Guest Speaker: Mr. Hussam Alshihabi
  1. What made you decide to join ECC?

“I decided to join ECC because of its strong reputation and track record in the construction industry. ECC was established in 1975 and has completed numerous landmark projects in UAE. The company's extensive experience and expertise and association with significant regional clients attracted me to this esteemed organization.

Furthermore, ECC's well-organized structure and excellent systems demonstrate its commitment to delivering high-quality projects. The fact that ECC is a group of companies, including sister companies specializing in joinery, aluminum, and MEP works, further highlights their comprehensive approach to construction.

The opportunity to work with such a reputable company, renowned for its professionalism and commitment to excellence, was a significant factor in my decision to join ECC. Being a part of ECC will allow me to contribute my skills and experience to the company's success and provide me with a platform for personal and professional growth.”

  1. Why did you choose the technical side of project management?

“I chose to focus on the technical side of construction as a Technical Manager because of my deep-rooted passion for engineering and the desire to contribute my expertise in a hands-on capacity. Throughout my career, I have developed a strong understanding of the intricacies involved in construction projects. I find great fulfillment in overseeing the technical aspects to ensure successful project execution.

As a Technical Manager, my role primarily revolves around providing leadership and guidance to the technical team, ensuring that our engineering works progress smoothly and align with project goals. I thoroughly enjoy collaborating with the team, conducting regular meetings to discuss progress, addressing challenges, and fostering a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement.

Working in a technical capacity allows me to apply my engineering knowledge and experience directly to the construction processes. I take pride in reviewing and evaluating the work of team members, ensuring accuracy, adherence to project requirements, and compliance with quality standards and regulations. I also collaborate with other departments, such as Procurement and Project Management, to ensure effective coordination and integration of technical activities.

Choosing the technical side of construction as a Technical Manager allows me to stay closely involved with the project's technical aspects, including developing and approving shop drawings, material submittals, and adherence to design specifications. I also serve as one of the points of contact for clients, consultants, and stakeholders, providing technical expertise and support as required.

Overall, my decision to focus on the technical side as a Technical Manager stems from my genuine passion for engineering, my enjoyment of hands-on involvement in construction projects, and the satisfaction I derive from ensuring the successful execution of technical tasks. It allows me to utilize my expertise and contribute to the overall success and quality of the projects I am involved in.”

  1. Describe one of your most challenging projects so far. Why was it challenging and what did you do to overcome difficulties?

"Throughout my career as a Technical Manager, I have encountered various challenging projects. Each project presents its unique circumstances that require careful attention and problem-solving. In my experience, I firmly believe that every project is a challenge, and it is through effective teamwork, dedication, and exploring new solutions that difficulties can be overcome.

One of the common challenges I have faced is ensuring the timely delivery of technical works, such as shop drawings and material submittals. These tasks require coordination with multiple stakeholders, adherence to project schedules, and maintaining a high level of quality and professionalism. I emphasize the importance of fostering a collaborative work environment to overcome this challenge. We ensure everyone is aligned and working towards a common goal by conducting regular team meetings, promoting open communication, and establishing clear objectives.

Furthermore, coordination among various stakeholders is key to successful project execution. Maintaining clear and consistent communication is vital whether it's clients, consultants, subcontractors, or internal teams. Regular meetings and a strong emphasis on collaboration help us overcome coordination challenges and keep everyone informed and aligned.

Maintaining a high standard of professionalism and quality is another priority when dealing with challenging projects. We ensure that the technology works meet project specifications and regulatory requirements by implementing rigorous review processes, emphasizing attention to detail, and proactively identifying and resolving discrepancies. This level of coordination contributes to the overall success of the project.

In summary, I have learned that every project presents unique challenges. Through teamwork, dedication, exploring new solutions, and fostering effective communication, I have successfully overcome difficulties in delivering technical works on schedule and with high quality and professionalism."






  1. How would you describe yourself as a technical manager?

"As a Technical Manager, I would describe myself as a highly experienced and results-driven professional in the construction industry. With nearly 17 years of experience, I bring a strong foundation in civil engineering and a deep understanding of the complexities of construction projects.

One of my key strengths as a Technical Manager is my ability to provide effective leadership and guidance to my team. I prioritize clear communication and ensure team members have a clear sense of direction and objectives. I empower my team to excel and contribute their best by fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment.

I thrive on collaboration and coordination, recognizing the importance of aligning with other departments and stakeholders. I actively engage with Project Management, clients, and consultants to ensure seamless integration and effective project execution.

Attention to detail is at the core of my work. I have a meticulous approach to reviewing and evaluating technical work, ensuring accuracy, compliance with project requirements, and adherence to quality standards. By staying updated with regulations and industry best practices, I ensure full compliance with relevant authorities and deliver projects of the highest quality.

As a Technical Manager, my technical expertise as a civil engineer plays a vital role in driving successful outcomes. I have a strong understanding of construction processes, including reviewing shop drawings, material submittals and ensuring alignment with project specifications and design requirements."

  1. How you keep your team motivated?

"Recognizing achievements plays a significant role. I appreciate their hard work, fostering a positive environment and boosting morale.

Setting clear goals is essential. I involve the team in establishing challenging yet achievable objectives and providing support and resources. Regular progress tracking keeps them focused and motivated.

I empower team members by delegating responsibilities. This builds trust, encourages personal growth, and enhances motivation and job satisfaction.

Investing in professional development is a priority. I identify individual strengths and areas for improvement and growth opportunities. Supporting long-term success fuels motivation.

These strategies create a positive work environment where team members feel valued, empowered, and inspired to perform at their best."