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Critical Thinking for Engineers

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 30 September 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member: €345
    Non-Member: €395

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.


  • CPD Credit
    6.5 hours   C1, C2

This workshop will map the Critical Thinking Landscape showing the relevant inputs, process and outputs that can be practically applied in an Engineering Environment.


Since the time of Plato, Aristotle and Socrates (in the West) and Confucius (in the East) – Critical Thinking has been studied and practiced in Science, Law, Philosophy and other disciplines.

In todays modern world it has never been more needed, under utilized and in many cases mis-understood.

Through its lack of practical application, Problems can take longer to resolve,  Solutions are often implemented without adequate risk and cost benefit analysis and Frameworks (for Problem Solving, Project Management, Knowledge Management etc) can be poorly designed and applied.

This workshop will map the Critical Thinking Landscape showing the relevant inputs, process and outputs that can be practically applied in an Engineering Environment.

“Learning without thought is labour lost, thought without learning is perilous. Study without reflection is a waste of time, reflection without study is dangerous”……..Confucius 551-479 BC
“Critical Thinking is thinking about your thinking while you are thinking in order to make your thinking better”………Richard Paul (1940 – 2015)

Trainer's Learning Approach

The workshop is designed to be practical and attendees will complete a number of Instructor led exercises both individually and in teams.

Reference and use of the following tools will be included along with relevant case studies and examples :

  • Argument Mapping
  • Socratic Questioning
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • 9 Windows
  • 5Ws and 1H
  • KT Problem Analysis
  • Basadur Analysis
  • Perception Mapping

Course Program

  • Lateral versus Vertical Thinking
  • Critical Thinking Overview  - Analysis, Evaluation, Inference and Reflective Judgement
  • Critical thinking System Map - in Detail
  • Critical Thinking Frameworks 
  • How we think
  • Socratic Questioning – applying for Critical Thinking
  • Memory and Comprehension – WM, EM, LTM, Mental Modelling and Cognitive Load
  • Aristotle (logic) vs Confucius (pragmatism and timely balance) – importance to Critical Thinking technique
  • Argument Mapping 
  • Importance of CT to good Analytical and Inventive Thinking technique
  • Applying CT in Analytical Problem Solving 
  • A Learning Organisation – how it brings all the elements together………..and the role of Systems Thinking

Trainer Profile

Paul Comiskey has spent 38 years working in Military, Marine, Academic and Industry Organisations.

He is a qualified Engineer (practicing) and Physicist (MSc) and holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from CAMMS.

He has worked in the USA, Japan, China and Europe as both an Engineer and Manager.

He possesses specific expertise in Knowledge Management, Analytical Problem Solving (APS), Inventive Thinking (TRIZ), Systems and Critical Thinking and practices and teaches in Industry and at Universities in both Ireland and Asia.



Make a Booking

30 September 2019


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.