All of our projects are managed by Project Management Professionals (PMP). They organize and control all of our projects. They’re like computer processors. Our PMP leaders take in huge amounts of data – employee information, project deadlines, budgets, special requirements, etc – and spit out projects that run on schedule and on budget. It’s an impressive and complicated process. So much so, that we wonder just how Project Managers run such efficient projects?
Becoming a Project Manager – the Journey
Our Project Coordinators work under the careful watch of our Project Managers. This helps our Project Coordinators gain the necessary management experience while learning from the best of the best. While working full-time helping organize our engineering and manufacturing projects, our Project Coordinators are attending PMP classes. Recently, one of our Project Coordinators has taken the first steps towards applying for PMP designation. The application process is quite complex but worth its weight in gold. We thought we’d explore the intricacies of the application process and why it matters for the oil and gas industry.
What do Project Managers Do?
Tired of having project run over budget and over time? Projects of all scopes and sizes have thousands of things that can go wrong at any minute. With so many people working on the same project- from business, engineering, manufacturing – the smallest mishap can have the largest consequences. What stops projects from going out of control are Project Managers.
Project Managers are responsible for taking the chaos of employees, project requirements, budget, timelines (and more), and organizing everything and everyone into a set schedule. PMPs lay out goals, and set plans in place to obtain realistic objectives. This is part of the project initiation. But PMPs don’t stop there. Next, PMPs set to monitor and control the employees and resources throughout the projects life. Moreover, the PMP is the one responsible for closing the project. Meaning, the PMP does the final checks, wrap-ups, and presents the completed project back to the client. Project Managers also do contingency planning for cases where something can run off schedule or an unexpected event arises.
How Does Someone Get a PMP Certification?
Becoming a PMP is no small feat. Getting certified requires 3 to 5 years (depending on degree status) of project management experience. It specifies further, asking for 4,500 to 7,500 documented hours of project management. Sounds like a lot, right? Well that’s not all. In addition to experience, the applicant must complete 35 hours of specialized training. The training covers initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing projects.
Maintaining PMP Certification
PMP certification is a quality signal to clients. It shows that an engineering or manufacturing firm can deliver quality projects on time and on budget.
Because the PMP designation is an on-going system. What does that mean? To maintain the credential, PMP holders must take 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years. This ensures that all PMP holders remain up-to-date on their training and management expertise. Project management changes and evolves with time. But the basics of leadership, strategic business management, and technical project management remain the same. The PDUs ensure that professionals remain at the top of their game throughout their career.
DrillGear and PMP Designation
At DrillGear, all of our projects are managed by PMP designated professionals. Together with our APEGA certified engineers, we have the quality personnel to ensure all projects exceed client expectations. The process of moving from Project Coordinator to Project Manager is a big task. One that we’re sure our burgeoning Project Manager is up for.