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  • 1.  In-House Training Programs

    Posted 21 days ago

    Training is such a critical component of developing successful engineers and improving knowledge transfer within an organization.

    We are in the process of developing a more robust internal training program for our firm, and I'm interested to see what thoughts others in ASCE have on corporate technical training programs they've experienced.

    What have you seen that works?

    What maybe hasn't worked?

    Heidi C. Wallace, P.E., M.ASCE
    Tulsa, OK

  • 2.  RE: In-House Training Programs

    Posted 20 days ago

    Great initiative Heidi!

    Re: "developing successful engineers and improving knowledge transfer"

    Some thoughts follow:

    a. Form a study group to prepare and release internally an anonymous survey to ask everyone what they

    wish to learn more about.

    b. Research what the literature suggests the most frequent "Missing Links" are in

    our traditional CE education programs, from a "Looking-back" perspective.

    c. Start the training program with those in the C-suite and Sr. Mgrs. going first.

    I'm sure there is more to make the outcomes what you desire.



    William M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, F.ASCE
    Buffalo, N.Y.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot 1819 - 1880

  • 3.  RE: In-House Training Programs

    Posted 20 days ago

    I worked in a Corps of Engineers organization that had a tactical training plan -- what our people needed immediately to do their jobs better -- and a strategic education plan -- what knowledge and skills the organization needed to expand into areas targeted by our overall strategic plan. Staff were encouraged to include one or both elements in their Personal Development Plans. For those topics not readily or affordably offered by USACE, professional societies, universities, or private firms, our own employees with the necessary knowledge taught in-house courses. Outside tuition was reimbursable. Sometimes the latter were taught at partnering universities with our folks serving as adjunct faculty. A (very) few employees were offered a year's sabbatical for graduate study.

    I think it worked very well. Staff members reported educational opportunities as a primary benefit and the organization profited by quickly adopting new technologies.

    Bill Mc

    William McAnally Ph.D., P.E., BC.CE, BC.NE, F.ASCE
    Columbus MS

  • 4.  RE: In-House Training Programs

    Posted 16 days ago


    Please see the following summary of some of what I have learned from doing seminars, webinars, and workshops for internal educuation and training programs:


    Hope this helps.


    Stu Walesh PhD, PE
    Consultant - Teacher - Author

  • 5.  RE: In-House Training Programs

    Posted 16 days ago


    For about 15 years now, our company has been hosting sessions covering topics of interest from various disciplines such as mechanical, civil, structural, architecture, electrical, instrumentation, and geotechnics. At one point, even internal-use books were published. Presently, we continue to present primarily lessons learned topics. Some short courses are also taught by our staff focusing on specific technical topics, and since last year, workshops on engineering project management have been conducted to prepare future project managers.

    Robinson Ucanan C.Eng, M.ASCE