Systems Engineering Fundamentals Certificate

Center for Technology and Management Education

Center for Technology and Management Education


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Who should attend

Component/subsystems engineers, software/hardware engineers, systems engineers, project managers, business analysts, and technical support personnel who want a comprehensive understanding of the breadth of systems engineering activities and their interconnections across the lifecycle

About the course

The Systems Engineering Certificate Program provides the key skills and knowledge essential for successful systems engineering in today’s fast-paced environment. The 40 to 56-hour curriculum is designed to meet the evolving needs of industry. The program focuses on practical methods and tools for eliciting user needs and requirements, defining robust system architectures and designs, and effectively verifying and validating the operation of the product. Participants learn current industry best-practices to ensure robust, cost-effective designs that meet stringent functional, performance, and cost requirements.


Participants will learn to:

  • Analyze customer needs and develop clearly-stated requirements
  • Apply systems thinking to optimize product design and development
  • Develop innovative approaches for systems design and integration
  • Define cost-effective verification and validation programs
  • Effectively manage cost, schedule, and risk in engineering tasks


  • Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • Defining System Requirements
  • Functional Analysis
  • System Specifications
  • System Architecture
  • Decision Analysis
  • Design and Integration
  • Verification and Validation
  • Engineering Specialties
  • System Engineering Management
  • Technical Reviews and Audits
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Management
  • Creating a High-Performance Team
  • Minimizing and Resolving Team Conflicts


Nathaniel Crews

Nathaniel Crews, MBA, PMP, has over 35 year of experience as an application developer, systems integrator, project manager, program manager, PMO director, scrum master and agile coach. He has managed over 30 projects, ranging from small projects to enterprise programs in aerospace, automotive, fi...

Rick Hefner

Rick Hefner, PhD, specializes in systems development and maintenance; project management; Lean Six Sigma; process improvement, technology transfer; and risk management. His experience spans over 35 years. Dr. Hefner recently served as director of process management at Northrop Grumman Corporatio...

Kenneth Preston

Kenneth Preston, DBA has 28 years of aerospace and defense industry experience with over 20 years in project management. He is currently a project engineer/project focal/technical lead engineer/control account manager in the systems engineering and integration organization for the Boeing C-17 Pro...

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner has over 22 years of experience in the aerospace industry at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, supporting space imaging systems in the advanced instruments division. He has experience in system engineering, electronics design, optical system design, flight instrument integration and ...

Leroy Hanneman

Leroy Hanneman specializes in systems engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in national security research, government technology policy, and defense, space and commercial aerospace. Mr. Hanneman founded core organizations in large-scale requirements integration, strategy analysis and co...

Tim Boyd

Tim Boyd specializes in systems engineering, project management and organizational leadership development. He has experience in a wide variety of mission areas including space, air and ground systems as well as systems engineering life cycle. Mr. Boyd currently is the manager of software operati...

Anthony Freeman

Tony Freeman, PhD, is the manager of the Innovation Foundry at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The Innovation Foundry is JPL's incubator for ideas, and helps between 100 and 150 formulation teams mature their innovative thoughts into mission concepts every year. These ideas span all of JP...

Stephen Guine

Stephen Guine has over 25 years of experience in model-based systems engineering in product line development, human-centric systems, organizational process and technology strategy, and team building. He is currently a systems engineering manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation supporting several...

John Hearing

John Hearing is a systems engineering analysis specialist with over 35 years of experience in complex civilian and military systems. He currently serves as a member of the core systems engineering staff at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he leads projects related to creating common requirement...

Jim Hines

Jim Hines has over 30 years of industrial experience in commercial, civil and military programs. He worked at the Boeing Company for 18 years. At Boeing, Mr. Hines was director of systems engineering at Huntington Beach. His department supported people, processes, tools and technologies for Shutt...

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