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Join us today and unlock your full potential for success in the rapidly changing world of engineering and technology. UW-Madison’s College of Engineering (COE) is a leading professional development organization dedicated to empowering engineers and technical professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in their fields. We offer a wide range of cutting-edge courses designed to enhance professional growth and provide opportunities for career advancement. Our expert instructors, both faculty and industry veterans, deliver engaging and practical training sessions that bridge the gap between theory and real-world applications. Whether you are looking to deepen your expertise in a specific technical area, stay abreast of the latest industry trends, or broaden your skill set to adapt to evolving challenges, UW-Madison’s College of Engineering is your trusted partner in engineering professional development.

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Root Cause Analysis Tools for Technical Applications

Upcoming Dates
  • May 1-2, 2024 (D076)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,295
This course will provide you with the skills to dig deep into a particular situation and to develop strong countermeasures and resolution plans to improve your operation, product, or system. Root cause analysis leads to elimination of repeat errors, improved efficiencies, enhanced quality products and services, and improved morale.
RA01659

Leading for Sustainability and Profitability New

Upcoming Dates
  • May 7-9, 2024 (D077)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,695
This course is a 3-day, highly interactive program that highlights the route to achieve the two biggest organization’s objectives - to be profitable and sustainable.   Profitability stems from the fiscally responsible utilization of assets and sustainability is predicated on the ability to guarantee the performance of those assets well into the future.  
Customizable
RA01838

Mastering the Transition from Technical Expert to Leader

Upcoming Dates
  • May 8-9, 2024 (D212)
    Face-to-Face Madison, WI
    $1,495
Moving into a management role can be challenging, especially for those who have spent years completing technical work without direct reports or those who are new to the workforce.  In this course, you'll develop the skills and knowledge to succeed as a manager through practical discussions of management and leadership fundamentals and tools that will aid in your transition. Classroom exercises along with a tactical action plan will allow you to immediately make a positive impact.
Customizable
RA00014

Effectively Managing Technical Teams

Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 11-13, 2024 (D098)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,995
  • Feb. 24-28, 2025 (D357)
    Live Online
    $1,995
  • Oct. 6-8, 2025 (D361)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,995
Technical teams present many challenges for engineering managers. Team leaders must often give up some of their technical authority to focus on strategic management, operational planning and human resource management. They also need solid communications skills and know how to represent the team across the organization and at a high level. In this hands-on course, you will learn strategic and operational planning tools to set goals, establish objectives and build defensible budgets from an instructor who has actually “walked the talk” of this course with his own experiences.
Customizable
RA01092

Leadership Beyond Your Team Managing Up and Across

Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 16-17, 2024 (D097)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,695
  • Mar. 3-6, 2025 (D358)
    Live Online
    $1,695
  • Sep. 29-30, 2025 (D359)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,695
Many management courses, including our own course: Managing Technical Teams, teach you how to deal with direct and indirect reports. To be successful, however, you also need to manage (or strongly influence) the behavior of those who are at your level or higher. But they may not understand your needs or may be indifferent to them. In this course, you will learn how to make yourself heard when you do not have direct authority, and how to change others’ behavior to make them reliable partners in your programs and projects.
Customizable
RA01406

Critical Conversations Results-based Communication

Upcoming Dates
  • Sep. 18-19, 2024 (D096)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,695
  • Feb. 17-20, 2025 (D356)
    Live Online
    $1,695
  • Oct. 1-2, 2025 (D360)
    Madison, WI or Live Online
    $1,695
To achieve good outcomes in the workplace, we need all stakeholders to have open, clear and honest conversations with their team, bosses, peers and customers. Often conversations go wrong through misunderstandings and perceptions of ulterior motives. People are often aware that their conversations are not achieving the results they want but do not have any specific tools to improve them.
RA01567
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