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Systems engineering is an inter-disciplinary field of engineering that focuses on how to design, manage and optimize complex engineering systems over their life cycles.

Systems engineering deals with work-processes, optimization methods and risk management tools in such projects. It overlaps technical and human-centered disciplines such as industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, control engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, cybernetics, organizational studies and project management.

Systems engineering ensures that all likely aspects of a project or system are considered, and integrated into a whole.

Think of it as the holistic medicine of engineering.

The work of systems engineers has considerable value. System engineers work to eliminate waste of time, money, man-hours, materials, machine time, energy and other resources. They figure out how to do things better, optimize engineering processes and systems that improve quality and productivity.

Needless to say, system engineering is an important field in industries.


The term systems engineering can be traced back to Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1940s. American engineer Simon Ramo is often credited as the founder of modern systems engineering. Ramo, who died at the age of 103, had a long list of engineering credits including development of microwave, missile technology and General Electric’s electron microscope. He described systems engineering as:

“A branch of engineering which concentrates on the design and application of the whole as distinct from the parts, looking at a problem in its entirety, taking account of all the facets and all the variables and linking the social to the technological.”

In 1990, a professional society for systems engineering, the National Council on Systems Engineering (NCOSE), was founded by representatives from a number of U.S. corporations and organizations. NCOSE was created to address the need for improvements in systems engineering practices and education. As a result of growing involvement from systems engineers outside of the U.S., the name of the organization was changed to the International Council on Systems Engineering(INCOSE) in 1995.

Ongoing Evolution

It would appear as though the scope of systems engineering and the production expected from systems engineers is constantly changing and undergoing new evaluations.

Today, systems engineering signifies not only an approach but also a discipline in engineering. Systems engineering has evolved to a take on a broader meaning especially when humans are seen as an essential component of a system.

The aim of education in systems engineering is to identify new methods and research opportunities similar to those which occur in other fields of engineering.

Obviously, if you’re a systems engineer, a student of systems engineering, or an organization who relies significantly on your systems engineers in your workforce, staying current in the ever-changing field of systems engineering is critical.

Systems Engineering Training

That’s where TONEX comes in. TONEX offers nearly 300 systems engineering training seminars designed to apply systems engineering processes and methods in various disciplines. TONEX covers everything from Aerospace & Defense Engineering Training to Automotive Engineering and Water and Wastewater Treatment.

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 discussions 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.

Flexible Course Format

All systems engineering certification training seminars do 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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