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Industry Certification Program in Project Management

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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The Intersection of Higher Ed and Industry

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Continuing Professional Development

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Ali Ahmad Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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Ali Ahmad is the Head of the Engineering Technology Department at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He received a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan (Amman, Jordan; with Highest Distinction) and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (Orlando, Fl, USA). He has diverse expertise in human-computer interaction, quality engineering, and simulating human-machine systems. He previously worked on projects related to transfer of training in advanced human-machine systems, usability evaluation of everyday products and services, and research in multimodal systems and virtual environments. His current research interests include virtual reality applications in manufacturing, multimodal interaction design, audio interfaces, advanced usability evaluation techniques, simulating complex human-machine systems, and advanced application of statistical techniques. Dr. Ahmad is a Certified Simulation Analyst and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Engineering Technology curriculum generally provides wide spread knowledge in problem solving, management of resources, and process planning. Project Management is a key skill required by Engineering Technologists, who work in project-driven manufacturing companies. An Industry Advisory Council for a university in Louisiana expressed the need for project management trained graduates, and worked with Engineering Technology faculty to develop a post-baccalaureate certificate program focused on technical project management. In addition, the Industry Advisory Council worked closely with Engineering Technology faculty to develop a new course on “Technical Project Management” that can combine with other courses at the department and college to prepare project management certificate graduates.

This paper discusses the development of a post-baccalaureate industry certificate program on project management. It starts by identifying the need for project management knowledge and skills. After that it discusses the key components for project management body of knowledge as identified by the Project Management Institute. These components led to identifying relevant course topics to include: Introduction to Project Management, Engineering Economic Analysis, Project Selection, Project Organization, Project Scheduling, Resource Management, and Project Control. These topics were used to evaluate university curricula to identify what existing courses can be used to deliver the required knowledge and skills. The result from evaluating existing curricula resulted in identifying the need for a new course on “Technical Project Management”. Furthermore, the developed certificate will be offered both face-to-face and online, hence the paper discusses adaptations of content to facilitate delivery in these different environments. The paper concludes by providing directions for future development of the certificate.

Ahmad, A. (2016, June), Industry Certification Program in Project Management Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25684

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