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A system is a collection of different elements that together produce results not obtainable by the elements alone. The elements, or parts, can include people, hardware, software, facilities, policies, and documents as defined by INCOSE. Systems Engineering is a technique of combining knowledge from all associated engineering disciplines to solve complex engineering problems.



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2 years*

*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Customers are becoming much more demanding, competition is greater, and advances in technology are shortening the product life-cycle. Systems Engineering solves these problems by providing the best possible solutions within cost and performance constraints while meeting all customer objectives. The application of sound engineering principles provides each business entity with a clear and certain competitive advantage in their respective industry.

The courses in this program are based on the application of sound engineering principles and are structured to provide a clear competitive advantage in their respective engineering discipline. The culmination of the five required courses are what comprise the basic skill set necessary to earn the title of "Systems Engineer."

What You Will Learn:
  • How to make effective teams out of multidisciplinary resources
  • Skills for planning and executing the various phases of a project
  • Systematic methodologies to obtain efficient design and production
  • Techniques to minimalize product defects and failures with solid verification and validation methods
  • Methods to reduce design changes by producing a clear and concise “Statement of Work” (SOW)
  • How to improve system reliability, maintainability, and availability
  • The importance of applied logistics and support strategies
Demand and Job Prospects:
  • Industries employing systems engineers include; Defense, Information Technology, Financial Services and Banking, Aerospace and Airlines, Communications, Health care, Manufacturing, Utilities, Automotive, Transportation and Warehousing, Pharmaceuticals, and Biomedical.
  • According to statistics from Burning Glass - Labor Insight Jobs, within the last year (4/2019 - 5/2020) there were 6,357 job postings in the state of California and 27,056 nationwide
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the medain salary range for a Systems Engineer at 97K annually
This program is designed for:
  • Individuals seeking to transition from, but not limited to, the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:
    • Project Management
    • Software Development
    • Software Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • System Integration
    • System Design
    • Configuration Management
    • System Architecture
    • System Administration
Industry Certification:
  • The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has established a multi-level Professional SEP Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career
  • For more information on certification  
At a Glance:
  • Number of courses: Eight courses (five required and three electives)
  • Total units: 24
  • Background: A Bachelor’s Degree preferred but not required to complete this certificate
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" I landed a job with a major defense contractor. Several interview panelists informed me that my enrollment in the Systems Engineering certificate program played a significant role in sparking their interest. Confidently, I was able to apply knowledge from my first three courses during my interview! "
-Alex Eisner - Systems Verification and Validation and SRA – WI21

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