Saturday, 12 March 2011


Education in systems engineering is often seen as an extension to the regular engineering courses,[25] reflecting the industry attitude that engineering students need a foundational background in one of the traditional engineering disciplines (e.g. mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering) plus practical, real-world experience in order to be effective as systems engineers. Undergraduate university programs in systems engineering are rare.

INCOSE maintains a continuously updated Directory of Systems Engineering Academic Programs worldwide.[5] As of 2006, there are about 75 institutions in United States that offer 130 undergraduate and graduate programs in systems engineering. Education in systems engineering can be taken as SE-centric or Domain-centric.

    * SE-centric programs treat systems engineering as a separate discipline and all the courses are taught focusing on systems engineering practice and techniques.
    * Domain-centric programs offer systems engineering as an option that can be exercised with another major field in engineering.

Both these patterns cater to educate the systems engineer who is able to oversee interdisciplinary projects with the depth required of a core-engineer

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