Managing the engineering team in the hospitality industry is both exciting and challenging. There are many engineering projects that need to be completed on a daily basis, which can range from designing new hotel rooms for guests to upgrading the engineering infrastructure of an existing hotel chain.
The engineering team also has to keep up with the changing technology trends, which require them to continually learn new engineering tools and programming languages.
Some of the reasons why managing an engineering team in hospitality is exciting are:
- Create innovative designs for hotel rooms that will be enjoyed by guests
- Design engineering infrastructure upgrades to keep up with the latest engineering technologies
- Interface with hotel management to ensure engineering projects are completed on time and within budget
- Continuously learn new engineering tools and programming languages.
Managing an engineering team in hospitality is a fast-paced, hands-on role that requires one to be innovative, proactive, and open-minded.
A hotel engineering team can not complete engineering projects without having a good relationship with the hotel management. Engineers need to be proactive and innovative in developing engineering solutions that meet the requirements of hotel management.
Some engineering projects are more challenging than others, but there are some engineering project management strategies that will help you complete engineering projects on time and under budget.
Every engineering project manager needs to carefully plan both the engineering tasks and the resource allocation. Doing so will help engineering project managers understand how much work is involved, what skills are needed to perform engineering tasks, and how long it will take specific engineering tasks to be completed. Engineering task planning should include assigning engineering tasks, estimating engineering task duration, identifying dependencies between engineering tasks, and breaking down each engineering task into general/specific sub-tasks.
Engineering managers also need to develop a timeline for each project. The timeline should account for deadlines for deliverables or milestones, budgeting, and roles and responsibilities for each team member. Most importantly, once all of these steps have been completed, engineering managers should develop a schedule that includes each step in the process to be completed by engineering project managers and engineering team members.
Engineering tasks should be assigned to engineering team members based on their expertise, the engineering task timelines (which may vary depending upon which engineering projects they’re working on), and engineering manager availability for meetings or communications.
Generally speaking, it is best practice to develop a timeline that includes timeframes for engineering task planning, engineering task execution, engineering project review, and engineering project reflection. That’s because it is important to take time at the beginning of each engineering project for detailed engineering task planning so that every step in the process can be accounted for before assigning each person their role or responsibility.