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The Project Engineer’s Toolkit


Paperback – 7 May 2019
£49.95 + free postage within the UK – Please contact us directly to enquire about worldwide postage costs.

As a result of 10+ years of gathering information about Oil and Gas Topsides Project Engineering, this book is now available to provide you with readily usable tools and techniques for performing your own responsibilities as a Project Engineer. As the Oil and Gas Industry strives for increased effectiveness and efficiency, it is important that we work smarter, not harder.

Book Layout

The book is split into 3 main sections:

– Soft Skills.
– Core Project Management.
– Engineering Disciplines.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are vital for a Project Engineer who will spend a significant part of his/her time dealing with people of various backgrounds, competencies and attitudes. Based on sound techniques these skills can be developed and practiced to great effect.

Core Project Management

This section explores the core project management competencies associated with Topsides Project Engineering and uses actual documentation examples to explain how to manage these areas.

The Engineering Disciplines

This section demystifies the Engineering Disciplines and provides insight from a Project Engineers viewpoint. These chapters will allow you to understand the work processes for each discipline, plus the inputs and the outputs so that you will be more effective in integrating all the engineering elements into your projects scopes.

Influences on the content

Content has been influenced by the following three main sources:

30+ years Project Engineering/Management Experience

Having worked as a Project Engineer for over 30 year much hard won experience has been gained which has resulted in developing techniques that work in the “real world” Projects environment.

Project Management Bodies of Knowledge

As a member of the PMI and previously APM since 1999 my projects have been run using the principles contained in the project management industry books of knowledge. Many of these principles have been used in development of this book.

Toastmasters International

The skills and techniques in leadership and communication are influenced heavily from active membership of Toastmasters International for over 11 years. 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 and gas engineering contractors.


Amazon Testimonials


The most practical project engineering book I,ve read – Bruce Webster

Rather than attempt to delve into the dull theoretical means and approaches to managing projects this book focuses on the actual execution of a project in a practical manner. It delivers a firm understanding of the role that a project engineer and the teams of people they will be leading and working along side undertake. The concepts addressed are extensively suplimented with ideas and viewpoints that, normally, one can only get from a mentor or through ones own failure. A valuable source of information for not only project engineers, but anyone who works within project or operations teams within the process sector whether just starting out to gain an understanding of the makeup of the company and team that you are in, or as an engineer with some experiance wanting to further hone your skills in this line of work.

Very easy to navigate, and conveys it’s message effectively – Arran Strutt

The Project Engineer’s Toolkit was recommended to me by a colleague at work. I am in the early stages of my career and was looking for literature which is well structured, and clearly explained to enhance my understanding of the field.
This book is an excellent solution. Its structure is very well thought out and every aspect of project engineering 101 is covered – It really does live up to its name as the ‘Project Engineer’s Toolkit’! I especially enjoyed the chapter on planning – It helped give more clarity when I came to address this in my job.
The book is very easy to navigate, and a great reference both at home and in the office. Chapters aren’t too lengthy and contain clear supporting figures.
I thoroughly recommend this book to both people new to the field, and more experienced Project Engineers who hope to add value to their team and projects – The book contains plenty of helpful tips and advice for this too.

Overall this book is well structured, and the information provided is very effective in giving readers a good overall understanding of the topic – 5*