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Functional Safety Engineering for Automotive

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Gain the skills you need for a career in automotive functional safety engineering

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About the Functional Safety Engineering for Automotive Program

Automotive engineering, and especially autonomous mobility is a very promising field that involves numerous players, ranging from vehicle manufacturers (OEMs), automotive suppliers (Tier 1s), specific autonomous mobility solution providers (Tier 2s), to wide research, teaching, and engineering communities. As an integral part of autonomous and semi-autonomous driving solutions, it is evident that software role has become more prevalent and led to the growth of software engineering positions in the automotive industry.

Our program in Functional Safety Engineering for Automotive provides a clear transition path to automotive engineering concerning functional safety and the required development processes for software and computer engineers interested in entering this field.

This professional certificate aims to provide up-to-date content in the fields of system safety and functional safety design, encompassing system-level, hardware and software design of safety measures applicable in the automotive industry. Based on the functional safety design considerations this program covers relevant automotive functional safety standards including ISO 26262, as well as the correct use of development processes as key factors towards the mitigation of systematic faults (ASPICE).

Participants in this program will obtain practical skills through real-world projects of safety and functional safety in automotive, with adequate theoretical references.

Program Highlights

Functional Safety Engineering for Automotive builds upon Functional Safety Fundamentals for Automotive certificate and is comprised of four (4) required courses equivalent to 12 total units. The courses consist of both theoretical and practical examples that complement each other while deepening students’ knowledge in Functional Safety.

Our professional certificate will provide specialized education to students and professionals that would enable them to fill automotive engineering jobs, which requires an understanding of functional safety. The curriculum is applicable as a personal endeavor to strengthen the chances in job applications, but also as a regular onboarding procedure for companies that could be interested to ramp up the know-how of the newcomers to the field, which is growing rapidly.


Students should have basic engineering knowledge in either one of the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer engineering, or mechanical engineering.

  • Obtain essential knowledge and practical experience required by automotive industry companies to develop products and prove the safety cases following ISO 26262
  • Gain relevant experience through real industry projects.
  • Enable participants to participate on any safety-relevant design and implementation project
  • Taught by industry professionals with extensive experience in the domains of automotive engineering and functional safety

Who Will Benefit

Recent graduates in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or related disciplines, as well as experienced industry professionals that work on safety-relevant projects or in the overall automotive engineering arena.

Learning Objectives

  • Broaden functional safety understanding, with regard to verification, validation and assessment
  • Obtain practical experience with safety case design in the automotive context, against ISO 26262
  • Apply acquire knowledge in system engineering and system safety to projects in automotive engineering
  • Ability to conduct a project throughout all its phases, emphasizing safety processes and their interaction with the overall system, hardware, and software development, to achieve the required safety goals.

Program Topics

  • Functional Safety Design
  • Software Safety
  • Safety Verification and Validation
Format: Live Online

Estimated Cost: $4,295

Estimate does not include textbook or material fees.

Duration: 12 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of courses: 4 Required Courses
  • Total Units: 12

All required

Automotive Functional Safety DesignEE-40190

Units: 3.00


Apply modeling methods to the technical safety concept.Automotive Functional Safety Design course provides the best practices in designing safety functions within safety-related systems in modern vehi...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Functional Safety SoftwareEE-40193

Units: 3.00


Learn about Automotive softwareThis course expands on the overall role software plays in modern technical systems, with emphasis on next-generation vehicle designs where software takes the dominating ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Safety Verification and ValidationEE-40192

Units: 3.00


Verification and validation processes and assessments.Verification and validation are deemed essential from the standpoint of communication, legal approval, and product placement.Participants in this ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Automotive Functional Safety Capstone ProjectEE-40191

Units: 3.00


Participants in this capstone course will have the opportunity to apply all the knowledge acquired in the previous courses and in the Functional Safety Fundamental for Automotive certificate to a spec...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

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Advisory Board

Upkar Dhaliwal

VP Technology and Strategy

Assured Wireless Corporation.

Sean Felker

Functional Safety Lead

Brain Corp.

Rahul Gulati

Principal Engineer

Qualcomm Automotive Group

Sylvia Herbert, Dr.


UCSD School of Engineering, MAE department

Ivan Kastelan, Dr.

Professor and Senior Researcher

RT-RK Computer Based Systems Institute, Novi Sad, Serbia

Nebojsa Pjevalica, Dr.

Professor and System Architect at RT-RK CBS Institute

Faculty of Technical Science, University of Novi Sad

Nikola Teslic, Dr.

Professor and CTO

TTTech Automotive, Vienna

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.