The complexity of modern systems and projects has demonstrated that it is no longer possible to rely on design evolution and associated tools to improve and develop a system. To address this complexity, system engineering has evolved along with new methods and modeling techniques to better comprehend engineering systems as they grow more complex. System engineering is a holistic, robust approach to the design, creation and operation of systems. It consists of identification and quantification of system goals, creation of alternative system design concepts, performance of trade studies, selection and identification of the best design, verification that the design is properly built and integrated, and post implementation assessment of how well the system meets the customer goals and needs.
The system engineering method deals with systems as an integrated whole comprised of diverse subsystems and functions and works to optimize overall system functions and achieve maximum compatibility of its elements. This course focuses on how complex engineering projects should be managed over the life cycle of the project. It deals with the work processes and tools to handle large scale complex engineering projects in a sustainable environment and overlaps with the technical and human disciplines characteristic of these projects.
Career Benefits and Advancement
This certificate provides supervisors and managers with the knowledge and skills needed to be more effective in the workplace, or prepares those who wish to pursue those roles and advance their careers. When completed, you will be able to:
- Define an entire system and be able to explain the system engineering design process.
- Explain the factors involved in managing for operational feasibility.
- Understand the system engineering function in a team environment, and manage the synthesis of engineering disciplines in the design environment and program implementation stage.
- Describe the system engineering functional elements composed in the various organizational structures of project management.
- Describe and prepare a System Engineering Management Plan (SEMP).￼
Students must successfully complete four courses (12 credit hours). Course descriptions and syllabi can be found on the Individual Courses page.
- E M 565 Introduction to Systems Management
- E M 566 Systems Analysis and Practice
- Either of:
- E M 569 Systems Architecting
- E M 564 Project Management
- Either of:
- E M 568 Risk Assessment and Management
- E M 530 Applications of Constraints Management*
* Former elective, students with previously approved E M 590 are not affected.
Video: What is Systems Engineering?
Video: Introduction to the Certificate Program
Minimum requirements for admission to the certificate program include:
- a bachelor’s degree
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA
- a personal statement
- a résumé
Because the certificates consist of regular graduate courses, admission to the graduate school is still necessary.