Management Education

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Electrical Project Supervision (EPS)

The Electrical Project Supervision program has been developed as three integrated components or levels.  Each of the three levels addresses the same topical areas, but successively builds upon the foundations established in earlier levels.  All three program levels are designed to provide important learning and skills for supervisors with a wide range of responsibilities.

While some materials in one level may be “beyond” what most foremen might need to accomplish their immediate responsibilities, it enriches their understanding of the business and process of construction and gives them insight into what might be ahead as they move up the administrative ladder.


On the other hand, some material might seem elementary for experience supervisors at higher administrative levels, but it enables them to review basics they may have forgotten.  Also, questions from newer supervisors during discussions often provide new ways for experienced supervisors to consider basic techniques and understanding.

Course topics include defining the supervisor’s role, team building, verbal communications, written communications, performance management, labour relations, safety, production management, planning and scheduling, tool and material management, understanding costs and much more.

Electrical Project Supervision Level I

Module 1 – Defining the Supervisor’s Role (Transition into Management)


  • Understand the definition of Supervisor
  • Recognize the role of Supervisor as Manager
  • Differentiate the attributes of management from those of trades people
  • Understand the names and definitions of classical functions of management

Module 2 – Industry Overview (Cost Realities)


  • Understand how a supervisor’s job fits into the work of construction
  • Understand fixed and variable costs
  • Recognize the cost basis for competing


Module 3 – Team Building (Team Building at the Crew Level)


  • Learn to develop teams


Module 4 – Verbal Communication (Communicating with the Crew)


  • Define the scope and importance of verbal communications
  • Discuss the effectiveness of verbal communications
  • Review techniques for improving verbal communications


Module 5 – Written Communication (Job Site Documentation


  • Reinforce the importance of written communications
  • Review four key jobsite documents


Module 6 – Labor Relations (The Legal Framework for the Ontario Construction Industry)


  • To describe the relationship of the various legislative Acts as they apply to the Principal Agreement between the ETBA and the IBEW


Module 7 – Safety (Safety Fundamentals)


  • Understand what a safety program is
  • Understand the supervisor’s role and responsibilities in the safety program
  • Be able to recognize and correct job hazards


Module 8 – Tool and Material Management (Managing Tools and Equipment on the Job Site)


  • Learn to better manage tools and material


Module 9 – The Contract as a Management Tool (Contract Fundamentals & A Neutral Contract)


  • Understand what a contract is
  • Understand how the contract impacts the job
  • Recognize good and bad contract language


Module 10 – Production Management (Case Study & Analytical Tools)


  • Recognize the value in production studies
  • Learn how to observe and analyze production
  • Introduce several anylitical tools
  • Consider the interaction of activities


Module 11 – Performance Management (Understanding Human Nature & Motivating and Leading)


  • Understand some of the common elements of human motivation
  • Recognize these elements in the context of a hierarchy of needs
  • Understand the concepts of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, motivation and demotivation
  • Be ware of the basic concepts of Theory X and Theory Y


Module 12 – Planning and Scheduling (Scheduling Fundamentals – Basic Bar Chart)


  • Define a schedule
  • Understand who needs a schedule
  • Understand the importance of a schedule
  • Overview various types of schedules and their benefits and limitations
  • Understand the Bar Chart


Module 13 – Understanding Costs (Estimating Costs)


  • Understand the estimating, cost accounting, budgeting, cost report, cost control and historical information database system.
  • Recognize the estimate is a good place to understand and learn about costs and their importance
  • Understand types of estimate
  • Learn elements of estimating terminology
  • Understand the basic elements of the estimating process

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Electrical Project Supervision Level II

Module 1 – Define the Supervisor’s Role (Supervisor as Part of the Management Team)


  • Reaffirm the Definition of Supervisor
  • Review some the elements of learning concerning the supervisor from EPS I
  • Establish the concept of team as a vital component of all Supervision
  • Introduce the Concept of Leadership as a Supervisory function

Module 2 – Industry Overview (Profit Realities)


  • Understand the importance of profit to the contractor
  • Recognize the fragile nature of profit
  • Identify how supervisors can increase or decrease profit


Module 3 – Team Building (Team Building Across Disciplines)


  • Learn to develop teams across disciplines on the job site
  • Expand your capabilities in team building


Module 4 – Verbal Communication (The art of Listening)


  • Recognize listening as an essential part of communication
  • Practice active listening

     (Customer Relations)

  • Recognize the key part supervisors play in building company relations with customers
  • Learn how to best communicate with the various customers


Module 5 – Written Communication (Project Documentation)


  • Discuss four types of documentation for my job developed by others in the company
  • Consider some key elements in writing project communication documents
  • Practice writing a brief report


