Guide Technical Projects and Become a Team Leader
Next start date
March 27, 2017
Successful engineering projects require more than just technical expertise. Effective leadership is the key to managing all the moving parts of a project and ensuring they combine to meet established requirements and objectives.
This four-course certificate program gives you the tools and knowledge to become a successful technical lead, first-level manager or program manager in an organization of any size. You’ll learn how to communicate with business professionals and participate in the decision making process. Increase your confidence in leading diverse teams, making data-driven decisions and guiding complex projects to completion.
Engineers who are new to a leadership role or want to improve their leadership skills.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. Students must earn a grade of at least 2.7 in each course, and you are expected to complete the certificate within two years. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
By completing this certificate program, you can earn graduate credit. Learn more about credit options.
You must complete all four courses, in any order, to earn the certificate.
You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Navigating the Business Environment (IND E 581)
Technical Leadership (IND E 582)
Decision Analysis in Engineering (IND E 583)
Project Performance (IND E 584)
Certificate in Engineering Leadership
Approved by the UW Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Jeff Alberts, Senior Manager, IDS Supplier Quality Puget Sound Site Leader, The Boeing Company
Erik Anderson, Starbucks
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Ron Cline, Corporate IE Manager, Nordstrom, Inc.
Kadie Delzer Newman, United Parcel Service
Kay Eder-Staggs, Philips
Shelley Fukui Kolar, Nordstrom Internal Audit, Nordstrom, Inc.
Leroy Hanneman, Boeing Consultant
Rich Hansen, Consultant
Bill Jones, Boeing
Mohammad Kaddoura, Operations Program Manager, Microsoft
Jeff Kimbell, Group Manager, Supply Chain Security, Microsoft
Lance Kuykendall, Genie Industries
Bill Leep, Dassault
Roberto Lu, TE Connectivity
Andrew Price, The Boeing Company
Stephen Snelling, IIE Puget Sound Chapter Representative
Dave Thurman, PNNL
John Vicklund, IMPACT Washington
Rhea Wallace, IMPACT Washington
Rebecca Webber, Amazon.com
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online. If you apply online, please email your transcript and English language test scores, if needed, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax them to the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Attn: Sheila Prusa, 206-685-3072.
Or submit an application packet that includes:
The program begins in March 2017. We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on March 6, 2017. We will consider applications received after that date if space is available.
We’ll contact you within 10 business days after the application deadline to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking. It is not charged during summer quarter.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
This program offers students the choice of attending class sessions online or in person based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, which allows you to interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat or phone. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review. You must still submit all weekly assignments by their due dates.
Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.
Attend class in person and engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub. You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person. You may view the remainder online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter).
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Affiliate Instructor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Principal and Founding Partner, Thomas & Thomas, LLC
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