Aerospace Program Management - It's More than Scheduling and Delivery C0818

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

Effective and efficient management of today's complex and integrated programs requires both the refinement of interpersonal and basic leadership skills as well as the application of appropriate technologies and tools.  This course is intended to introduce basic program management skills and techniques to first-line and mid-level leaders to help them comfortably and confidently assume their role and to aid in assuring program success.

Areas of concentration will include the role of project management, communication, interpersonal skills, schedule management, interfacing with other units, Task Scoping (estimating, pricing, financial measures, etc.), project management software use, compliance reporting, risk management and more. This course includes lecture, dialog, and case-study approaches.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate more effectively in all media - verbal, written, and electronic modes
  • Refine interpersonal skills as they relate to dealing with diverse personal perspectives, attitudes, and motivational techniques
  • Develop and utilize task schedules
  • Demonstrate effective management of all resources (people, tools, and budgets)
  • Apply techniques for scoping programs/projects (resource needs, schedules, level of tasking, etc.) and effectively monitor and measure progress
  • Identify critical milestone events and how to develop alternate schedule recovery plans
  • Utilize basic project management tools and techniques more effectively

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for current and prospective program/project managers with a level of experience ranging from in-training to mid-level program management leadership.


A practical understanding of desktop software applications is useful as well as general knowledge of basic financial principles.

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

Drexel Rutledge

Drexel RutledgeMr. Rutledge is currently an Aerospace Consultant with Integrity Engineering, Inc. where he works with several aerospace companies in the area of Product Support and Sustainment. He also is the Owner/Principal of Rutledge Technical Services, Inc. - specializing in proposal development, technical information creation, training, and project/program management services for the aerospace industry. His principal areas of expertise are in program/project management, technical information development and delivery, and proposal development activities. His expertise in performance based logistics and international support applications have been sought out by multiple US and foreign aerospace companies. Most recently, he was the project manager leading a team of engineers responsible for elements of the airworthiness certification and system safety support for a new sophisticated military aircraft program.  Prior to joining Integrity Engineering, Inc. Mr. Rutledge was employed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company as the Systems Engineering Director responsible for developing and delivering the technical information needed to operate and maintain all aircraft manufactured or supported by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics by all US and foreign operators. Additionally, as a Senior Staff Member in the Global Sustainment organization, he shared responsibilities for determining and directing the integrated logistics support for all Lockheed Martin Aero Company products.

Mr. Rutledge is a Certified Professional Manager, a Past Chairman of the Product Support Executive Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association, a Past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Dynamics Management Association, a member of the Air Force Association, and a member of the North Texas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Board of Directors. He has served as the Industry Representative and co-chair of multiple Department of Defense and Industry project teams, including the US DoD Logistics Transformation Initiative. He is the recipient of the 2006 Leonard Ross Memorial Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions in the field of Logistics. He has taught multiple management courses of study for the National Management Association, created and presented technical training webinars for the Aerospace Industries Association, and has been a speaker and seminar/tutorial presenter at multiple aerospace conferences across the US. Mr. Rutledge has an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology, and Bachelor of Science in Business Management (Outstanding Student in International Business) as well as a Master of Business Administration from LeTourneau University. He has also completed multiple engineering, business management and capstone courses facilitated by Emory University, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT.

Duration: 3 Days
CEUs: 2.0

Fees: $1699.00

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