Engineering Management Academy ACAD09

Topics: Management and Organization

Why a Management Academy? Why should you be interested in this Engineering Management Academy from SAE? The answer to these questions lies in the statistics highlighted by surveys of hiring managers. For example, are you aware that:

  • 28% of internal leadership promotions fail

  • On average, it takes six years before an individual receives any formal training after being promoted to a management position

  • Individual contributors, who are technical experts, are usually natural candidates for  promotions to management positions. However, without proper training in topics such as coaching, mentoring, team building, conflict resolution, decision making, and communication skills, these technical experts may not be operating at their maximum potential.

  • The academy is designed to initiate and/or accelerate the development process for participants by focusing on specific content and techniques throughout the week. Such an approach is intended to eliminate micro-managing, improve employee engagement, improve morale, reduce employee turnover, improve productivity and ensure a great ROI. The participants are likely to start using these methods at their workplace as soon as the week after the academy. Their departments, colleagues, superiors, juniors and in fact the whole organization is expected to benefit as a result of the improved skills of the participants.

SAE convened an Advisory Panel of Mobility industry representatives who identified the key topics to be covered in the Academy. We then gathered an outstanding team of coaches who have personally undergone this entire phase from being individual contributors, to being in engineering management positions, to being transformational leaders. These coaches will address the topics being offered by the Academy from their personal and first-hand accounts. The freshness and authenticity of their approach lies in the fact that they don"t want to be called "experts". Nor are they "Instructors". They are coaches who bring a combined experience of over 90 years to the academy, and are willing to share their experiences with others.

Attend this academy and:

  • Improve your communication and decision making skills
  • Manage challenging situations without getting emotionally hooked
  • Optimize your team's output, quality of throughput, commitment and engagement
  • Improve your ability to give and receive positive and constructive feedback
  • Begin a journey of growth and self-awareness for yourself to continually improve your leadership skills

Special Features

  • You will be assigned a coach who will work with you one-on-one to identify new opportunities for enhancing your management skills and develop an action plan that will help you move forward towards your goals and success as a manager.
  • Throughout the academy you will practice your newly learned skills so you are ready to implement them when you return to work.
  • Invited experienced engineering managers will be on-site to share their perspectives and lessons learned.
Learning Objectives

By attending this academy, you will be able to:

  • Assess your own management style and develop an action plan for continued growth
  • Select communication behaviors that enhance performance and team interactions
  • Identify traits that are important for managers to be effective coaches
  • Identify keys to successful decisions
  • Assess your individual behavioral style in conflict situations and identify best practices for dealing with conflict
  • Select positive strategies for dealing with employee performance issues
  • Identify specific types of interview questions which provide you with the most valuable information for the selection process
  • Identify important attributes, as well as impediments, of high performing teams

Who Should Attend

This academy is designed for engineers in transition to management, new managers as well as existing supervisors, managers, and directors who may have been in managerial roles for a while but never had a chance to attend formal workshops. Other personnel working in purchasing, information technology, manufacturing, quality, sales and marketing functions for OEM's and suppliers who want to improve their skills and provide greater value to their organizations, will benefit from the academy as well.


"I believe the academy is a must for leaders at all levels! The information shared is real world."
David Short
Executive Director
Product Design Altair

"Impressed with the amount of material I can take away and use right now."
Kenneth Gratz
F Tech R&D North America Inc

"The SAE Engineering Academy was very helpful in developing management skills. I can't wait to get back to work to start implementing what I have learned."
Bryan Forsythe
Product Development Manager

"The Academy was great! I will highly recommend it to others."
Jon Wurts
Lead Engineer
Kongsberg Automotive

"Overall, a valuable opportunity for high-performing engineers as well as their managers. I leave, energized with many new ideas on how to improve my organization and myself."
Jordan Schwarz
Global Test Engineer
BorgWarner Inc

"It helped to understand where and how to focus on molding and leading a high performance team."
Juan Rios
Software Engineer
Magnetti Marelli

"Great academy for any working person, even non-managers. Message is uplifting and motivating."
Bill Atkinson
Nostrum Energy LLC

"I believe the training was very good and I can implement a lot of new ideas in my workplace and in my personal life."
Bryan Miller
B/E Aerospace Inc.

"The academy is an eye-opener for every leader/manager, to not only learn how to better manage, but to also gain self-awareness."
Cedric Alexanian
Director of Manufacturing Engineering


You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Atul Kalia, Gregory Moss, and Jaspreet Singh

kalia_atulAtul Kalia - Lead Coach; Atul is a co-founder of SN Group , a consulting firm focusing on leadership development, executive coaching, process improvement, project management, business alignment and consensus building, business strategy and strategy execution. Prior to this, he was the Director of Engineering for a metro Detroit based supplier (automotive, industrial and diversified manufacturing). Since 1998, Atul has been acquiring experience in the areas of product development and launch, process improvement, project management and coaching in various leadership roles. He has instructed and coached hundreds of engineers over his professional career, covering leadership skills as well as technical subjects. Atul is an adjunct faculty member at Lawrence Tech University School of Management, where he teaches an MBA level course. Atul has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University in India, specializing in Automotive Engineering, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, specializing in robotics and kinematic and dynamic analysis, and an M.B.A. in Corporate Strategy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

GregMossGreg Moss Since 1983, Greg has been acquiring experience in corporate training and development, mostly within the automotive industry.  With a background that includes technical and management skill areas, he has continuously sought to bring the most relevant and up-to-date resources to meet the rapidly changing needs of the technical community.  Greg is active with the Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA) and served as co-chair of the board. He has been active in identifying the skill requirements and educational needs of the engineering community for many years. Most recently, Greg was employed at DENSO's North American technical center and marketing offices, which included running the program for training new managers. He is a Certified Performance Technologist and holds a B.A. in Education in mathematics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from Midwestern State University, Texas.

jaspreet_singhJaspreet Singh has experience in leading and building teams in automotive and utility industry.  He is currently working as a Senior Supply Chain manager at DTE Energy, managing a team of purchasing professionals to deliver services and materials for DTE Gas Company.  Prior to this, Jas worked in automotive industry for twelve years in engineering, business, and management roles.  He has successfully used various coaching techniques develop people and built high performing teams in delivering projects, programs, and departmental goals in various organizational goals.  Leading thru change is another one of his strengths. Jas holds an MBA from University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) in Ann Arbor and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Thapar University in India.   

Duration: 5 Days
CEUs: 4.0

Format: Classroom

Event ID: S-00538

Location: Troy, Michigan

Session Info:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fees: $2,950.00

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