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Systems engineering is responsible for the management and design of long term engineering and manufacturing goals, including the gathering and distribution of resources. Systems engineers are responsible for a large number of aspects related to a given project, such as team communication, risk management, operations, logistics, and optimization.
Education and Schools
An education in systems engineering is generally offered at the bachelor degree level, although graduate studies may be pursued. Individuals will learn a variety of skills, including management, engineering, communication, optimization and more, and then develop the skills necessary to weave these disciplines together in order to be able to perform as a systems engineer. Study can take up to six years and requires extensive research and training.
A curriculum may include:
- Communication Methodologies
- Risk Assessment and Reduction
- Engineering Principles
- Management and Maintenance
- Resource and Distribution
Students seeking education in systems engineering should seek out programs that have access to internships or other resources that will allow for practical development of these skills alongside more traditional classroom education. Students should contact departments to see if such opportunities are available when making their choice of school.
Individuals in this field will generally be in a supervisory position for projects that require detail-oriented work and the management of information and resources to ensure that the work is completed in a timely and efficient manner. Individuals will also be responsible for supply, restocking, distribution, maintenance and any other factors to ensure that project longevity and viability is secured.
The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a professional organization dedicated to providing information for systems engineers in order to better work performance globally and provide better working conditions and systems. Member of this organization share information and ideas within the field in order to promote growth and development.