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Are You a Project Manager or Project Witness

Managers take action in every step of the management process while witnesses do the bare minimum without any sense of innovation or creativity. This course focuses on process improvement and management and leadership techniques to provide participants with the foundation of management expertise they need to efficiently direct the entire project life cycle, from start-up to close-out.
 
Following this course, participants will be able to:
--Differentiate between a manager and witness
--List the phases of the management process
--Discuss how to manage the cost of a project
--Explain effective management and leadership techniques

Instructor: Norb Slowkowski
Location: Chapter Office

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Basic Estimating of Electrical Construction

This course is for those with little or no experience in estimating, and those seasoned estimators looking to hone their skills. Materials include textbook, Manual of Labor Units, reference books, sample drawing, and specification and work sheets for each student. This course is a must for those who find themselves frustrated by the current bid market and continue to question their efforts in compiling a competitive bid. The principles taught will help you eliminate careless mistakes, which can cost your company its very existence.

For the first time, NECA has created a one-hour online course that will now be required for all Basic Estimating class participants. NECA's Manual of Labor Units has, for many years, been widely recognized as the electrical construction industry's leading source for labor unit data. It is essential for a person to understand the intent and application of this labor unit data to properly calculate the labor required on a project. This online course, which is now part of the basic estimating course, serves as an introduction to NECA's Manual of Labor Units. It contains helpful information about the origin of the labor units, the proper application of the data and how one can use these labor units to competitively bid electrical construction projects. The purpose of this online course is two-fold. First, it will allow all students of a Basic Estimating class to have the same basic information prior to the classroom instruction. For that reason, it will also allow us to reduce the time in class from the previous 4 ½ days to 4 days.

Topics covered are labor factoring for job conditions, basics of material takeoff/expanded material takeoff, Manual of Labor Units introduction, labor units applied to material takeoffs, bid documents, organizing an estimate for control, and much more.

Prerequisites include an understanding of electrical construction and the application of electrical material. This course is a recommended prerequisite for the Advanced Estimating Class.

Instructor: Bob Mooty
Location:
Chatper Office

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Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction

This course is designed to assist the student in all phases of the estimating process, beginning with identifying desirable bid opportunities in conjunction with analyzing the company's capabilities to insure profitable results. The course covers all phases of preparing a competitive bid, including the many-times-ignored hidden cost in the bid documents.

For the first time, the course material will include NECA's new 2004 Productivity Studies. These seven newly revised studies quantify the impact of adverse working conditions on electrical constructors and will be used during the course to solve real life case studies.

The Course concludes with an overview of the estimator's role at the pre-construction meeting. The long-term goal is to increase the estimator's confidence and efficiency while improving the company's profitability. Prerequisite: Basic Estimating or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Bob Mooty
Location:
Chapter Office

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Project Delivery Systems and the Changing Role

For a construction project to begin on the right track, it is important to select the right project delivery system. There are a wide range of construction project delivery systems, each of which has advantages and disadvantages to consider before the project begins. This course provides a comprehensive analysis of each of these delivery systems, along with the risks involved.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

--Analyze various types of construction project delivery systems
--Identify advantages and disadvantages before the project begins
--List examples of the risks of delivery systems
--Select the best project delivery system

Instructor: Awad Hanna
Location: Chapter Office

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Change Order Management

Most electrical contractors agree that one of the industry's most vexing problems is the change order. They may significantly alter the nature of the work, change the materials to be installed, or be considered "insignificant" changes, but they often alter the sequence of scheduled activities, require rework of installations and divert some manpower and equipment needed for the original contract work.

Following this class, participants will be able to:

  • Identify change order errors in advance to minimize project loss
  • Describe the impact of change management on project success
  • Discuss how to minimize the impact of change orders
  • Explain how to manage changes on a project

 Instructor: Awad Hanna
Location: Chapter Office

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Design For Value Engineering to Increase Job Profit

A contractor should be and stay profitable as long as it has backlog. To improve the profits of jobs, a very detailed value engineering is necessary. Only contractors that can improve productivity through better management of time, cost and quality will increase backlog’s profits. Reduction of risk early on in the project will help to improve profits. How to prepare and conduct a value engineering session in order to improve profits will be discussed.

 This program is based on the research report Procurement Chain Management in the Construction Industry funded by ELECTRI International.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the applicable risk
  • Describe steps for an effective and consistent value engineering process
  • Discuss job and labor risk, procurement planning, safety plans and technical, business and integration risk reduction

 Instructor: Dr. Perry Daneshgari
Location: Chapter Office

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Creating High Performance Work Teams

Companies invest millions of dollars in technology, equipment and technical training for improved performance and productivity, with little to no investment in the human interaction side of leadership. Well-intentioned managers, supervisors and foremen create barriers to success, never realizing the negative impact they may have on subordinates, bosses or peers. This program is designed to identify and eliminate potential blind spots to those behaviors which could be sabotaging performance and create dysfunctional cultures impacting safety, quality and productivity.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss self-awareness and emotional intelligence skills that lead to transformational leadership and positive culture change
  • Explain how to establish a culture of trust and open communications at all levels of the organization
  • Describe improved leadership skills that lead to employee engagement and high performance work team

 Instructor: Bruce Bolger
Location: Chapter Office

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