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The Engineering Manager: Engaging Today’s Workforce (Virtual Classroom)

Implement essential management skills, tackle common challenges engineering managers encounter and reach high levels of performance.

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The Engineering Manager: Engaging Today’s Workforce (Virtual Classroom)
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  • Jan 17-18th, 2022


    List $795
    Member $795
  • Apr 18-19th, 2022


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Enroll now to save 52%

$1,650 $795

Enroll into Management and Strategic Thinking to Lead High-Performing Engineering Teams Combo Course and save $195

Course Schedule:  9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM  to 6:00 PM Eastern  each day, with breaks scheduled throughout.

Whether you are currently a supervisor or aspiring to become one, learning to engage and communicate with today’s workforce is one of the most critical skills for your continued success in managing engineering professionals and technical teams. Further, a person’s relationship with their manager is the largest reason employees remain at companies, or worse, leave companies. There are an infinite number of variables between a manager and employee, the goal of a strong manager is to reduce the number of variables which increases the chances of success and employee engagement and retention. This Virtual Classroom course will help you, the engineering professional, to engage and manage today's workforce with experience, precision, and excellence. 

This course focuses on providing a toolbox of essential skills any supervisor, manager, or team leader who needs to assist individuals and teams in their quest to reach high levels of performance. The course provides specific, practical solutions to the most common challenges managers encounter, such as how to motivate others, when and how to coach, and dealing with non-performance. Combining useful concepts in the behavioral sciences into a basic approach to managing people and teams, this course emphasizes the changing nature of today’s workforce, especially in a technical work environment, including mechanical engineering. The course is divided into two major sections:  

  • Diagnosis – understanding how to break work into parts—including the work people can do and will do—to determine when you should give direction versus when to give support 
  • Application – how to approach the model in real world situations engineering managers face everyday 

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Explain how to improve team performance and commitment
  • Encourage employee initiative and avoid grievances, complaints and legal problems
  • Increase your communication and leadership skills
  • Motivate the underachiever and get outstanding team performance
  • Mediate disputes between employees
  • Develop a personal plan for success

Who Should Attend?

Current and aspiring supervisors, managers, team leaders and technical professionals who seek a solid foundation in management skills and techniques.  

Course Materials (included in the purchase of course)

  • Digital course notes via ASME’s Learning Platform

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

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About the Instructor

Gary Dichtenberg is the president of Professional Development Associates, a training and development consulting firm, dedicated to assist organizations and individuals achieve their highest level of performance excellence.

The vast majority of workshops and consulting services has occurred at companies such as MassMutual, Delta Air Lines, Lucent Technologies, and Pfizer. Gary founded Professional Development Associates in 1988 after serving as vice president of training and development for Citicorp. Prior to his work at Citicorp he served as manager of management development at Consolidated Edison where he directed a broad developmental strategy that contributed to a fundamental change in the business.

Gary's expertise in persuasion and communication skills is enhanced by his broad experience in assisting companies improve their managerial excellence. He is a member of the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association, the Network of Organizational Development practitioners and the American Society for Training and Development. Gary holds a B.A. degree in history from Hofstra University. He holds an M.S. in organizational psychology from Columbia University and an M.S.W. from Yeshiva University.


Day One


  • Making the transition from individual contributor to manager
  • The Situational Leadership Model: Linking expectations to performance
  • The keys to people development
  • How to develop employee commitment and participation
  • How to motivate the underachiever,
  • How to align worker to task for optimal performance
  • Identification of one’s own leadership style
  • The ABC’s of outstanding team performance


  • The power and practice of the self-fulfilling prophecy
  • The elements of effective communication: Transactional Analysis
    • One way vs. two way communication
    • Pulling vs. pushing
    • Non-verbal communication
  • The power of listening
    • Sympathy, empathy, and reflective listening
  • How to deliver a straight talk message that improves performance
  • Making decisions based on data not ego

Day Two


  • Practicing the Situational Leadership Model: improving one’s diagnostic skill
  • Understand and practice the steps to effective coaching
  • How to know whether to coach or to counsel employees
  • Practice coaching and counseling situations
  • Coaching problems and solutions


  • Problem solving/decision making in team environments: the challenge of ‘group think’
  • Problem solving tools and techniques
  • Handling inter and intra group conflict: the manager as mediator
  • Self-management skills: the keys to motivation
  • Take home planning

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