Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Project Managers Take the Lead at Advanced Project Managers Institute

IMG_0947_Group around tableParticipants simulated running a real-world sheet metal project during SMACNA’s Advanced Project Managers Institute, October 7 to 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This advanced program was developed to go beyond the basics and as a follow-up to SMACNA’s successful Project Managers Institute.

To create a realistic experience, participants took part in industry-specific exercises and case studies with their associated challenges. These included understanding and managing the project’s scope, estimating costs to complete, billings and cashflow, and change-order management.

IMG_0958_Andy Patron3Participants also worked together in teams using actual project documents to better identify and manage project financials and learn how to think more strategically. The program also addressed key operational aspects of a project from site logistics to project tracking and forecasting.

Program highlights included reinforcing leadership versus management approaches along with exposure to detailed project financial reports. The program was developed and presented by Andy Patron and Greg Ferguson, consultants with construction consulting firm, FMI Corporation.

“The most important part was the personal action planning session,” Patron
noted. “We helped  them select the most important next steps in their development so they could leave with a plan of what they learned to implement when they went back home.”

IMG_0976_Ferguson 3SMACNA’s 2019 Advanced Project Managers Institute is scheduled for May 5-8, 2019, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Members may visit SMACNA’s Events and Education web page for the latest updates at

For more information, contact Bridgette Bienacker, SMACNA’s director of business management and membership at