The future provides exciting opportunities for systems engineers and systems engineering as increased technological complexity brings new challenges in architecture, networks, hardware and software engineering, and human systems integration. At the same time, the engineering scale for systems exceeds levels that could not have been imagined only a short time ago. Consequently, all forms of systems engineering will be needed to solve future engineering challenges, especially in holistic combinations.
Systems engineering is not so much a branch of engineering as it is a technique for applying knowledge from other branches of engineering and disciplines of science in effective combinations to solve multifaceted engineering problems.
Systems engineering is related to operations research but differs from it in that it is more a planning and design function, frequently involving technical innovation. Some view systems engineering as the “midwife” of technological development.
The systems engineering approach is different from a conventional design approach by exhibiting increased generality in its basic logical framework and increased concern with the fundamental objectives to be achieved. A systems engineer is likely to ask both why and how, rather than merely how.
The systems in systems engineering generally have these characteristics:
- They are all man-made
- They are complex and large
- Their inputs are normally stochastic (random functions of time)
Of course, systems vary depending on the amount of human judgment that enters into their operation. On the one hand, electrical circuits and robots operate in a totally determinate fashion. At the other extreme, management and control systems for military or business applications involve machines that do the primary work but are guided at critical junctures by human intervention.
Mixed human-machine systems present both intriguing possibilities and problems for systems engineers.
Systems Engineering Training
Tonex specializes in systems engineering training and offers dozens of systems engineering training courses designed to apply systems engineering processes and methods in various disciplines. Tonex covers everything from Aerospace Systems Engineering Training and Combat Systems Engineering Training to COTS-Based Systems Engineering Training and Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Training.
Our systems engineering training approach teaches you how to align practical system thinking and systems engineering knowledge and skills with your process improvement, project management and program management.
The courses include discussion projects, case studies, formal presentation and workshops covering key aspects of systems engineering on a single system and system of systems (SoS) through a development lifecycle.
Systems Engineering Certification
Many of our courses are systems engineering certification training courses, which follow a specific format that includes a detailed overview, body of the class and conclusion. The body of the class is where Tonex instructors implement interactive learning and teacher-led discussions, and we wrap up the courses with both Tonex and industry certifications.
Although we use our proven model of success to teach participants, our systems engineering training courses (like most of our courses) are flexible and can be modified to fit the needs of your organization, whether it’s a Fortune 500 company, government agency or small business.
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