attract less publicity, the major industrial failures such as Chernobyl and Space Shuttle Challenger constantly remind us of the various facets of the safety issues (i.e. from flawed design errors to lack of ethical safety culture / human error) and as we know now, the consequences of some of these failures have serious repercussions spanning generations. These incidents serve as ‘the lessons to learn’ in eliminating injuries and work towards a drastic reduction of serious accidents by promoting ‘safety as a value’ through legislation (e.g. HASAW Act, OSH Act, OHS Act, EU-OSH, JISHA:OSH, LEGOSH), safety standards (e.g. ISO 14122, ISO 14118, ISO 14119, IEC 61508), policies, innovation, workplace practices and culture, and training. Unit 35: Professional engineering management. Safety continues to improve around the world and some notable recent changes in the sector include the new Health and Safety at Work Act in New Zealand, stricter sentencing guidelines in the UK and technological explosion in producing worker safety devices based on GPS and cellular technology. The theme will enable students to examine the broad ranging aspects of safety in the context of the project(s) that they undertake as part of Unit 35 Professional Engineering Management, from the standpoint of a professional engineer. For example, (a) designing out risk in a product/ machine/ system and (b) carry out Hazard and Risk Assessments (HARA) to ensure safety in design and safe ways of working. Students will be able to analyse engineering functions and their impact on the health, wellbeing, and environment. What does it take to be a successful project manager? Identify issues and factors that impact the successful management of your project. The theme will facilitate students to gain a broader understanding of how to combine the approach of ‘design for safety’ with the conduct / duties placed upon them as the student engineers.
Project Scenario: Unit 35: Professional engineering management
You are working for an electric and electronic company and your job involves carrying out research in order to improve the safety within the company and develop the standards and to employ the latest technological advancements. As part of your training programme, your line manager has asked you to manage a chosen project to improve system safety, which involves using all your management skills. Your choice of project must be approved by your line manager both practically and ethically. You will be leading the team that will carry out the project and you will be the sole person who is responsible about all the different steps and processes of carrying out this project.
This should be presented in a professional format addressing technical as well
as ethical and environmental issues. The standard of your report will be the main factor for improving safety within the company as well as a good appraisal of your performance.
1) What does it take to be a successful project manager? Identify issues and factors that impact the successful management of your project. In doing so consider the risk methodologies and practices associated with it.
2) Having identified the issues and factors for the success of your project. A critical evaluation of these issues and factors is required.
3) While managing your project, identify and analyse the challenges you faced during the project period in order to meet the requirements and make justified recommendations to overcome these challenges.
1- You had a series of meetings with your customer and had an agreement in principle to deliver him a project. The customer has requested a project delivery plan applying the appropriate sector-specific requirements. While developing the plan determine the engineering management tools needed. Specify how each step of the delivery plan meets the requirements of the project.
2- Identify contingencies that might prevent the delivery plan meeting the requirements of a sector-specific organization and in do so critically evaluate these contingencies in order to facilitate the delivery of your project.
While working on your project you may come across technical or human resources issues. You may have encountered tensions within team members or with customers. Leadership and communication are the main keys to resolve these issues and keep the project on track. Show in your report the main steps of effective persuasion and negotiations. There are various styles of leadership and different ways to communicate. The report must show your own unique style of effective leadership and communications.
1- In the course of your project you had to effectively motivate and persuade staff to perform their tasks, hold weekly group meetings to check progress against project time scales, address project issue, take necessary actions if needed to keep the project on track, ensure that all team members are working effectively towards the project goal. You may have to negotiate with customer deliverables priorities. Describe how did you manage to do that in an effective manner.
2- A leader might have to use more than one style of leadership and more than one way of communication. Evaluate leadership styles and effective communication skills used in the implementation period of your project in an organisational context. While communicating with your team, a team member was identified as a poor performer and needs coaching. Critically evaluate effective ways for the coaching and mentoring of this member.
3- You were asked to present your finding to your customer. Outline the steps to deliver an effective presentation for the finding of your project. A 15 minutes presentation (up to 15 power points slides) is required. The presentation must be included in the assignment.
1- Being socially responsible means that project leader must behave ethically and with sensitivity towards social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. In the context of your project, discuss how social responsibility was considered. Also summarise the engineering profession ethical standards and patterns of behaviour in regard to your project.
2- With advance of new technologies, the engineering profession becomes vibrant. To stay standstill is not an option as our knowledge becomes obsolete as time passes. Evaluate and provide justifications on why it is necessary to be active and up to date with the engineering profession’s new developments and discoveries. Also from what you learnt on the project explore the ways in which an engineer can engage in continuing professional development. What does it take to be a successful project manager? Identify issues and factors that impact the successful management of your project.
Guidelines for assignment submission
The grades are awarded holistically according to the table included at the end of this assignment.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria
LO1 Evaluate the risk evaluation theories and practices associated with the management of projects for the production of current and developing technology
D1 Specify and analyse the challenges encountered when meeting the requirements for successfully managing engineering activities, and make justified recommendations to overcome these challenges
P1 Evaluate the risk evaluation theories and practices associated with the management of engineering projects
P2 Assess elements and issues that impact the successful management of engineering activities
M1 Critically evaluate the main elements and issues that impact the successful management of engineering activities
LO2 Produce an engineering services delivery plan that meets the requirements of a sector-specific organisation
D2 Critically evaluate contingencies that might prevent the delivery plan meeting the requirements of a sector- specific organisation
P3 Develop an engineering services delivery plan, applying the appropriate sector-specific requirements
M2 Evaluate how each step of the delivery plan developed meets the requirements of a sector specific organisation
P4 Determine the engineering management tools needed for designing an engineering services delivery plan
LO3 Develop effective leadership, individual and group communication skills
D3 Critically evaluate effective ways for the coaching and mentoring of disillusioned colleagues or of a poorly performing team
P5 Describe the steps for effective persuasion and negotiation
P6 Explain the steps for managing effective group meetings
P7 Outline the steps to delveraneMective presentation
M3 Evaluate leadership styles and effective communication skills using specific examples in an organisational context
LO4 Develop personal commitment to professional standards and obligations to society, the engineering profession and the environment
P8 Discuss the context of social responsibility for scientist and engineers.
M4 Summarise the engineering profession ethical standards and patterns of behaviour
P9 Explore the ways in which an engineer can engage in continuing professional development
D4 Evaluate and provide justifications on why it is necessary to be active and up to date with the engineering profession’s new developments and discoveries
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