Certificate in Engineering Leadership

UW Professional & Continuing Education

UW Professional & Continuing Education


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Who should attend

Engineers who are new to a leadership role or want to improve their leadership skills.

About the course

Guide Technical Projects and Become a Team Leader

Successful engineering projects require more than just technical expertise. Effective leadership is the key to managing all the moving parts of a project and ensuring they combine to meet established requirements and objectives.

In this four-course certificate program, you’ll gain the tools and knowledge to become a successful technical lead, first-level manager or program manager in an organization of any size. We’ll explore how to communicate with business professionals and participate in negotiations and the decision making process. Increase your confidence in leading diverse teams, mentoring employees, making data-driven decisions and guiding complex projects to completion.

What you’ll learn

  • Ways to align technical projects with business strategy and how to scope projects from concept to final approval
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods for decision making, including decision trees, Monte Carlo simulation and other decision analysis tools
  • How to leverage technology, manage risk and communicate project objectives and progress to senior management
  • Approaches for handling cultural and generational diversity and team dynamics
  • Project management strategies, tools and best practices

Learning formats

Online with real-time meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time.

Blended (classroom + online)

You’ll have the choice of attending class sessions online or in person, based on your preference from week to week. Online classes are delivered in real time using web conferencing software. Classroom sessions are held on the UW Seattle campus. Course sessions are also recorded and available for later review.


Steve Montgomery

Steve Montgomery is a senior program manager in the Surface group at Microsoft, where’s responsible for power consumption, system performance and battery life for all Microsoft Surface devices. Since joining Microsoft in June 2014, he’s worked on the Surface 3, the Surface Pro4, the Surface Book ...

Tamaira Ross

In her role at Blue Origin, a commercial launch company dedicated to opening human access to space, Tamaira Ross is leading design of several elements necessary for orbital flight. Previously, she was a technical fellow in Boeing Defense, Space & Security, where she led preliminary vehicle de...

Charles Raplee

Charles Raplee is a senior program manager in the venture integration group at Microsoft. Since starting this role in February 2012, he’s led numerous technical projects supporting mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and integrations within Microsoft. Working with cross-functional organizational ...

Brian Tidball

Brian Tidball is a senior researcher at Philips Sonicare, where he is responsible for product and consumer research for oral healthcare products. He represents the consumer in the innovation and design process, working closely with marketing, design and engineering teams to drive innovation and d...

Certificate in Engineering Leadership at UW Professional & Continuing Education

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