1st Edition

Engineering Management in a Global Environment Guidelines and Procedures

By M. Kemal Atesmen Copyright 2017
    122 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    122 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    In today's global business environment with high speed interactions, engineering organizations are evolving continuously. Engineering Management in a Global Environment: Guidelines and Procedures provides guidelines for changing roles of engineering managers in the international arena. The book covers global, multidisciplinary, and flat engineering organizations. Recommended procedures for hiring, mentoring, work assignments, and meetings in the global arena are detailed. Guidelines for keeping up with technology and with the changing world, performance reviews, layoffs, necessary engineering tools, and work atmosphere are discussed. Procedures for engineering team building and for having good relationships with upper management, customers, subcontractors, and regulatory agencies are provided. Each chapter ends with a checklist summarizing engineering managerial guidelines in that chapter.



    IntroductionChapter 1 – Typical Engineering Organizations

    Changing Engineering Environment

    Types of Engineering Organizations

    Engineering organization for a medium sized production company located in US

    A multidisciplinary, global and flat engineering organization for a medium sized production company located in US

    Engineering organization for a medium sized wafer production company in US

    A flat engineering organization chart for a medium sized wafer production company in US

    Engineering organization chart for a medium sized global production company

    A flattened engineering organization chart for a medium sized global production company

    Checklist for Chapter 1

    Chapter 2 – Hiring Engineers and Technicians for an Engineering Organization

    Engineering Department’s Personnel Needs

    Candidate Interview

    Hiring a Potential Candidate

    Checklist for Chapter 2

    Chapter 3 – Mentoring Engineers and Technicians in an Engineering Organization

    Assigning a Mentor

    A Mentor’s Responsibilities

    Typical Interactions between a Mentor and a Mentee

    Checklist for Chapter 3

    Chapter 4 – Work Assignments for Engineers and Technicians

    Work Assignments for Novice Subordinates

    Work Assignments for Experienced Subordinates

    Work Assignments for Firefighting

    Unexpected Changes in Work Assignments

    Checklist for Chapter 4

    Chapter 5 – Engineering Meetings

    Meeting Preparation

    Meeting Management

    Global Meetings

    Checklist for Chapter 5


    Chapter 6 – Keeping up with Technology and with Changing World

    Avoiding Obsolescence

    Planning for Training

    Protecting Company’s Intellectual Property

    Annual Training Plans

    Checklist for Chapter 6

    Chapter 7 – Engineering Department Performance Reviews

    Performance Review Preparation

    Areas of Performance and Conduct

    Salary Increases and Bonuses


    Checklist for Chapter 7

    Chapter 8 – Laying off, Firing and Losing a Team Member

    Laying off a team member

    Firing a team member

    Losing a team member

    Checklist for Chapter 8

    Chapter 9 - Engineering Tools and Atmosphere Needed to Perform Effectively and


    Essential Engineering Tools

    Essential Engineering Department’s Atmosphere

    ISO-9001 and ISO-14001 Atmosphere

    Checklist for Chapter 9

    Chapter 10 – Engineering Team Building

    Subgroups in an Engineering Department

    International Teams

    Multidisciplinary Teams

    Team Leaders

    Cross Training

    Checklist for Chapter 10

    Chapter 11 – Relationships with Upper Management and with Other Departments

    Relationship with Upper Management

    Relationship with Customers

    Relationship with Subcontractors

    Relationship with Regulatory Agencies

    Checklist for Chapter 11



    M. Kemal Atesmen completed his high school studies at Robert Academy in Istanbul Turkey in 1961. He received his B. Sc. degree from Case Western Reserve University, his M. Sc. degree from Stanford University, and his Ph. D. degree from Colorado State University, all in mechanical engineering. He is a life member of ASME. He initially pursued an academic and an industrial career in parallel and became an associate professor in mechanical engineering before dedicating his professional life to international engineering management and engineering project management for thirty-three years. He helped many young engineers in the international arena to bridge the gap between college and professional life in automotive, computer component, data communication, and offshore oil industries.

    He published six books, sixteen technical papers, and has four patents. His books are "Global Engineering Project Management", CRC Press, 2008, "Everyday Heat Transfer Problems – Sensitivities to Governing Variables", ASME Press, 2009, "Understanding the World Around through Simple Mathematics", Infinity Publishing, 2011, "A Journey Through Life, Wilson Printing, 2013, "Project Management Case Studies and Lessons Learned", CRC Press, 2015, and "Process Control Techniques for High Volume Production", CRC Press, 2016.

    "This book is an outstanding contribution to Engineering Management. Dr. Atesmen is uniquely qualified to write this book due to his wide-ranging experience in high technology, engineering management in a number of industries, working with globally diverse clients and teams. This book should be required reading in upper undergraduate/graduate engineering and business curricula. It is very well-written with many real-world experiences spanning decades, countries, and industries that make this book very unique in the field."
    Husam ("Sam") Gurol, General Atomics-Retired, California, USA