CPD Diploma in Professional Engineering

CPD Diploma in Professional Engineering

Programme Overview

The second strand of the Future Professionals Series is aimed at engineers with between three and six years experience who are committed to deepening their abilities as a professional.

The CPD Diploma in Professional Engineering is a unique delivery partnership that works hand-in-hand with an organisation, its people managers and its graduates to accelerate the development of graduates with some experience and practice into professional engineers.

Participants will undergo a transformation in terms of their ability to make a significant contribution to their workplace as respected professionals who will shape future society.

For engineers wishing to deepen knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Award:
    CPD Diploma in Professional Engineering (NFQ Level 9, 30 ECTS)
  • Duration:
    12 months 
  • Commences:
    Next programme to start in January 2020 (Dates TBC)  
  • Closing date for applications:
  • Pricing:
    Member rate €4,750.00*
    * 10% saving applies to group bookings of 3 or more from one organisation
    Includes TU Dublin Student registration fee: €300
    The total cost of attending these modules individually would normally be €6,145.00
    Flexible payment options are available. Contact us to register your interest. 


Programme Content & Schedule

CPD Diploma: Module Codes and Titles CPD Diploma: Module Components Credits
Engineering Project Management
Project Management 1
Project Management 2
Effective Leadership: Analysis to Action
Statistical Analysis, Leadership and Management Skills, Negotiation and Influencing Skills 5 ECTS
Sustainable Engineering: Contracts and Delivery Methods
Lean Principles for Professional Engineers
Sustainability for Professional Engineers
Contracts, Claims and Dispute Resolutions
Finance, Risk Analysis and Handling Complex Communications
Communicating Complex Ideas, Finance for Engineers, Risk Management and Control 5 ECTS
Strategic Execution : Team Project
Including preparation to become a Chartered Engineer
Research and Analysis, Self-Directed Teamwork
Final Project Paper

All participants complete 35 hours of formal Project Management education, a prerequisite to sit the Project Management Professional Certificate exam to achieve Project Management Professional (PMP) status.


Aims and Objectives

The programme is designed to meet the needs of Irish industry and businesses for engineers who have expanded their knowledge, skills and proficiency as a professional.

The specific learning objectives are to provide graduates with:

A broad-based, up-to-date understanding of the wider capabilities required of a professional engineer
The theoretical and analytical skills and abilities required to anticipate and manage the engineering requirements of their organisation, including project management, statistical analysis and risk management
An appreciation of the nature and importance of the financial aspects of engineering, including contracts, claims and dispute resolution.
• Frameworks for foreseeing likely issues, asking appropriate questions and identifying solutions along with problems
• An appreciation of the nature and importance of team-work, liaising with clients and contributing to projects managed by other colleagues
The skills and tools to analyse problems and to use leadership, negotiation and advanced knowledge management skills to make decisions
A grounded awareness of contemporary developments in Lean Principles and Sustainability in an increasingly global environment
An understanding of the competences which lead to the title of Chartered Engineer


Programme Structure

This programme is based on a partnership approach between Engineers Ireland, the participant and the participant’s employer.  Participants must fulfill a Learning Contract which ensures they apply what they learn in a manner which benefits their place of work.  Participants must complete and report on a work-based project.

Employers appoint a mentor to guide candidates through the process and ‘Model Training Guides’ from Engineers Ireland set useful curricula for engineers of all disciplines and their mentors.

A CPD log means progress can be monitored and measured. Those who complete the programme and have suitable qualifications and experience can use their CPD log in applying to become a Chartered Engineer, the legal title used by professional engineers demonstrating a high level of professional expertise


Tutor Details

Name Specialist Areas Module
CarĂ­osa Kelly Education & Professional Development Induction Day
Declan Cunningham Project Management Project Management Module 1
Declan Cunningham Project Management Project Management Module 2
Declan Cunningham SPC, Design of Experiments, Response Surface Methodology, FMEA, Problem Solving and Statistical Sampling Statistical Analysis
John McGowan Strategic Business Management Leadership & Management Skills
Phil Kildea Business Policy, Business Mentor and Coaching Negotiation & Influencing Skills
Eddie O’Neill Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and Strategy Development Lean Principles for Professional Engineers
John Harrington Strategic Sustainable Development Sustainability for Professional Engineers
Conor O'Connell Organisational Behaviour; Communication & Presentation Skills Communication/ Presentation Skills
James Golden Law, Construction Contracts, Dispute Resolution Contracts, Claims and Dispute Resolutions
Eugene Daly Operations Management, Business & Personal Finance Finance for Engineers
Declan Cunningham Risk Management, Project Management, Process Improvement Risk Management and Control
Programme Director Education and Professional Development Final Project Paper and Presentation
Project Management, Statistical Analysis and Risk Management & Control

