By - Jon Brown

Project Management for Power Generation Professionals
January 20-21, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Modeled specifically for the power generation industry, this course will give the participant a strong overview of project management fundamentals and how to apply them to real world projects. The content is in compliance with the PMBOK© (Project Management Body of Knowledge) as published by PMI (Project Management Institute).

The participant will learn how to determine project scope, develop a budget and schedule, anticipate and minimize potential problems using risk management, communicate more effectively, and become an effective project leader. These topics will be illustrated with real case studies and reinforced with class team projects. The course will also illustrate how projects coincide with company policy and strategies, helping the project leader understand how projects usually involve cross-company departments and expertise.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Effectively plan and execute high-visibility projects
  • Identify unique situations in plant operations and project planning
  • Apply best practices in identifying and preventing problems
  • Develop a communications plan
  • Obtain a high comfort level in scoping a project and developing a budget
  • Develop a realistic schedule
  • Discuss how cost overruns impact the bottom line and electric rates
  • Explain the role of leadership and relationships in projects
  • Utilize a process for successful project closure



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.3 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course. 

Who Should Attend 

Power generation professionals including:

  • Project executives
  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Plant engineers
  • Environmental specialists
  • Operations managers
  • Outage planners

Those who are directly involved with the production of:

  • Power from power plants
  • Alternative energy systems
  • Renewables


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome  

9:00 am – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 pm :: Lunch Break

Introduction to PM  

  • Project management vs. program management—what is the difference?
  • What are the initial obstacles faced in managing projects?
  • Characteristics of projects
  • Why do projects fail?
  • Unique situations in the power generation industry: Corporate planning vs. plant execution
  • Five process groups, ten knowledge areas, and the project lifecycle
  • Project influences
  • Case study
  • Tabletop discussion

Scope and Initiation  

  • The mission statement and SMART objectives
  • Case study: Changing project requirements
  • Determining project requirements and scope
  • Defining scope with the WBS (Work Breakdown Structure)
  • Critical success factors, assumptions, and constraints
  • Team exercise: Determine project stakeholders, requirements, and building a WBS

Project Schedule 

  • Activity definition, sequencing, and task durations
  • Schedule definitions
  • Building a simple project network
  • Finding the project’s critical path
  • Using the PERT method to estimate task duration
  • Team exercise: Using the WBS to build a network, determine critical path, and find float time

Thursday, January 21, 2021 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome  

9:00 am – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 pm :: Lunch Break

Project Costs 

  • Using the WBS to develop a cost estimate
  • Capital expense vs. operating expense
  • Use of proformas, overheads, and direct costs
  • Types of estimating for budget development
  • Disaster recovery, controlling scope, sunk costs, and contingency costs
  • How do we prevent scope growth?
  • Tabletop discussion: Budget development and control, impact on utility rates

Managing Project Risks  

  • What is a project risk?
  • Components of risk: Probability, impact, and expected monetary value
  • Case study: A project fraught with risks
  • How to perform a risk review
  • Incorporating risk contingencies into the project budget
  • Developing risk mitigation strategies
  • Team exercise: Perform a risk review on your team project

Project Communications 

  • Corporate organizational structures and why communications are critical
  • Identifying stakeholders and forging relationships
  • Tabletop discussion: What makes a team successful?
  • Types of conflict and conflict resolution strategies
  • Barriers to communication
  • Useful communication tools
  • Stakeholder management
  • Team exercise: Develop a stakeholder ID Chart

Project Quality  

  • Definition of quality
  • QA vs. QC
  • Quality planning tools
  • Group exercise: Develop a process flow chart
  • Quality management and quality of the final deliverable
  • Quality discussion questions

Closing the Project 

  • How do we know when we are finished?
  • Types of project closure
  • Key issues during the closing phase
  • Project closing process
  • Project evaluation, lessons learned, and final report


David Tennant, Windward Consulting Group LLC

David Tennant has successfully directed over $3.5 Billion in projects, programs, and resources. With degrees in engineering and business (MBA), he has a unique perspective on projects in the utility industry having spent over 30 years in this sector. His experience includes engineering, operations, marketing, board leadership, consulting, training, and numerous executive roles.

Mr. Tennant has had projects worldwide and published over 35 articles on technical and managerial topics. His utility expertise includes IOUs, EMCs, and municipal governments including nuclear, fossil, biomass, and alternative energy power generation. He is a registered professional engineer and certified project manager (PMP).

Online Delivery

Our courses are designed to be the best possible use of your valuable time – get the information you need to improve your position in the market in an interactive, dynamic format.

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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