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Engineering Management: an Introduction

Engineering Management: an Introduction

Progress your career in Engineering with this intensive Engineering Management course from Oxford Royale Academy.

A one-week summer programme, residential in a college of the University of Oxford.

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Course Summary

This course will develop students management and leadership skills as they specifically relate to a global engineering environment. It will seek to integrate ‘hard’ technical and business expertise with an understanding of the ‘softer’ people side of successfully delivering a project. Thus the course will set out an integrated approach covering all the core functions of management (planning, organising,team selection and building, leadership and management and controlling).

Engineering globally is an industry undergoing unprecedented change and will need engineers of the future with the knowledge and skills to manage and lead this rapid change through times of uncertainty and complexity. There are a number of disruptive trends in the global engineering industry that require engineers with the requisite management capabilities to respond in a responsive and agile way. 

Consultancy services, nearshoring and the growth of operations in emerging markets and developing countries have grown substantially in recent years and digitisation is increasingly enabling the delivery of projects through the use of AI, Machine Learning, the Internet of Things, and engineering analytics.

It will combine the latest academic theories, technical research developments with practical skills development in the core areas of leadership and project management of technical projects and technical teams along with finance and accounting. The crucial importance of managing engineering programmes and projects ethically will also be debated and the implications for how engineering projects and teams are led and managed will be discussed.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course students will understand:

  • The main global and technical challenges that engineering managers have to face
  • How to apply theories to real-world problems and help build the future of the modern world through creativity and innovation
  • Successfully leading and managing engineering projects of the future, in greater confidence.
  • A greater experience of cross-disciplinary working in multi-national teams to enhance students analytical, problem-solving and leadership skills

Course Outcomes

Monday Lecture 1: Essentials of Engineering Management- hard and soft skills
Seminar 1: Applying business fundamentals to engineering projects
Tuesday Lecture 2: Leading and managing technical teams- unique characteristics
Seminar 2: Leading and managing a technical team- case study
Wednesday Lecture 3: Financial modelling within an engineering context
Seminar 3: Practical exercises in engineering financial modelling
Thursday Lecture 4: Managing technical engineering projects
Seminar 4: Project management simulation
Friday Lecture 5: Environmental risk and responsibilityfor engineering managers
Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning


Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

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