The Project Engineer's Toolkit "Soft Skills"

These 9 modules cover the, often underestimated, Leadership and Communication skills. It will also give you techniques for managing the “people” challenges.

The "Soft" yet vital Leadership skills that will make a real difference in your Projects

Background to the “Toolkit”

First a little background to the where the course has come from.

I have worked as a Project Engineer, (And sometimes Project Manager), in Oil & Gas Operators and main engineering contractors for over 30 years and on many occasions have been requested to mentor/train/coach less experienced engineers.

This started over 25 years ago with regular early morning 1/1 meetings covering the wide range of Project Engineering topics. Over the years this became progressively more structured and a training dossier began to build up. About 5 years ago one of the Project Engineering , morning session, “students” advised that this was the “Cranston School of Project Engineering” and the seed for this course was sown.

During a number of sabbaticals the course has now been fully developed based on APM and PMI body of knowledge concepts and on comprehensive contributions from Oil and gas specialists and feedback from beta testing.


Course Transformations

Are you one of the following, seeking training and coaching in the "Soft Skills" elements of Project Engineering, but unsure how to get ahead of the competition?

  • Graduate seeking first career position
  • Graduate Engineer
  • Early career Project Engineer
  • Project Engineer outside Oil & gas industry
  • Manager seeking overview of the topsides project processes
  • Subcontract Engineer seeking career progression
  • Discipline Engineer transitioning to Projects
  • Client/Operator Project personnel
  • Offshore Engineer/technician seeking onshore role

Completion of the course will provide the following transformations:

Graduates seeking first position

Demonstrate you know what the required Projects “Soft Skills” are about and have a significant advantage in job interviews.

Graduate & Early Career Engineers

Quickly and comprehensively assimilate the all important “Soft Skills” that normally take many years to gain by trial and error.

Discipline Engineers transitioning to Projects

Let’s the potential transitioning engineer see what the “soft” people aspects of Projects is really about.

Client/Operator Project personnel

If you are managing a contractor this will help you with those all important people issues.

Your Instructor


Peter F Cranston
Peter F Cranston

Peter Cranston CEng, MIMechE, PMP, DTM has been a Project Engineer for over 30 years. After graduating from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 His first real Project Engineering role was for a company building submarines for the tourist market which he describes as a “Boys own adventure in the Caribbean”.

He has worked for main engineering contractors/operators in a Projects role for the majority of his career on a variety of topsides, drilling facilities and subsea projects ranging from multiple modifications programs through to offshore modules and subsea tiebacks.

As a member of Toastmasters International for 13+ years he gained the highest award of DTM and as area governor managed 5 toastmasters clubs in Scotland. A portion of the communication and leadership skills developed at Toastmasters has influenced the important soft skills section of this course.

The “Toolkit” has evolved over 20 years as a result of the requirement to coach and develop less experienced personnel in a time and cost constrained project environment. Peter enjoys the coaching and training aspects of his work, especially seeing “Toolkit" students developing increased skills and confidence.

Peter is supported in both course development and coaching by:

Jim Martin

Ian Maycock

Pls click names for full Bios


Detailed Course Curriculum

To view each individual course curriculum please click on the selected course and scroll down to see the detailed curriculum.

Courses Included with Purchase



Module 1: What a Project Engineer actually does
Covers the many and varied activities and responsibilities of a Project Engineer
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 2: Meeting Chairing and Facilitation
How to prepare for, run and follow up the different types of meetings in Projects
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 3: Time Management
Improve your time management in 20 minutes. You will not be disappointed !
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 4: Delegation
Getting comfortable with delegating to your teams
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 5: Conflict Management
Lower the stress of conflict within a project with a range of simple resolution techniques
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 6: Motivation
Motivated teams are more fun to work with! The theory and application of motivation techniques.
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 7: Presentations
"Ace" those presentations to clients, colleagues and management
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 8: Project Psychology
Hacks and Tips for Project Leaders. The theory and application of Project Psychology
Peter F Cranston
£37
Module 9: Stress Management
How to identity and manage stress in yourself and your team
Peter F Cranston
£37

Original Price: £333


Graeme Baird, Worley Construction Graduate

"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.

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."

James Halligan, BEng IEng MIET Project Engineer: Chrysaor Contract

"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."

Mark Davison CEng MIET CMgr MCMI Engineering Manager BP Chirag

"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."

Alan Matheson, Production Team Lead/Deputy OIM Repsol Sinopec

"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 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 provides 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."

Susan Macneil, MEng CEng MIET BA(Hons) PMQ Project Engineer : Finlaggan Project

"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.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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