This website is dedicated to all Project Engineers across the globe engaged in Oil & Gas Project Engineering.
It is intended to provide readily usable tools and techniques to aid the practicing or aspiring Project Engineer in the performance of his/her responsibilities.
As the Oil and Gas industry strives to become more effective and more efficient, our mission at Cranston Engineering is to provide you with the tools to become more effective in your role as Project Engineer.
The aim is to help you work smarter (not harder)!
With the recent downturns in the Oil & Gas industry and the lower oil price there is an increasing focus on more effective and efficient completion of projects.
Most Project Engineers become Project Engineers because they are self motivated and take the lead in resolving issues and completing scopes. These Project Engineers often have little formal training and coaching in project engineering and self learn based on support from other project personnel and hard-won experience.
Imagine you do not have to take the traditional trial and error route and invest many years to gain competency as a Project Engineer. As a practising Project Engineer and Project Manager for over 30 years I understand the challenges faced by new entrants to project engineering and to that end have over a period of 10+ years, supported by a number of industry experts, developed the Project Engineers Toolkit.
Having worked as a Project Engineer for over 30 years, I have gained much hard-won experience, which has resulted in developing techniques that work in the “real world” project environment.
As a member of project management organisations since 1999, including the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI), my projects are run using the principles contained in project management profession books of knowledge.
The skills and techniques in leadership and communication are influenced heavily from over 12 years of active membership in Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is a worldwide organisation of over 350,000 members promoting development of both leadership and communication skills. These techniques have been adapted for the requirements of Project Engineering within Oil & Gas engineering Organisations.
I have known and worked with Peter Cranston over many years, and so was understandably excited about the prospect of training materials from Peter relating to our Project engineering community. Peter is a class act. “The Project Engineers Toolkit” is everything that I had hoped it would be. It is a practical guide for those who are entering the field of Project Engineering for how they should operate in order to deliver success to their organization. The book creates rigor and structure in what can sometimes feel overwhelming for people as they enter this field in our industry. I have personally used this book as a reward for a “job well done” to our developing professionals in Worley, but have now come to see it as an essential part of the development of Project Engineers. Worley looks forward to further working with Peter as the material is developed further.
It was comprehensive course, very articulate. There are not many online courses that take you through the entire engineering lifecycle.
It was clear to me from the first time I met Peter that he has a vested interest in supporting the development of others. I met Peter via our mutual membership of Aberdeen Toastmasters Club. Peter is a very experienced speaker and gives very inspiring talks. As a Project Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry I was lucky enough to get one to one tuition from Peter towards my Project Management chartership. Peter took the time to work through my strengths and weaknesses with me and provided me with structured feedback. This has really helped me identify the areas I need to focus on in order to progress as a project professional which I can now take away and work on.
“A great read for both developing and experienced project engineers. It gives detail in all areas a project engineer is likely to experience. I particularly like the sections on time management and effective meetings. This is without doubt one of the critical areas in being a successful project engineer. The review of each project management and engineering disciplines is also a refreshing read, when you are about to work together on your project.”
I spent one hour with Peter and the amount of expertise he was able to impart, helped me achieve some real clarity on how to proceed with my presentation preparation. What struck me most when I met Peter for the first time was his calm, friendly and confident demeanour. As I was giving my presentation for the first time, it was obvious he was in the present moment, listening and observing everything I was saying and doing. Feedback was directly linked to my current skill set and how to move forward with specific actions I could go and work on straight away. I would highly recommend Peter's coaching to anyone looking to improve their public speaking and presentation skills.
The project engineering toolkit is a practical and considered guide which clearly outlines the principles of effective project engineering. With the industry facing a challenging period of structurally lower oil prices and future skills shortages, the project engineering toolkit is a step forward in developing engineering and technical talent for lean and agile project delivery. Peter has extensive knowledge and ability in the field of project engineering.
The "Project Engineer's Toolkit" provided me with a broad overview of each of the main topics and disciplines which a project engineer will typically be exposed to. In particular, I gained skills in the writing of position statements, which I have since adopted, adapted, and continue to use to great effect in my own scope management.
The Project Engineering Toolkit is a concise and detailed resource. Peter is very knowledgeable with a wealth of experience and I found his course to be extremely beneficial.
I found the Project Engineers Toolkit very worthwhile. This is a good mix of theory interspersed with real life application and easy to apply to my day to day working. The toolkit also spans a wide array of subjects within the overall ‘Project Engineering’ banner which proves a useful resource for any Project Engineer.
The PE toolkit offers the best of both worlds both academically and in practice. I used it daily in my role as a project engineer and it served as a great reference point in navigating the complex projects and scopes I managed during the course of the project life cycle. I have now transitioned into Procurement Supply Chain Management as a Contract Manager and still utilise the ethos behind the PE toolkit in structuring my teams and workload.
Peter has been and continues to be a great support for me on my journey to become a better presenter and public speaker. His calm, confident manner and clear depth of experience in this field helps when I receive feedback from him about speeches I have given and has really helped me to improve. He recently assisted my planning and preparation for a large, circa 200 audience, event I was speaking at by showing me techniques to break down the requirements of the presentation into manageable sections and work on each one to create a well-rounded talk. I firmly believe that the ability to speak well in front of people will assist me in my career and look forward to working with Peter in the future.
I completed the Cranston Engineering Project Engineers Toolkit over a 6 month period whilst working alongside Peter Cranston at in Aberdeen. I had predominantly worked in maintenance and operations offshore in the oil and gas for 20 + years with short term secondments supporting projects. When I commenced a full time role as project engineer managing small brownfield projects I found the Project Engineers Toolkit training invaluable. The course provides industry relevant tools and techniques backed up with over 30 years experiencing of managing a wide range of projects. The toolkits provide coaching and training in the technical side of project engineering and also the area of managing people. I was an inexperienced project engineer, however the training provided me with all the tools to work more effectively and tools and processes which I can continue to use in project engineering or adapt should I ever return to an operational role. I certainly recommend the project engineers toolkit training.
As a new graduate joining an organisation and going into a sector of which you have very little experience and knowledge it can be both daunting and intimidating. So when someone offers you the value of their hard earned wealth of experience, that of several other highly respected individuals in their fields and also a structured process to guide you on your journey, this is a fantastic opportunity to be afforded. Furthermore, when they can add to this a book for reference, webinars for interactive learning and face to face tuition for an opportunity to clarify and question findings this provides an environment to suit all learning styles. This is what the Toolkit and working alongside Peter has been providing me over the past few weeks and the content has been very relevant to my day to day role as well as assisting me on courses such as ECITB project controls that I have been completing. In my experience the Toolkit has been a welcome addition to my graduate program offering assistance in a well structured format I have found both beneficial and interesting. I look forward to continuing my own personal development through utilising the “Toolkit” I now have at my disposal.