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1st Edition

Engineering Management in a Global Environment
Guidelines and Procedures

ISBN 9781315265131
Published February 17, 2017 by CRC Press
122 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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


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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