MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Project Management Certificate Program


If you need to better manage projects, MRC’s Project Management Certificate Program is for you! Whether you work with small, medium, or large projects, the concepts and strategies are the same.  Think of this six-session course as an affordable investment meant to jump-start your efficiency an effectiveness.

This course teaches the basics of project management terminology, creating a project charter, defining project scope, developing the project plan & work breakdown structures (WBS) using MS Project, and leading and communicating with teams. Attendees are typically new to project management or in the early stages of their project management careers. However, any professional can benefit from efficient and effective project management. After completing the program, attendees will know how to set realistic expectations with project teams, build schedules, allocate resources, lead change and manage budgets.

Project Management Graphic with Gear Concept on Touch Screen
The sixth session of Project Management will include:
(1) Creating a Business Case – documents the justification for the project and integrates time value of money, risk, and Net Present Value.
(2) Closing a Project – formally establishes that the project or project phase is complete.
(3) Group Project Presentations – each group will create a presentation based on 15 deliverables covered during the course.



Course Outline:
Session I
o Project Management Basics – Terms and Definitions
o Process Groups & Processes
o The Role of The Project Manger
o Creating a Project Charter
o Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct
o Case Study (The Challenger Disaster)
o Project Stakeholder Management
o Leadership & Coaching

Session II
o Project Scope Management
o Collect Requirements
o Define Scope
o Creating a WBS
o Project Communication Management
o Creating a Gantt Chart

Session III
o Project Schedule Management
o Decomposition, Activity list, Sequence, Durations
o Critical Path
o Estimating Work
o Case Study: The Northridge Earthquake
o Conflict Resolution: Dealing with Difficult People

Session IV
o Project Quality Management
o Data Analysis: Earned Value
o Meeting Facilitation
o Team Building
o Team Project Review

Session V
o Procurement Management
o Project Risk Management
o Change Management
o Team Project Review

Session VI
o Creating a Business Case
o Closing a Project
o Group Project Presentations

Leo Gilroy
Director, Strategy & Innovation
Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center
75 Young Street, Hanover Industrial Estates
Hanover Township, PA 18706

Leo Gilroy PhotoLeo’s career encompasses over twenty years of diverse industrial and DoD experience with professional positions in engineering, product/business development, marketing and sales. He is highly experienced in building relationships, understanding customer requirements and leading teams to meet common objectives. Additionally, Leo has extensive international marketing and sales experience that includes working with organizations in Europe, the Far East and Southeast Asia. Leo’s area of responsibility includes Strategic Planning, Innovation Engineering and Leadership Development. His goal is to help manufacturers create a sustainable competitive advantage by developing highly differentiated, value-added new products.

Leo graduated from Temple University, where he obtained a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Additionally, Leo graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Leo recently completed Executive Education at Wharton Business School.