Project Management and Systems Engineering (APPEL-PM&SE)

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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

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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 LibraryNASA Galaxie LibraryBooks 24x7 LibraryBooks 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.


Interested in taking this course? Click the date(s) below to register through SATERN.
May 1-10, 2018

Registration Question? Contact the training specialist below for assistance.

Jessica Boss
(321) 861-1208

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Dr. Wiley Larson is managing editor of McGraw-Hill’s Space Technology Series and editor and co-author of Space Mission Analysis and Design, co-editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering and 18 other reference books on space systems. He is a Distinguished Service Professor for the Space Systems Engineering Master's program at the Stevens Institute of Technology and was former director of SpaceTech’s Masters Program in Space Systems Engineering at Delft Technical University in The Netherlands. He has also served as Head of Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and has over 30 years experience in space launch, satellite integration and test, space mission design. He has consulted with numerous government and industry organizations and taught thousands of people globally. Wiley is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers, is author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, and is a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering. He was the director of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Space Systems Research Center. He has over 25 years of space systems experience including Guidance & On-board Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and the former Chairman of the Space Systems Technical Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Peter Van Wirt develops/instructs courses in space systems engineering and consults to help improve SE capabilities. He is an Adjunct Professor with The Stevens Institute of Technology and instructs at the National Security Space Institute. He has served as a PM&SE for a variety of Air Force engineering developments and has over 29 years of aerospace engineering experience. He earned his doctorate at the Utah State in Control Theory.


Curriculum Question? Contact the curriculum lead below for assistance.

Ramien Pierre

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