Module 6 – Labor Relations (Evaluating Performance)


  • Define the purpose of a performance management system
  • Recognize the benefits of a performance management system
  • Learn and practice how to conduct a performance review


Module 7 – Safety (The Job Site Safety Program)


  • Understand pre-planning for jobsite safety
  • Be able to recognize and correct unsafe behavior
  • Be familiar with new worker safety orientation


Module 8 – Tool and Material Management (Procurement and WHMIS)


  • Learn to better manage the procurement of materials
  • Raise awareness of the requirements of WHMIS as required by the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) and OH&SA


Module 9 – the Contracts as a Management Tool (Case Studies)


  • Learn to apply the contract to resolve problems
  • Understand how to read, interpret and negotiate contract clauses
  • Recognize workface situations addressed by the contract


Module 10 – Production Management (Understanding First Run Studies)

        (Implementing First Run Studies)

  • Improve the supervision of operations
  • Be able to use tools and techniques to analyze and improve operations
  • Understand and be able to use First Run Studies to design and improve operations


Module 11 – Understanding Costs (Tracking Costs)


  • Review the estimating, cost accounting, budgeting, cost reporting, cost control and historical information database system
  • Understand the development of the project budget
  • Focus on the development of cost codes for a project

  (Managing Costs)

  • Understand the process of cost coding, reporting, allocation, comparison to budget, management decision making
  • Understand that management decisions during the life of a project are strongly influenced by the cost reports
  • Understand that cost report information is fed into the estimates for future projects
  • Understand the importance of proper and accurate cost reporting


Module 12 – Planning and Scheduling (Introduction to Network Scheduling) (Creating the Network Schedule) (Network Schedule Exercises)


  • Review the definition of a schedule
  • Understand the importance of a schedule
  • Review who needs a schedule
  • Overview various types of schedules
  • Understand network schedules and their terminology
  • Understand the concept of critical path
  • Understand the logic and calculations inherent in critical path determination

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Electrical Project Supervision Level III

Module 1 – Defining the Supervisor’s Role (Supervisor as a Leader)


  • To re-emphasize the critical importance of leadership in effective supervision
  • To reaffirm that leadership is a skil, which can be learned or improved
  • To define some recognized Styles of Leadership, and to look at benefits and drawbacks of each style
  • To understand and cultivate some of the best and most effective Leadership Styles known today


Module 2 – Industry Overview (Business Realities)


  • To recognize the realities of being in business
  • To see your job through the company’s eyes
  • To understand the nature of competition in the construction industry
  • To tie together many of the points from Levels 1 and 2 that dealt with the relationship of the supervisor to the company


Module 3 – Team Building (Building the Project Team)


  • To practice team building in a diverse environment
  • To learn to develop teams regardless of the contract
  • To develop responsibilities in team building independent of the contractual relationship


Module 4 – Verbal Communication (External Communications)


  • To understand how networking builds a support network for the supervisor
  • To learn basic negotiating skills as a means of achieving project objectives


Module 5 – Written Communication (External Communications)

  • To identify what type of documentation to look for
  • To consider how to track and organize documents
  • To learn the means to get what we need when we need it


Module 6 – Labor Relations (Progressive Discipline)


  • To understand the theory of progressive discipline
  • To investigate the grounds for discipline through review of actual case studies


Module 7 – Safety (Keeping the Job Site Safe)


  • To learn techniques in how to conduct Safety Training
  • To overview Government Safety Requirements
  • To prepare for emergency response and accident investigation


Module 8 – Tool and Material Management (Job Site Material Management)


  • To learn to develop a materials management plan for the jobsite
  • To learn to develop methods to reduce waste and spoilage of materials


Module 9 – The Contract as a Management Tool (Using the Contract to Run the Job)


  • To experience practical applications of using the contract to better manage field operations
  • To practice using the contract effectively


Module 10 – Production Management (Planning Construction Operations)


  • To understand the importance of reliability in planning construction operations
  • To be able to improve the reliability of plans for construction tasks


Module 11 – Understanding Costs (Cash Flow)


  • To understand how a Contractor receives his revenue
  • To understand how dollars in construction contract for performance of a project come to be “dollars in hand” for a contractor
  • To provide review and overview of the aspects of Understanding Costs as described in the EPS program


Module 12 – Planning and Scheduling (Managing Resources)


  • To underscore the critical importance of Scheduling as a management tool
  • To review some of the scheduling terminology and methodology learned to date in the Electrical Project Supervision program
  • To add to the knowledge gained, with two additional important concepts:
    • Resource Loading
    • Resource Leveling
  • To demonstrate the relevance and practical applications of these concepts for the Supervisor

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