Systems Engineering Certification and Certificate Programs

Essential Information

Systems engineering certification programs are interdisciplinary and students from a variety of academic backgrounds may enroll in them. However, many require a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or mathematics. Coursework in systems engineering certificate programs covers topics related to the analysis and improvement of processes. These programs are typically one-year graduate-level programs and are offered both on campus and online courses.

Certificate Programs for Systems Engineering

Common courses include the following:

  • Introduction to systems engineering
  • Systems analysis/risk analysis
  • Model-based engineering
  • Engineering project management
  • Decision making in systems engineering/problem solving methods
  • Systems engineering computer simulation

Popular Career Options

Graduates of certificate programs in systems engineering are qualified for work in product development and engineering roles at private business, government agencies and non-profit consulting firms, working in careers such as the following:

  • Systems engineering consultant
  • Applications engineer
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Project manager
  • Plant manager

Systems Engineering Certifications and Continuing Education

Though not required for employment, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) offers multiple levels of certification ( Entry-level systems engineers with little or no experience and minimal education can earn designation as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) by passing a 2-hour exam. With at least five years of experience, formal education, letters of reference and successful completion of an exam, it is possible to earn designation as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

The most senior level certification is Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP), which is possible only for those who have a technical degree, a minimum of 20 years of experience, five years or more of professional development, and letters of recommendation; no exam is conducted at this level but candidates are reviewed by a panel. For those seeking additional education, many graduates of systems engineering certificate programs go on to pursue master's or Ph.D. degrees in the field.

System engineering certification programs help students or engineers with a bachelor's degree in engineering or another related field advance their career in engineering systems management. It also sets them up to pursue certification through the INCOSE, enrollment in a master's or Ph.D. program, or entrance in professional organizations.

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