Back to Top


  • Systems Engineering & Engineering
    Systems Engineering & Engineering
  • Program / Project Management
    Program / Project Management

Skill Level: Team/Subsystem Leads or higher.

This eight-days onsite course (plus two -days equivalent of online work) is intended to enhance proficiency in applying PM and SE processes/practices over the project life cycle. The course focuses on defining and implementing system projects and provides valuable insight for managing and leading project and technical teams.

This course is designed for NASA project practitioners and systems engineers prior to or in the first year of entry into project, systems engineering, or supervisory positions.

Project Management Competencies
  • PM 1.0 - Project Proposal
  • PM 3.0 - Requirements Development and Management
  • PM 4.0 - Acquisition Management
  • PM 5.0 - Project Planning
  • PM 6.0 – Cost Estimating
  • PM 7.0 - Risk Management
  • PM 8.0 - Earned Value Management
  • PM 9.0 - Safety and Mission Assurance
  • PM 10.0 - Project Lifecycle
  • PM 11.0 - Budget and Resource Management
  • PM 12.0 - Contract Management
  • PM 13.0 - Systems Engineering
Common Competencies
  • C 1.2 - NASA Project Management/Systems Engineering Procedures and Guidelines
  • C 2.1 - Staffing and Performance
  • C 2.2 - Team Dynamics and Management
  • C 3.3 - Safety and Mission Assurance
  • C 4.2 - Communication
  • C 4.3 - Leadership
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 2.1 - Product Implementation
  • SE 2.2 - Product Integration
  • SE 2.5 - Product Transition
  • SE 3.1 - Technical Planning
  • SE 3.2 - Requirements Management
  • SE 3.4 - Technical Risk Management
  • SE 3.7 - Technical Assessment
  • SE 3.8 - Technical Decision Analysis

Click here to view full competency model.

Related Resources

Resource Category

NASA Project Management Handbook (PDF) (Public)Document
PM and SRB Handbooks: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe of NPR 7120.5E (Public)Document

APPEL Library Resources

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library Books 24x7 Library Books 24x7 Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

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

  • Describe relevant NASA guidance on project management, systems engineering and technical authority for specific project applications (NASA-smart).
  • Explain the impact of project management and systems engineering challenges and decisions to safety and mission assurance across the mission lifecycle (SMA-focused)
  • Differentiate between the art and science of systems engineering.
  • Apply each of the 17 processes contained within the SE Engine to specific system problems.
  • Evaluate the disparate relationships and interfaces between system and project elements.
  • Evaluate the disparate relationships and interfaces between system and project elements.
  • Apply leadership principles to small-group dynamics to complete specific project management and systems engineering tasks.
  • Differentiate approaches to PM and SE based on project scope.
  • Create solutions to complex, ill-defined tasks including organizing, planning, executing and adapting (“mapping and managing”) an integrated project plan, systems engineering management plan and other tools for a representative space mission faced with real-world requirements to balance cost, schedule, performance and risk across the lifecycle.