Project Management for Utilities

Project Management for Utilities

May 13-14, 2024 | Online :: Central Time

“Enlightening, educational, and enjoyable. Applicable to any field or discipline.” – Project Director, BayWa r.e.

“This was a great introductory course to project management for employees like myself, new to this side of the business. The speaker gave great examples that will allow me to consider all options when needing to utilize the material down the line in my day-to-day activities at work.” – Senior Engineer, San Diego Gas & Electric

“I’m excited to bring the strategies I learned at the EUCI training back to my organization!” – Project Engineer, Vecor Limited

“I thought the speaker was engaging. She took her time and did not rush through the material.” – City of Naperville

“Good blend of group activities, individual exercises, and classroom style presentation for the allowed time.” – Project Director, Bay Wa R.E. Solar Projects

“Experience of the speaker in the field and adapting audience experience with material was excellently managed.” – Principal Engineer, Salt River Project

“Very engaging and very attentive to classroom and attendee needs.” – Engineering Project Assistant, San Diego Gas & Electric

“The instructor did a great job with this course. She covered a lot of material but made it relatable to real life situations.” –Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.

“The speaker was terrific—knowledgeable, organized, flexible, and engaging.” –Summit Utilities

“I knew nothing of project management and was hoping this could give me a good overview and a kickstart to the process. It did just that and more. The instructor was great in answering questions and either scaling it up or down based on understanding.” –Dominion Energy

Whether you are a project manager by title or you were just given the responsibility of managing a project from beginning to end, this course will provide the knowledge and skills to help you be successful in that role. The course will cover a typical project management lifecycle from initiation, to planning, to execution and control, to closing. It provides a general understanding of key processes in each of these stages as they may be utilized in managing projects in any industry, while offering examples that demonstrate their application in managing projects in the energy/utility space. 

This course will enable you to achieve consistent success in your projects by covering both the art and science of project management. There will be a discussion of tools and techniques but also how to make sure you understand what success looks like in your stakeholder’s eyes and how to lead the team to turn that vision into reality. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a project charter and organize project work using work breakdown structures
  • Create a project schedule and identify and manage critical paths
  • Discuss the pitfalls of not having the right level of rigor or proper scheduling tools
  • Create a project cost estimate and define proper levels of cost breakdown and tracking
  • Review components of a communication plan, how to formulate key messages, how to choose appropriate communication methods and how to ensure proper execution of your plan
  • Identify key stakeholders and their interest in the project and utilize stakeholder analysis to manage expectations, resolve conflicts, and gain stakeholder support for success of your project
  • Identify, analyze, and manage project risks and review the triple constraints and describe different types of risk response and when to use each


    Monday, May 13, 2024 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Course Timing

    What is a project and why you should care?

    • What is a project and what is not
    • Typical project lifecycle
    • Who is who and what are their responsibilities

    Defining and initiating a project 

    • Defining objectives
    • Identifying triple constraints
    • Chartering and initiating

    Group Activity (formulating objectives and defining success)


    Planning the triple constraints (time, cost, and scope)

    • Scope definition and development of the work breakdown structure
    • Schedule development and identification of the critical path
    • Cost estimation

    Group Activity (Defining scope and building a WBS)


    Tuesday, May 14, 2024 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In

    12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Course Timing

    Managing stakeholders and communications

    • Identifying and analyzing stakeholders
    • Developing a stakeholder management and communication plan

    Group Activity (Identifying stakeholders and developing strategies to manage them)


    Managing risks

    • Identifying and analyzing risks
    • Developing a risk management plan

    Group Activity (Building a Risk Management Plan)


    Executing the plans and staying on track

    • On-going monitoring and control
    • Tracking and status reporting
    • Change management

    Group Activity (Taking corrective action)


    Closing a project

    • Releasing resources
    • Closing financials
    • Getting final sign-offs
    • Capturing lessons learned


    Hengameh Pourfakhr, MBA, PgMP; Program Manager, Southern Company 

    Hengameh Pourfakhr has over 20 years of project and program management experience in the Energy Utility industry, specializing in large, complex, high-profile projects and programs. She is currently a program manager at Southern Company—the second largest gas and electric utility company in the U.S.—working on divestiture of an operating company affiliate and several generating plants. Her list of past projects includes a multi-million dollar undertaking to upgrade telecom and networking infrastructure at transmission substations across Southern Company’s territory and a multi-year program to implement Cisco-based VOIP technology at over 600 locations, including power plants, local offices, and operating headquarters across five states. She has also led cyber security, insider threat, and information protection programs.

    Most recently, she managed a project to launch an energy innovation center to bring innovative products and services to customers and led a crowd source ideation project to improve employee safety. She also has experience in the start-up of a project office and has a wealth of knowledge in best practices for establishing a project management center of excellence. Hengameh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MBA from Georgia State University. She is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and has earned her Program Management Certification from PMI.  

    Online Delivery

    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.

    • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
    • 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 attendees for 7 days after the event


    Project Management for Utilities

    May 13-14, 2024 | Online
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1295.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 5,180.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 9,065.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 15,540.00 (40% discount)

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before April 12, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




    EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.4 CEUs for this course.

    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

    Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and classroom exercises will be used

    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Course CPE Credits: 16.0
    There is no prerequisite for this Course.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preparation: None

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    Who Should Attend 

    • Managers or supervisors who oversee execution of projects
    • Technical leads or engineers who have been given the responsibility of acting as a project manager
    • Estimators responsible for or contributing to project cost estimates
    • Schedulers responsible for or contributing to project schedule development
    • Project managers who seek to improve their rate of success