Project Management v. Engineering Management

In practice, Engineering Manager and Project Manager are often quite different, as as such require the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies. Engineering managers are responsible items such as coordination of activities, assigning key staff responsibilities to project managers, designing and implementing policies and procedures for effective and efficient  processes, training and development of staff, and administering personnel functions.

The engineering manager bridges the gap between the field of engineering, technology, people and the field of business. They are in a management position in charge of an engineering project, program, team, division or department. They are responsible permanent or semi-permanent functional activities to produce products or services.

A Project Manager (PM) is a manager in charge of administering a project. A project is a temporary endeavor with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables), undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, typically to bring about beneficial change or added value. Key PM responsibilities include creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the triple constraint for projects, which is cost, time, and scope.

PM uses cross-functional teams to assist in the process of planning, organizing, securing, leading, delegating and controlling of resources to achieve specific goals for a finite objective. This is one distinction from business as usual, operations or permanent business functions. A project manager is often also a client representative and has to determine and implement the exact needs of the client based on knowledge of the firm they are representing.

KU Edwards Campus

All Project Management courses take place at the KU Edwards Campus located near I-435 on Quivira Road in Overland Park, Ka. The Project Managment offices and classrooms are located in the new Business, Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) Building. The 75,000-square-foot, $23 million BEST Building will bring large growth to campus and many new opportunities to the community.

The Edwards Campus has been offering graduate and professional programs to working adults since 1975 and has evolved into a metropolitan workforce development school, priding itself with putting the needs of students first. Students have access to the campus' modern library and computer lab facilities as well as staff support with research and technology. The KU Writing Center also offers onsite and online writing consulting services for Edwards Campus students.

Resources

  • Regents Center Library
  • Computer labs
  • Free and convenient parking
  • Student union with bookstore and coffee shop
  • Student Success Center

JCERT & KU Edwards Campus

KU Edwards Campus’ BEST Building is funded by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle. The Triangle is an exciting and unique partnership between Johnson County, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. Its goal is to create economic stimulus and a higher quality of life through new facilities for research and additional degree opportunities.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today