Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (APPEL-FSE)

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Systems engineering focuses on the interfaces among the people, processes, and products that are often outside the responsibility of any one function or discipline. This course equips your teams with the knowledge necessary to realize successful solutions. This course introduces the methods and techniques for a structured systems development process that proceeds from requirements to concept to production to operation, and is based upon NASA policy guidelines, specifically NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) 7123.1 and 7120.5.

This course is designed for junior to mid-career NASA systems engineers, functional engineers, project managers, integrated product team members, and business managers.

Common Competencies
  • C 1.2 - NASA Project Management/Systems Engineering
Systems Engineering Competencies
  • SE 1.1 - Stakeholder Expectation Definition & Management
  • SE 1.2 - Technical Requirements Definition
  • SE 1.3 - Logical Decomposition
  • SE 1.4 - Design Solution Definition
  • SE 3.2 - Requirements Management
  • SE 3.3 - Interface Management
  • SE 3.4 - Technical Risk Management
  • SE 3.7 - Technical Assessment

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of systems engineering.
  • Describe the systems engineering process incorporating NASA policy guidelines (NPRs 7123.1 and 7120.5).
  • Explain the process for system requirements development and management.
  • Describe the system definition process (concepts and architecting).
  • Defend project decisions and trade-off analyses.
  • Analyze product and project risk and mitigation based upon NASA policies and practices.
  • Examine reliability, availability, and supportability factors during the design process.
  • Explain performance measurement needs.
  • Explain verification and validation activities.


Interested in taking this course? Click the date(s) below to register through SATERN.
Jul 23-27, 2018

Registration Question? Contact the training specialist below for assistance.

Jessica Boss
(321) 861-1208

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A dynamic and skilled trainer requested by customers for their training events; Mr. Manzer combines practical experience working for the US government, prime contractors, and consulting companies with an extensive knowledge of theory. His systems engineering approach uses relevant experiences and examples to create a context for each topic that enable participants to see relevance to their personal situations and applications.


Curriculum Question? Contact the curriculum lead below for assistance.

Ramien Pierre

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