Professional Engineers Continuing Education
Licensed professional engineers work in a world of evolving technology, increased consumer expectations and other emerging issues. Practice in this changing environment requires ongoing development of knowledge and skills. It is critical that licensees remain current with changes and developments in the profession to render quality services and to ensure public protection.
Binghamton University's Watson School is pleased to offer continuing education courses for professional engineers.
Critical Thinking for Engineers (PE14-01)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (6 Professional Development Hours)
About the course:
Engineers do not just have to deal with facts and figures, but must also be able to take into account the societal issues relating to their decisions. This means that for engineers there is greater uncertainty in their decision-making and an even greater need for more critical thinking and reflective judgment when they make decisions. This training module introduces participants to the concept of thinking critically. Critical thinkers are able to challenge the status quo mindset, promote thought provoking rational arguments, and objectively differentiate between perception and reality. The critical thinker utilizes a combination of the left brain's logical analysis and the right brain's creativity and innovation. He or she is resistant to group think mentality, while open to persuasion based upon the facts.
Participants will learn the following topics via experiential learning techniques:
The definition of critical thinking
- Fundamental analytical skills
- Qualitative factor analysis
- Three problem solving approaches: heuristic, optimization and simulation
- Decision tree analysis
- Skills for developing persuasive arguments
- Additional tips, tools and techniques for business analyst professionals
Each learning objective will be demonstrated with a practical example of an engineering problem, such as:
- Where to locate a new facility
- How to choose among competing suppliers
- Whether to add additional capacity
- What is the proper sequencing of work orders
- Resource allocation
The facilitator will provide value-added opportunities via a combination of slideshow presentation, roundtable discussion, individual and team-based hands-on exercises, and an interactive Q&A summary.
Who should attend?
This course is open to all engineers.
Binghamton University has approved this course for 6 PDH for professional engineers
in New York. There is a discounted price for New York State Society of Professional
Engineers members. A certificate of completion will be given to participants at the
conclusion of the course. The Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering in
the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University
is ABET accredited.
Instructor: Michael D. Ford
Michael D. Ford, CFPIM, CSCP, CQA, CRE, CQE, CPF, is Principal of TQM Works Consulting, based in upstate NY. He provides innovative solutions based on 27 years of experience in retail, distribution, manufacturing, and consulting. His work history includes software implementation, business planning, inventory control, distribution planning and corporate training. He has presented at over 270 industry events to local, regional and international audiences across the US, Canada, Nigeria and S. Africa.
Mr. Ford has presented corporate training onsite for all of the major manufacturers in the greater Binghamton NY area, as well as teaching classes for Penn State University, Binghamton University, Elmira College, Broome CC, Morrisville College, Tompkins Cortland CC and Finger Lakes CC.
He is a graduate of SUNY-Buffalo, earning a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He has earned the APICS' Certified Supply Chain Professional and Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Management, the ASQ's Certified Reliability Engineer, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Auditor, and the Institute of Business Forecasting's Certified Professional Forecaster. He is a qualified Master Instructor for APICS' CPIM, CSCP and Instructor Development programs.
Innovative Technologies Complex (ITC)
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
- Registration 8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
- Instruction 9:00 a.m. - noon
- Lunch noon-1pm
- Instruction 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee: (includes coffee breaks, lunch, parking and class materials)
- $225 non NYSSPE members
- $200 New York State Society of Professional Engineering (NYSSPE) member
- $125 Binghamton University Students
SAVE MONEY! REGISTER BY Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Registrations received on or after Wednesday, March 19, 2014 will be subject to a $25 late fee.
How to make a payment:
Payment must be made before the start of the program. We accept checks, credit/debit cards and PayPal.
- CHECK: Please make checks payable to: Research Foundation Award # 67070
- CREDIT CARD/PAYPAL: We now have the ability to accept payment via PayPal as well as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. The payment link for a secure transaction will be sent to you prior to the course start. Your purchase will appear on your credit card statement with the following notation: *PAYPAL RFBU WATSON
Confirmation of your registration:
We will send confirmation and course information to registrants by e-mail, so please include your e-mail address on your registration form.
- Brief confirmations will be sent out within two business days of receipt of your registration.
- More detailed information on parking and directions will be sent by Friday, March 21st.
If you have not received confirmation seven days before the start of the program, call the Office of Industrial Outreach at 607-777-2154.
1. ONLINE (preferred): Fill out the online registration at the bottom of the webpage. Make payment by mailing your check to our office. If you are paying with a credit card or PayPal, use the PayPal payment link below the online registration form for a secure transaction.
2. MAIL: Click here for a printable form (.docx, 34.5 KB) and mail with check or credit card information to:Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Binghamton University PO Box 6000 Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
3. PHONE: Call Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 during business hours and provide registration and credit card information over the phone.
Cancellation and refund policy:
- All cancellations must be received in writing (e-mail, fax or letter only - no telephone calls) to the Office of Industrial Outreach by noon on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 to receive a refund.
- Cancellation on confirmed registrations are subject to a $20 administrative fee.
- No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after Wednesday, March 19, 2014
- Substitutions may be made anytime before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.
- If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.
Submit your written cancellation request to:E-MAIL: email@example.com FAX: 607-777-6256 MAIL: Lisa Altman, Office of Industrial Outreach Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science Binghamton University PO Box 6000 Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Any questions or recommendations for future programs, please contact Lisa Altman at 607-777-2154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.