Immersing project managers in the challenges of
running a complex sheet metal project and using
“hard skills” like thinking strategically, understanding
financials clearly, and managing project scope are all
part of the curriculum for SMACNA’s Advanced Project
Managers Institute, Oct. 7-10, in Raleigh, N.C.
Participants will learn how to proactively manage
and resolve complicated project issues more effectively
because they will practice these skills during the
program,” “said Andrew Patron, senior consultant with
FMI. Patron teaches the Project Managers Institute
and developed this advanced course specifically for
The course will use real-world simulations and industry-
specific exercises that replicate the challenges
of managing a sheet metal project and address many
of the key operational aspects and complexities that
contractors face today.
Working in teams, participants will build on their
skills by developing different approaches to leadership
and management, project tracking, site logistics, how
to manage schedules accurately, how to develop a
budget, and how to manage billings and cash flow.
Designed for project managers with two or more
years of experience and graduates of the Project
Managers Institute, participants will also learn mentoring,
conflict resolution, meetings, negotiations, and
change order management.
To improve their leadership approach, the course
also offers individual performance feedback and
coaching. “Self-awareness and objective personal
feedback are helpful to improve leadership and
management effectiveness,” Patron said. “Participants
will leave with a personal action plan for implementing
what they’ve learned when they return home.”
Members can register on SMACNA’s National Education web page. For more information, contact
Bridgette Bienacker, SMACNA’s director of business
management and membership at firstname.lastname@example.org.