Sample study questions
What are the different types of work performed by engineering managers?
– Plan, organize, lead, and control the efforts of self and others
– Specialized, non management work done by engineering
managers if others cannot do it for them (DOING),
– Management and
technical work that has been delegated to others (MONITORING and CONTROLLING)
How do strategic and operational decisions differ?
by specifying the right things to do, done by high
level engineering managers,
Operational (Tactical) Decisions –
specify way to
implement a task/project/program, define how to do things correctly
What are the four basic functions of engineering management?
(forecasting, setting objectives, action planning, administering policies,
(selecting organizational structure, delegating,
establishing working relationship),
(deciding, communicating, motivating,
(setting performance standards,
What challenges does the new millennium present to engineering managers?
Rapidly changing technologies, Internet/communication, Globalization, Customer
demand (marketplace changes), Business networks, fierce competition, Material
constraints, Complex teams, Supply chain management, Global unrest
Managers need to lead from many viewpoints.
Describe these viewpoints and the importance of
managers to consider these alternatives.
Sample study questions
What is strategic planning?
What is operational planning?
How are they similar and how do
- Define future activities which are worth doing
by the unit/company to assure
that the company applies its recourses (skilled manpower, time, money, physical
resources -equipment, facilities, business relationships) effectively
to achieve its short-
term and long-term goals,
- Define tasks/events to be accomplished with the
least amount of resources within the shortest time, to assure that the company applies its
to achieve its short-term and long-term goals
What questions does each type of planning attempt to answer?
Company’s mission, vision, specific goals, Core technologies, Networking, Partnerships,
Most efficient way to accomplish tasks, Operational Guidelines
What is a product life cycle?
How do the stages of the product life cycle affect planning?
Initiation, growth, market saturation, and decline
-- paying attention will guide for
introducing new products or enhancements in timely manner
What tools are available to assist with strategic planning?
Market research, SWOT analysis (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities threats),