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Soft Skills Essentials for Engineers

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Soft Skills Essentials for Engineers

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When graduates from technology or engineering schools enter the workforce, they are usually ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of their positions. They have limited skills or knowledge to communicate, lead or work in a team. This course is designed to train junior and middle staff to accelerate their transformation into effective members of a working team.

85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge according to research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Standard Research Center. 

Technical skills may get you the job, but soft skills will define your career advancement, success and happiness in the workplace. 

In this highly interactive 3-day course, we will address problems of poor communication and engagement, lack of team collaboration, conflicts, inefficient meetings, unengaging presentations, poor management performance, decreased productivity, difficulty to retain talent and overwhelmed workload. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to communicate effectively, maximize collaboration and build trust. You will be better equipped to lead and deliver results-oriented meetings. You will master the art of delivering engaging presentations and position yourself as a respected team leader or team player. Finally, you will learn tools and techniques for time management to increase productivity, meet deadlines and have more energy. 

This is your chance to stand out from the crowd and invest in yourself and in your company. This course will teach skills and knowledge to communicate, lead and work in a team. In a world full of average, be outstanding.

Registration Fees

Member Non-Member
Early Bird – 30 Days $592 $741
Standard $637 $796

Click the tabs below for course outlines and instructors.

  • Course Outline

    Day 1

    • Communication (2 hr)
    • Collaboration (2 hr)

    Day 2

    • Leading Effective Meetings (2 hr)
    • Public Speaking (2 hr)

    Day 3

  • Instructors

    Karine Leblanc, P.E., Member ASHRAE


     Karine Leblanc is a sales engineer and human skills expert. She works with busy consulting engineers with their HVAC design projects by supporting them with various system ideas and energy-efficient equipment solutions.

    Not your typical engineer™, Karine Leblanc is passionate about working with technical professionals like engineers improve their human skills so they can be more productive, happier, and highly motivated.

    Like you, Karine has been exposed to the good and the bad of leadership over the last two decades.

    She uses her experience to teach and impact her peers by speaking as a distinguished lecturer for ASHRAE all over the world. Karine values real-life stories and conversational connections with her audience making everyone feel like they matter.

    Karine has served on the ASHRAE Society Board of Directors, (a 57,000-member trade association) from 2014-2017 and became the first female Region X Director Regional Chair since 1959. She is now serving as the President of the National Speaker Association Los Angeles Chapter. She has received the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and was awarded an honorary medal as part of the 50th anniversary of the University of Quebec for her exceptional contribution to the university.

    She is a certified John Maxwell coach, trainer, and speaker, a certified behavioral analysis consultant, and an eSpeakers certified virtual presenter.

    Pam Duffy, P.E., Member ASHRAE

    Pam Duffy has 10+ years of experience of real, in the trenches, engineering work. She has worked in many different environments: a small private company, a Fortune 100 private company, and Fortune 500 public company. Pam is the successful owner of a small business and works with clients with many different organizational structures.

    In 2019, Pam launched Spark One Solutions in 2019, a business solution consulting company serving HVAC businesses. ​Pam is a registered P.E., an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, and a member of the AHR Expo Industry Expert Council. She is a Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has been named to both the Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s list of 40 under 40 as well as the NEWS’ 40 under 40.

Transfer, Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registration fees will be refunded in full if cancellation is received by ASHRAE Learning Institute at least 30 days prior to the training date. Cancellations received 15-29 days prior to the training date are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Registrants who do not attend the training or who cancel less than 15 days prior to the training date are liable for the entire registration fee. A substitute registrant may be enrolled at any time by contacting Karen Murray by phone 678-539-1146 or email kmurray@ashrae.org. Member/Non-Member rates will apply to the substitute registrant.