Mastering the Transition from Technical Expert to Leaderinterpro.wisc.edu/RA00014 See upcoming dates
The May 2022 course will be delivered in a hybrid model with students participating in a face-to-face setting and virtually. Those participating virtually will work together in Zoom break-out groups. The presentation will be shared simultaneously in the classroom and online. Online students will have the ability to interact through their microphone and the Zoom chat. This is a very interactive course and set up to maximize the experience both for the in-person and online participants.
Increase your awareness of the common pitfalls you’ll face as you move into management, and bolster your skills and knowledge to make the transition a success.
Learn how to:
- Identify the challenges of the transition to management
- Examine the functions and roles of a manager versus a leader
- Identify the skills needed to become an effective manager and leader
- Implement effective management techniques
- Continue improving your management performance on the job
Throughout the course, your instructor will emphasize the skills required to effectively motivate and supervise others.
Who Should Attend?
- Engineering managers
- Technical professionals transitioning to supervisory roles
This course is part of the Technical Leadership Certificate. Course may be taken individually as well.
- Course Introduction / Individual Introduction
- Your Role as a Manager/Leader
- Differences Between Management and Leadership
- 3 Focus Tiers of Leadership
- Day 1 Takeaways
- Leadership styles
- Team Motivation
- Day 2 Take-aways
- Business Skills
- Evolving from Technical Expert to Team Leader
- Embracing Diversity
- Performance Management
- Executive Presence
- Powerful Presentations
- Managing through Disruption
- Bringing It All Back Together
“Great work, really impressed with the level of engagement we got from the class! This was the most engaged virtual class I've had yet.”
Online Student, Fall 2020
"I've taken several internal management classes. This is by far the highest-quality management class I've taken. Highly recommend."
Doug Eberle, Southwest Research Institute
"I basically needed PDHs–this looked like an interesting class. It turned out to be the best in content and instruction that I have had."
Ronald Bowman, Self-employed
"Learned things I'd never been exposed to before in my education or career."
Aaron Vanmoer, Lyon County Highway Department
"Great tools to utilize and improve my skills as a manager."
Jeff Van Sickel, POWER Engineers, Inc.
"Great content – good pace – well worth taking the time."
Bob Baldwin, Southern California Edison
Susan Ottmann is a graduate program director for Engineering Professional Development, in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She leads the non-credit professional programs and the online degrees in Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Data Analytics. She teaches courses in technical leadership and technical project management for both credit and professional development programs.
Susan has more than 25 years of industrial engineering experience in multiple engineering, marketing, manufacturing and leadership roles for a number of multinational companies. In the 10 years prior to joining UW-Madison, she led global business for Danaher and Thermo Fisher Scientific. In these roles she was responsible for teams in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Her education includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and an M.S. in Management from North Carolina State University. She is active in the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In her free time, Susan volunteers with the Goodwill VITA Tax Program and is a board member for the Lake Waubesa Sailing Club.
Heather Smith is a program director for the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs at UW-Madison. She is responsible for the online Master’s degree program in Engineering Management and teaches Leadership and Project Management courses. Heather is known as a motivational leader with a focus on adaptability and risk management. She has over 18 years of experience in the test and measurement sector at National Instruments as both an engineer and a leader. Smith has a track record of leading high-risk projects for consumer electronics, RF, solar, and the oil and gas industries. Her focus on international projects brought together a diverse set of partners, suppliers and customers onto teams dedicated to the project goal. She credits her success with building a team culture of trust and respect, where candor, continuous learning, and building a listening culture is vibrant.
Upcoming dates (1)
Fee instruction and course materials.
- CEU: 1.4
- PDH: 14
Tuesday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Course times for both options: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time
Logon and access online course space and materials at 7:30 AM Central Time on May 17, 2022
Registration at Pyle Center starts at 7:30 AM Central Time on May 17, 2022
All registrants should complete the setup process to access the online exam course website. You will have the option to take the course online during the listed date range OR in-person in Madison on the listed date range. Registration to the online course materials website is required for both options.
Susan Ottmann, Heather Smith
10% discount per person for participants registered in the Technical Leadership Certificate series. InterPro will verify your participation.
If you cannot attend, please notify us by no later than one week before your course begins, and we will refund your fee. Because this course has limited enrollment, cancellation received after this date and no-shows are subject to the full course fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.