Meet our Scheduling Manager, Andrew Cole!

We’re excited to highlight, Andrew Cole, Dome’s Scheduling Manager!

Andrew’s primary focus is to build world-class schedulers. With his support, teams will have confidence in the logic and structure of their schedules, freeing them up to see the big picture. The more teams understand the schedule sequence interdependencies, and what it takes to build the project, the more likely it will be well-sequenced for a successful project.

When the job has an obvious path, it instills confidence in our team and prepares us for any challenge we may face.

The Scheduling Department is under the umbrella of DIAL (Department of Innovation and Learning), aiming to educate our teams on project scheduling. Dome is lucky to have Andrew to help ensure we’re taking a holistic view of how healthy our schedules are while understanding our client’s needs. Let’s learn more about Andrew and the scheduling department with our Q&A below!

Q&A With Andrew!

More About Andrew & The Scheduling Department

What teams do you work with?

The teams I predominantly work with right now are superintendents with a secondary focus on project managers. We are trying to get foremen, assistant superintendents more involved as well. A project team is the most cohesive and works best when we can all cross-check one another. If we can have everyone on our field teams to the same level of knowledge, I've done my job well.

How are you accomplishing the Scheduling Department's mission?

My goal is to educate our teams with hands-on training to accomplish the department's mission of building world-class schedulers. We currently offer three tiers of scheduling training. All are welcome to take the intermediate to advanced courses. In addition to training, the scheduling department provides teams with a comprehensive assessment of schedule health, ensuring that the project is buildable and has sound logic.

Can you tell us more about the trainings you offer?

Tier 1 Getting Started: This scheduling introductory training covers the concept of scheduling and sequencing. I will go over how we break down a job into its constituent parts: what's involved in preconstruction, what is involved in the construction phase, and how we do it logically. This two-hour in-person course is available to anyone who wants to join.

Tier 2 MS Project Fundamentals: We will dive deep into the software during the intermediate level. There are four sessions in this tier. The first session is in-person, with the last three virtual sessions. You will receive a set of prints for a fake project, spend some time at home creating a schedule, and finish with my feedback on your work. By the end of this training, you will come out as a fairly polished scheduler.

Tier 3 MS Project Advanced: This training will cover advanced user features. We will review running reports for active schedules, understand how to figure out the variance of schedules and check how to handle the complicated tasks of managing a schedule.

What value does the Scheduling Department bring to our clients?

By giving our clients visibility to where the project is going and how we plan to get there, we can provide a sense of comfort that the best value will be delivered, even in the face of changes or issues.

What upcoming projects should we expect from the Scheduling Department?

We are looking into creating a dashboard for our teams and clients to provide information and transparency in their schedules. This dashboard will provide at-a-glance information on project health from a logic standpoint and allow the teams to focus on how the project gets built. We are also looking into AI capabilities to help improve our processes.

What is your career story?

I have a degree in fisheries biology with an emphasis on freshwater systems. I was obsessed with fishing and still am, and I wanted to pursue that as a career. However, once I received my degree, the fisheries job market heavily leaned on unpaid internships and was considered more of a learning experience. I started working in the entertainment industry as a theater technician to make money. This opportunity exposed me to the ins and outs of being a carpenter, electrician, and running crew.

What was the path you took to get to where you are today? What has set you up for success in this role?

When I started working as a superintendent, I quickly realized that I needed to learn how to schedule to improve within my role. I spent the next month diving into what goes into scheduling by leaning on other superintendents and schedulers at the company. As I expanded my experiences, I never let go of my curiosity and desire to learn and build my skills. Approaching tasks with interest rather than judgment has allowed me to stay humble and has opened opportunities to learn from trade partners and colleagues. Coming from the superintendent world, I always carry a field perspective into my schedule reviews to ensure they will be successful from all angles of the project.

Check out what our Domites are saying about Andrew!

Amalio Villarreal, Superintendent

Thank goodness for Andrew! When I had trouble with schedule updates, I leaned on Andrew to help navigate the logic to get the schedule where I needed it to be. One of the many tools I took away from my sessions with Andrew was to keep a log of my schedule notes. This process really improved my schedule as time went on. Everyone could benefit from Andrew's expertise!

Rob Morton, Estimator

I appreciate how close Andrew pays attention to detail and showing me his time-saving tricks with the updated templates. He's a great resource to bounce a finished schedule off of, especially if you must put it together quickly! Andrew provides an excellent service for Dome, helping guarantee our schedules are polished enough to share with our clients. This is exactly what Dome wants to provide our clients with.

Adam Kilarr, Precon Manager

Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Dome. We asked Andrew to assist us with an RFP schedule for a new project type that Dome was pursuing, and he provided the team with so much more than just a schedule. He looked at risks associated with the design, procurement, trade stacking and safety that helped the team think through more than just the build. Andrew is a great resource for our company.