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Mechanical Contracting Project Management

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This course presents the practices of good project management in the mechanical contracting industry. In its 10 day format, the course provides practice in fundamental tools as well as advanced concepts. This provides ample opportunity for those beginning their careers or moving from the field into project management to learn the tools they need to manage successful projects; and to fill the gaps and present new project management concepts for those with some experience.

This 10-day course for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada is provided in association with the University of Waterloo. There are separate sessions on project estimating, communications, scheduling, claims, and more. Nine instructors, with related experience in the construction industry lead the participants through discussions, workshops, case studies, and simulations.

This course has been approved by the Canadian Construction Association for credits for Gold Seal Project Manager accreditation, as well as registered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Improve the planning and controlling of your projects, thereby improving your company’s bottom line.
  • Take a business view of projects and take ownership of a project from bid to final payment.
  • Increase your own project “lessons learned” by learning from the experiences of other participants.
  • Be able and willing to contribute improvements to your company’s project management process.
  • Be better prepared to take the Gold Seal examination, if you choose.
  • Enjoy your projects!



The Mechanical Contracting Project Management course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Working for mechanical or other types of contractors, as project managers, project administrators, project controls personnel, site superintendents, estimators, business managers, shop managers, or possibly, foremen
  • Managing or coordinating construction contractors



Specific trade knowledge is not required, but some experience in construction contracting is expected.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, exercises, case studies and suggested solutions, as well as parking, breakfast, and lunch each day.


Project Administration

  • Staffing, turnover, meeting management, pre-planning meeting, pre-construction conference, purchasing & subcontracts, documentation and the daily journal, jobsite organization



  • The Work Breakdown Structure, bar charts, logic networks (precedence diagrams), critical path scheduling, “yellow sticky” scheduling, schedule compression, resource levelling, schedule contingency, schedule reporting & control, short-interval planning, schedule analysis, and introduction to earned value and critical chain.


Managing Individual Differences

  • DiSC personality profile, behavioural styles, identifying strengths, motivations, communications, conflict management


Safety: A Management Perspective

  • A modern approach to safety, legal requirements, OH&S Act, foundations for zero Injury, motivating safe behavior, project safety responsibilities, new worker orientation, due diligence, hazard assessment, calculating risk, hazard controls


Change Orders

  • Evaluating the real costs of change orders, preparing credible and consistent documentation, cumulative impact of change orders, negotiating and selling skills


Construction Law

  • With case studies, the class will examine and discuss the construction contract (eg, CCDC2), essential elements of a contract, four negators of a contract, statute of frauds, interpreting contracts, parties to the contract, breach of contract, remedies for breach of contract.


Job Cost Control

  • Cash flow, cost control, work breakdown structure, labour reporting, change orders, earned value analysis



  • Project communications planning, effective written communications, performance reporting, interpersonal communications problems, conflict resolution techniques


Disputes Avoidance and Claims

  • Delay claims and change orders, claims against owners, critical path method scheduling, construction claims, the role of the consultant, case studies, simulated mediation with a panel of lawyers


Labour Relations

  • Labour agreements, jurisdictions, meetings, policies, procedures, managing people, case studies


Project Completion

  • Close-out, start-up, zero punch lists, post-project reviews, culminating assignment



 PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

course info

Course ID: 1150
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 10 days

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 49 14 7
PgMP 49 14 7
PfMP 0 14 7
PMI-ACP 0 14 7
PMI-SP 14 14 7
PMI-RMP 21 14 7
PMI-PBA 0 0 2

The three columns in the table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 70 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 10 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 70 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 70 Learning Credits