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Systems Engineering Fundamentals Certificate

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

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


Location: Pasadena, CA

Classes are held Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California. Participants may also attend remotely via Webex.

  Fall 2019 Add To Cart
Systems Engineering Fundamentals
Certificate Program
October 19, 26,
November 2, 9, 16

Fee: $2850 for the 5 day program. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the first day of the program. You may pay the entire program fee of $2850 in one payment, or you may pay the program fee in five increments of $570 corresponding to each of the 5 class days.

Hours and Credits: Participants will earn 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Tim Boyd; Michael Brenner; Nathaniel Crews, MBA, PMP; Dave Di Pietro; Tony Freeman, PhD; Stephen Guine; Leroy Hanneman; John Hearing; Rick Hefner, PhD; Jim Hines; Ken Preston, DBA; Rob Renner; Dennis Schwarz; David Shostak; Michael Sturgeon; Steve Wall; Doug Wood