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What Engineers Need to Know about Contracts

Topic Contract and Project Management

CPD Hours 13.5

Overview

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Engineers need to understand the basis and practicalities of contract law in order to deliver successful projects and supplier relationships. Failure to understand the basics can prove very expensive.

If you are dealing with suppliers and managing contracts on a regular basis, it's important for you to be able to make informed decisions without waiting to consult with legal specialists.

This course is designed to provide you with a grounding in contract law for engineering and construction contracts, and how it is used to help deliver successful projects and supplier relationships.

Learning outcomes

At the end of course you will understand:

  • the role and purpose of contracts for engineering
  • the role of engineers in contract formation and management
  • how contracts are formed and ended
  • the terms and conditions and obligations placed on each party to the contract
  • how risk is allocated in different types of contract
  • processes for dispute and conflict resolution.

Who will benefit

  • Project managers
  • Contract managers
  • Contract administrators
  • Engineers and administrators
  • Consultants, consulting engineers, quantity surveyors
  • Sales and purchasing managers/personnel
  • General managers
  • Graduate engineers

Course outline

Day 1

  • 08:30 — Registration
  • 09:00 — Housekeeping, aims and objectives
  • 09:15 — Introduction to contracts – how and why they are formed
  • 10:00 — Exercise: Is this a contract?
  • 10:30 — Coffee
  • 10:45 — International law of contracts
  • 11:15 — Common pitfalls: verbal contracts, modified contracts, battle of the forms
  • 12:15 — Lunch
  • 13:00 — Key terms and conditions in contracts, express and implied terms of contracts
  • 14:00 — Warranties, guarantees, IPR and damages
  • 14:30 — Coffee
  • 15:00 — Standard and specialist forms of contract
  • 15:45 — Exercise: what sort of contract should we use?
  • 16:00 — Discharge of contract, breaches and damages
  • 16:30 — Finish

Day 2

  • 09:00 — Recap of day 1
  • 09:15 — The role of the engineer and project manager
  • 10:30 — Coffee
  • 10:45 — Contract management and variation
  • 11:30 — Contracts, the law and ethics
  • 12:15 — Lunch
  • 13:00 — Payment mechanisms
  • 14:00 — Introduction to standard forms of contract

Discounts

Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places — 5% discount
  • 3 places — 10% discount
  • 4 or more places — 15% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.

In-company training

This course is also available as an in-company course (face-to-face or online) where content can be customised to meet your organisation's specific needs and delivered on a date/location that suits your requirements. Contact us for more information.

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