Mackay is about to launch its own offshoot of the Project Management Institute (PMI) – the first in regional Queensland.
An inaugural meeting will be held next Wednesday (November 9) to get the ball rolling, with Resource Industry Network director David Hartigan and Capital Consulting Engineers managing director Len Brunette as guest speakers.
CQUni senior lecturer in project management Richard Egelstaff has been co-ordinating the formation of the new PMI sub-chapter at a time when he says the number, size and complexity of local resources industry projects is stepping up.
“Project management is incredibly important, particularly in Mackay because it is such a centre of services to the resources sector,” he said.
“There are a lot of people saying we have to do much more in professional development, networking and generally getting more heavily involved in the whole concept of what project management is all about and how we make projects better for the clients we work with.”
He hoped to draw participants from three areas:
* Professional project managers,
* University students likely to be involved in project work upon graduating, and
* Tradespeople working in resources, construction and other industries who have moved into supervisory or line manager roles that often include responsibility for projects.
“They might see themselves as an electricians or a fitter or whatever it happens to be, but really what they are doing is project management,” Mr Egelstaff said.
He said CQUni had developed a range of project management qualifications about five years ago at the behest of industry during the resources boom.
But many of the domestic students completing those courses had been forced to move away to find work in recent years.
“What I’ve observed over the last two years, after the bottom of the resources decline was achieved, is there has now been a consolidation – things are beginning to pick up and we are seeing more projects come online,” Mr Egelstaff said.
“We’re seeing people beginning to return to the Mackay area and we’re seeing resources companies increasing the size and complexity of their projects.”
Mr Egelstaff has been involved with the PMI for more than a decade; he is also the recipient of the 2012 Australian Distinguished Contribution Prize from the Australian PMI National Awards Committee for his work with the Institution.
The first Mackay meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Engineering Building (building 24) at CQUni Mackay’s Ooralea Campus, Boundary Road, from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Interested people can click here for more information or to register.