Systems Engineering Toolkit Training

Commitment 3 Days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Systems Engineering Toolkit Training provides a comprehensive and rigorous review of the systems engineering development process. DoD 5000 series acquisition instructions are used as a guide to model the engineering process from customer concept definition (CDD) to contractor development and operational testing (TEMP).

Understanding the inherent relationship between program management structures and the systems engineering effort can be used as the basis for improving the systems engineering process. Project restructuring can improve productivity by as much as 10% to 30% in some cases. Class projects are used as an instructional tool to enhance the learning process in developing an understanding of these principles.

Organizational structures can be stove-piped, project-oriented, sequential, and/or concurrent in nature. Understanding these differences and the application of functional system structures provides the basis for the management optimization process. The allocation of lead engineers to systems engineering, software engineering, and hardware engineering process are factors addressed in this course.

The application of the “Systems Thinking” methodology is included for consideration as an engineering tool. The application of systems thinking can be used to identify “High Leverage Points” (HLP’s) that help identify key factors in the engineering solution process. The importance of “Trade Studies” using analysis, simulation, and prototyping engineering tools used as part of the overall risk mitigation process

  • 3 days of Systems Engineering Toolkit Training with an expert instructor
  • Systems Engineering Toolkit Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee



Upon completing this Systems Engineering Toolkit Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Understanding of the entire product development process
  • Importance of building quality into the product
  • Understand the importance of functional architectures
  • Ability to understand alternative management structures
  • Ability to build effective WBS and ORG structures
  • We can adapt this Systems Engineering Toolkit course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Systems Engineering Toolkit course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Systems Engineering Toolkit course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Systems Engineering Toolkit course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Systems Engineering Toolkit Training course:

  • This Systems Engineering Toolkit is ideally suited for program managers, project managers, engineering leads, and the engineers responsible for system functional, software, and hardware architecture. This course is beneficial to entry-level engineers who have no idea of an end-to-end development process.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Systems Engineering Toolkit course are:

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  1. Product Development Process. This module provides an understanding of the engineering development process beginning with customer mission requirements to final operational testing. Topics include Operational Requirements, Proposals, Statements of Work, Management plans, Specifications, and Integrated T&E.
  2. Product Development Process: This module addresses the importance of the proposal and statement of work. Effective use of these documents can reduce cost and schedule in addition to providing the basis of an efficient and smooth-running organization. The application of the engineering “V” and spiral development process completes the program development module.
  3. Application of Systems Thinking: Understanding the basics and applying this methodology to the systems engineering process is provided. Trade studies using systems thinking methodology can be applied to both the design and the risk mitigation process. The Apollo moon mission program is used as a case study to illustrate the effective use of systems thinking.
  4. Functional Architectures: The importance of functional architecture and its relationship to the organizational structure is provided. Understanding user needs and objectives through a series of flow charts is used to illustrate the relationships between the engineering design process and a more effective management structure.
  5. Management Structures: The development of actual management structures related to both the work breakdown structure and the project organizational chart is provided. Comparisons between alternate structures and the benefits of each are included. Topics include Earned value, cost as an independent variable, a cost account manager(s), and the allocation of responsibilities to the management team.
  6. Understanding Product Quality: An understanding of product quality from multiple points of view. Points of view include customer use and system operability, product development, manufacturing defects, integrated logistics support, maintainability, and system availability. Instructor case studies, such as Ford Pinto, Challenger, and Columbia disasters are used to illustrate failures within the quality and risk management process.
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