Declan Cunningham is one of Ireland’s top tutors on the subject of Project Management for engineers. He brings more than 25 years national and international experience as a senior-level Project Manager. He completed a Masters in Project Management in the University of Limerick and now develops and delivers numerous project management training projects with the Centre for Project Management in UL. 

Leadership and Management Skills

John McGowan is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland (FIEI) and also Past President of Engineers Ireland.  He received his BE in Civil Engineering from NUI, Galway in 1970 and his Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 1974.  He was appointed MD of McNamara Construction in 2006. 

Prior to this he was Vice President, Technology & Manufacturing Group, and Director, Corporate Services for Intel Corporation worldwide where he was jointly responsible for facilities management, utility supply, manufacturing support, safety, security, real estate and construction services for all Intel operations across the globe, administering an annual expense budget of $2 billion, and an annual capital spend of $1 billion.

Prior to joining Intel, John was a director of Jacobs International, with his final project for that firm being the design and construction of Intel’s Fab 10 facility in Leixlip, Co Kildare. John is a member of the Institute of Directors.  The Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland honoured him with the Engineer of the Year Award in 2000.  He was awarded the NUIG 2003 NTL Award for Engineering, IT and Mathematics.

Negotiation and Influencing Skills

Phil Kildea is a trainer, business mentor and executive coach with 20 years’ training experience. He works with clients from a broad range of industries in the Private and Public sectors. He has several qualifications including a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Studies (1st Class Hons),  a Graduateship in Marketing from MII, a National Diploma in Personnel Management, Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching, and Certificates in Training and Continuing Education. Phil is a certified NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming)   and also lectures part time in Business Policy for the Institute of Public Administration (IPA).

Lean Principles

Eddie O’Neill previously held a Senior Business Process Improvement (Lean Sigma) Consultancy role within Dell Computer Corporation, were he championed strategy development and deployment across EMEA Sales & Marketing organisation. He has extensive experience in people management.  He is a recognised team leader and motivator with strong communication and inter-personal skills.  Eddie is an expert in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma to Green Belt and is a qualified trainer.

Sustainability for Professionals

John Harrington is the Director of RealEyes Sustainability Ltd. He is part of a global network of sustainability experts and business leaders through his affiliation with The Natural Step International.   John introduced the framework for strategic sustainable development into Ireland in 2007 and set up RealEyes to help organisations use it and other strategic tools to improve and align what they were already doing on sustainability.  Recent RealEyes clients include Dublin City Council, RPA, Cybercom and the Green Awards.  John has a BSc from Trinity College and a DBS from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business.

Finance for Engineers

Eugene Daly is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years experience working with Irish SME’s, multinational and state companies. He worked for Enterprise Ireland, acting as a business consultant in the field of operations management and for six years worked in "financial due diligence" (i.e. analysing business plans of companies seeking to raise finance to grow).

He holds an MBA from Henley Management College. Currently he is self employed and has a keen interest in promoting financial acumen among engineers/scientists.


Conor O’Connell has twenty years’ experience in designing and implementing OD interventions with blue chip clients in Ireland and around the world. Currently working with Microsoft, Wyeth Medica, J&J, Oracle, Pfizer, Abbott, GEHealthcare, Accenture, EMC, British Telecom, West LB Bank among many others. The working relationship with these clients in some cases goes back over fifteen years. He has presented, consulted and delivered workshops in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Africa and New Zealand.   He is a partner and Master Trainer with the Time Manager International group (TMI) and runs their Irish operation.

Outcomes and Award

To complete the programme, a final progress reports is requested from participants and their mentors.

Award: CPD Diploma in Professional Engineering (NFQ Level 9, 30 ECTS)

The programme is recognised for CPD in accordance with Engineers Ireland CPD guidelines.