Management Skills and Techniques for Engineers

Why Attend

This course offers engineers and technical staff who are making the transition to managerial and supervisory positions an excellent opportunity to understand the differences in mindset between technical and functional thinking. Such transitions are not always successful and many engineers end up leaving their posts or the company altogether because they cannot cope with the new job requirements. This course gives engineers and technical teams the opportunity to make a successful transition from their technical comfort zone to an area that is quite different on many fronts.

Course Methodology

This course utilizes a number of assessments to give participants an opportunity to leverage their strong points and improve their weaknesses in order to ensure a successful transition to new functional and people responsibilities. The course also leverages open discussions around thorny issues to encourage analytical thinking and foster healthy communication. Participants will also get the chance to work in teams as they tackle multiple case studies and exercises revolving around project management and business problems.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop insight into the functions of management
  • Apply project planning skills from a business perspective
  • Identify and use the right performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage business performance
  • Communicate and work with others to achieve the desired goals
  • Acquire team-building techniques to enhance business performance
  • Employ unbiased problem solving and decision-making practices

Target Audience

Technical managers, supervisors, and engineers who need to develop their managerial skills.

Target Competencies

  • People and performance management
  • Team formation and management
  • Individual and team motivation
  • Managing conflicts
  • Solving problems
  • Effective communication
  • Workforce planning and scheduling
  • Basic financial knowledge


South Africa

Training Dates:

Each course starts every Monday of each week. Please book your training on a date that is a Monday.

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Course Fees

Note: Please fill in the online application form on the left or bottom if this page to receive a quotation with detailed pricing from AATICD.

How to Apply:

To Apply Simply Fill in the Online Enquiries / Applications form on the Right Sidebar or Bottom of this website


When filling the online application form; please take note of your desired Training Month, Duration in Weeks and Training Session. This will give us the exact dates you will be attending your classes.

Also note that Tuition Fees must be paid upfront on or before training start date. This is to ensure that all resources are made availabe for you before you start. You will not be allowed into training if fees are not paid and verified.

Also note that Tuition Fees Cancellations must be made 14 business working days before the starting date of training. This will allow us to do a 50% refund of the total amount paid. If cancellations are made thereafter note that no refund will be made to delegates.

Tuition Fees include teas and lunch as well as either a laptop or tablet which a delegate will take home free of charge.

Tuition Fee DOES NOT include Accommodation, Dinners and other Extra Curricular Activities or Incidentals. Delegates are expected to fund this on their own. AATICD will not be held accountable for any incidents to delegates.

In-House Trainings are also available for 3 or more delegates for any duration. Please consult with our Administration for such In-House training bookings.

Course Outline

  • The journey from technical to managerial
    • Engineers versus management
      • Typical issues faced by engineers when they become managers
      • The fundamental shift in roles
      • Managing the transition
    • Understanding the different functions of management
    • Productivity – A management perspective
    • Essential skills for engineers
      • Technical
      • Managerial
      • Leadership
    • Management mistakes engineers need to avoid
  • Planning and organizing tools and techniques
    • At a personal level
    • At a project management level
      • Fundamentals of project management – A quick review​
      • Scheduling and organizing
      • Workforce planning
      • Leading projects successfully
    • At an organizational level
  • Managing performance
    • Engineers and business performance management
      • Setting performance expectations
      • Working with key performance indicators (KPIs)
      • Developing ‘SMART’ business objectives
      • Business targets and performance standards
    • Management and motivation
  • Working with others
    • Engineers as business influencers
    • Barriers to communication
    • Developing effective communication
    • Managing conflicts
  • Building successful teams
    • Teams and teamwork
    • Engineers as team leaders
    • Understanding group dynamics
    • Building high-performance teams
      • Stages of team formation
  • Problem analysis and decision making
    • Engineers as business decision-makers
    • Kepner Tregoe approach to problem-solving
      • Situation appraisal
      • Problem analysis
      • Decision analysis
      • Potential problem analysis