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  • Project Engineers (PEs) play a pivotal role in the success of construction projects, with many being recent graduates or interns. This Bootcamp bridges the gap left by higher education and targets interns or Project Engineers in the early stages of their construction careers, including those with up to seven years of experience. It is also advantageous for craft leaders or administrative personnel aspiring to become Project Engineers. The Bootcamp is conducted by seasoned constructors and instructors eager to impart their work experiences and nurture the next generation of construction leaders.


    Unit 1: Foundation

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:30PM MT, September 9 through September 23

    Upon completion of Unit 1 students will have a clear understanding of how general contractors obtain work and become familiar with the terminology and processes necessary to acquire future work and the role of the PE in the process. Students will also review how construction documents and specifications are prepared so that they can efficiently visualize and interpret two dimensional drawings into three-dimensional reality. In addition to learning the differences between estimating and preconstruction, students will also learn the importance of document control, learn RFI best practices, acquire a knowledge of meeting strategies and taking meeting minutes, thoroughly understand the submittal process, and how important close-out activities are to the successful completion of a project.

    • Session 1: Introduction and How Contractors Get Work
    • Session 2: Visualizing and Interpreting Construction Documents
    • Session 3: Differences Between Estimating and Preconstruction
    • Session 4: What's Important About Contracts & Subcontracts
    • Session 5: Document Control, RFI's and Meeting Minutes


    Unit 2: Superstructure

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:30PM MT, September 30 through October 14

    Upon completion of Unit 2 students will have a clear understanding of contracts and subcontracts and how they influence the roll of a PE on a daily basis in addition to learning scheduling concepts and best practices for updating the Contract Schedule. This Unit brings together how submittals, and the CPM schedule are used for material and equipment procurement activities. Students will also learn about the PE's role with regard to jobsite safety and learn 360-degree communication techniques to help them advocate for themselves and communicate with owners, architects, engineers, peers, craftworkers, and trade partners.

    • Session 1: Introduction & Submittal Management
    • Session 2: Scheduling Concepts and How to Status a CMP Schedule
    • Session 3: Material and Equipment Procurement
    • Session 4: Safety for Project Engineers
    • Session 5: Communication


    Unit 3: Finishes

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:30PM MT, October 28 through November 11

    • Session 1: Introduction & Change Management Techniques
    • Session 2: How to Communicate and Motivate Your Trade Partners
    • Session 3: Quality Management Techniques for Project Engineers
    • Session 4: Owner/Architect/Engineer Communication Techniques and Managing Expectations
    • Session 5: Developing Schedule of Values, Pay Applications, and Monthly Owner Draws


    The Instructor:

    Dan Rondinelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University and has been constructing commercial projects for 34 years.  Additionally, since 1999, he has taught plan reading, quantity take-off, and estimating at CSU on a part-time basis.

    Dan possesses a "Class A: contractor's license in the City and County of Denver and is a Certified Cost Professional.  Outside of building and teaching, Dan spends his time in his woodshop, engaging in hands-on craftsmanship.

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