This is the course to do if you are an engineer or technologist who has recently made the transition to team leadership. Alternatively, you are looking to prepare yourself for promotion and to make the move into technology management.

This course will give you the tools and introduce you to the techniques needed to make the transition from a ‘pure’ engineer or technologist to a successful supervisor / manager. We’ll explain the language and expectations, and give you some tricks you’ll need to use as you manage technical people and integrate with managers from other company functions.

Typically, you’ll be an ambitious engineer or technologist seeking to take on a leadership role within an organisation looking to grow you as an asset.

Delivered by experienced engineering managers, this is a no nonsense introduction to the world of technology management that will make your journey into management as successful and painless as possible.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost


    The course fee includes lunch and refreshments during the day and 1 course dinner. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

Course structure

Monday morning through to Friday lunchtime. This course is delivered through lectures and group exercises - both providing lots of opportunities for constructive interaction with the lecturers and the other group members. Case studies will provide practical examples of successful technology management in action.

What you will learn

This is the course you need to fill in the gaps in your business tool kit. We’ll arm you with business and technical management skills, and explain how companies work to make profits – and how as a manager you can add value and contribute.

The overall aim is to give you the tools to make the transition from an engineer or technologist into a manager, easing the transition and smooth out the learning curve.

Core content

You’ll learn about

  • Managing people,
  • Managing portfolios of projects, 
  • Intellectual property, 
  • Department and company strategy, 
  • Creative processes, 
  • Information management, 
  • Supply and demand, 
  • Acquisitions and partnerships, 
  • How to build a high performing team, 
  • How to market and pitch technology, 
  • How to get funding, 
  • Continuous improvement techniques, 
  • What others in your company expect from managers – and how to get what you want from them.

Who should attend

Engineers and technologists being asked to step into a management or leadership role, or at an early stage in their leadership / management career, and for those wanting an introduction about wider company activities / business.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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