Stop that! – Lessons learned from the PHCC Essentials of Project Management class

FALLS CHURCH, VA – “Stop it! was a common phrase heard at the popular educational foundation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) The essentials of project management training camp last week. There were 22 participants for the four-day course held March 16-19. The program was streamed live online from AO Smith University, with instructions from Purdue University Professor Emeritus Kirk Alter.

“Never say in my business that ‘the general contractor made us’ do something. Stop that! Nobody is forcing you to do anything in your job,” Alter said in the contracts section. “It all depends on what your company agrees to in the contract. As a project manager, you must read and understand every word of your contract and it is up to you and your company to remove or modify harmful clauses before signing this contract. »

In the section of the course on job site planning, Alter explained, “Some of you allow delivery trucks to show up at any time of the day. Stop, this is an incredible waste! Participants then learned exactly how much unloading an unscheduled delivery truck can cost in terms of labor hours and dollars compared to a delivery occurring at times that correspond to the daily mobilization/demobilization cycle on a building site.

Alter encouraged attendees to learn from the mistakes of others by reading a variety of business and management books. “You tell me you don’t have time to read books. Stop that! If you only read 13 pages each night, you could finish an average of 12 books in a year,” Alter said. The class received a long list of recommended books to continue learning after class.

AO Smith University supported the project management class through the use of its studio and professional staff. AO Smith and Kohler Company also generously sponsored the class. “We are very proud to support the PHCC Educational Foundation and the education it brings to entrepreneurs,” said Victor Albright, digital content manager at AO Smith. “The management lessons taught in this program can be applied anywhere – we often take notes in the video control room for our own use.”

The Foundation will host a two-day foreman workshop in June at the Viega Training Center in Nashua, NH with Kirk Alter for instruction. To visit for more information and to register.