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Project Engineers Toolkit


The Project Engineers Toolkit Training and coaching methodology is at the heart of our business.

Comment on the “Toolkit

It’s full of great practical advice for anyone coming into the world of Project Engineering – not just about managing the work but dealing with the more difficult people issues.

Bob Keiller CBE


The Toolkit has four key features

– Based on 30 years experience
– Focus on ”soft” yet vital PE skills
– Immediate practical application
– Discipline engineering from a Projects viewpoint

Covers both core PE skills and the softer leadership and people issues.

Soft Skills: Time management, Delegation, Meeting Chairing and Facilitation, Conflict Management, Presentation Skills, Stress Management etc.

Core Skills: Position Statement, Costs, Estimating, Planning, Change Control, Risk Management, PMBOK etc.

Discipline Specific Training: Covering the key work processes, inputs and outputs of each Engineering discipline

The toolkit will be offered in three ways;

– Face to face training and coaching for small groups
– A series of webinars
– A 300 page textbook

Advanced Modules

We are currently developing a range of advanced modules which will be of value to  Project Professionals.

To date we have, in collaboration with industry experts produced the following on line webinars:

  • Concept Garden
  • Independent Verification Bodies (Demystified)
  • Offshore Accommodation projects

Additional  modules are under preparation


Concept Garden

(Problem Solving Techniques)

This is a twelve part collaboration containing practical techniques for problem solving with Dr Billy Grierson.

These tools have been applied successfully across a wide range of industries (Chemical, Engineering, Water Treatment, Construction, Electronics, Oil and Gas). In this collaboration with Cranston Engineering he now makes these tools and techniques available to an even wider range of companies and industries using his expertise in the facilitation and development of creativity and innovation in groups and individuals.

Billy is also available for consultancy support and can be contacted at

Concept garden

Independent Verification Bodies


This is a two part collaboration with Independent Verification Bodies expert Pam Jarvis

With over 20 years’ experience in the North Sea Oil and Gas Industry working for main engineering contractors and Operators on various EPC contracts and major projects in QA/QC and Verification Co-ordination roles, Pam has found her forte in managing the Independent Verification process.

Pam has a strong track record demonstrating success in implementing the verification process across a variety of brownfield and greenfield modifications and projects. She now imparts her knowledge through this webinar collaboration with Cranston Engineering Ltd.

Pam is also available for consultancy support and can be contacted at

IVB Mindmap

Offshore Accommodation Projects

This is a three part collaboration with Accommodation Projects expert Roddy Scott

Roddy is an veteran offshore Accommodation Specialist Project Engineer with over 25 years’ experience gained in the Oil and Gas Industry in the North Sea and in Baku, Azerbaijan.

He is experienced as part of multi-discipline design and construction teams on a variety of Living Quarters projects from New Build Single Lift Structures, Modular Construction LQs and Modifications of Existing Offshore Living Quarters.

He now shares his knowledge and insights through this webinar collaboration with Cranston Engineering Ltd.

Roddy is also available for consultancy support and can be contacted at

who is the oil and gas toolkit for?

This Oil & Gas training course has wide application from new entrants to the industry to experienced managers requiring Topsides Projects insights.  The course is designed for busy, time-limited professionals and aims to deliver 30+ years knowledge and experience in circa 30 hours.


A structured approach to all aspects of Oil & Gas topsides Project Engineering that will form the basis for developing your individual style.


For an experienced Project Engineer, changing industries, the “Disciplines” modules will allow faster conversion.


This allows managers a detailed understanding of the overall Project Engineering/Management processes.


Lack of Tier 1 contractor knowledge/experience is often a blocker to gaining a position. This course will assist in demonstrating the required knowledge.


Lets the potential transitioning engineer see what Projects is really about.


If you are managing a contractor this will ensure you understand the key processes and disciplines.


For Technicians and Engineers working offshore the Toolkit provides a route to the transition to an onshore role.

How is it delivered?

The toolkit will be offered in three ways;

– Face to face training and coaching for small groups
– E Learning via a series of webinars
– A textbook

Face to Face Training Process

This process involves individual/small group coaching starting with information gathering on education, experience and aspirations, then providing targeted training and coaching starting with most appropriate tools and techniques.

Output to client management is structured feedback on abilities, areas for development and future potential whilst maintaining confidentiality, (within sensible limits) of discussions with person coached.

E Learning / Webinars

Update 22.4.20

A series of 31 webinars covering  all aspects of the toolkit has now been completed, proofed and uploaded to our webinar platform. This is now availible to students  for immediate course access.

This will allow learning at the students own pace in any location with internet access. It is recommended that this self paced learning is supported with a number of online/in person coaching sessions to optimise the experience.


Two different versions of 300 page Project Engineer’s Toolkit textbooks have been published and are now available  from many online outlets including Amazon, WH Smith etc or direct from Cranston Engineering at the following link.

The original “Toolkit” is focussed on Offshore Oil & Gas with a more recent edition published now covering Onshore Process Facilities.

What readers say…

Contents of the Toolkit


This Oil and Gas training course is in three parts which can be either taken individually or together covering:

‘Soft Skills’


This section contains the, often underestimated, Leadership and Communication skills. As a significant part of a Project Engineers time is spent dealing with people these vital skills will help you make a real difference in managing your teams. It will also give you techniques for managing the “people” challenges.

Core Project Management

These core Project Management elements are supported by actual industry examples of documentation. You will be given guidance on how to effectively interpret and use these tools. Additional Project Engineer specific tools are provided to enable you to be more effective in dealing with your Project Services colleagues.

The Engineering Disciplines

Integration of the individual engineering disciplines inputs is a vital part of a Project Engineers responsibilities. These modules cover the Engineering Disciplines from a Projects Engineers viewpoint. Each discipline is split into its key components. This will help demystify these specialists and you will understand how each discipline works. This will allow you to integrate the various disciplines into your projects.

Find out more about the Project Engineers Toolkit.