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Why Systems Engineering?

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary task. It generally deals with managing the mechanical, electrical, digital and human components of a system. These professionals routinely deal with logistics, coordination of teams, projects and personnel, and the testing and evaluation of the system as a whole.


Is Systems Engineering for me?

Systems Engineering is unique in the way it identifies and manipulates the properties of a system. This discipline recognizes that the design, application and operation of the system as a whole is distinct from the design of its individual parts.

Specializations within the broader field of Systems Engineering include:

  • Product Systems Engineers (PSE) who deal with the design of traditional physical systems comprised of hardware and software.
  • Enterprise Systems Engineers (ESE) who view enterprises and organizations as systems.
  • Service System Engineers (SSE) who manage engineering systems that serve another system.
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Possible Career paths

  • Communication Systems Engineer

    Communication systems engineers will perform technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk and supportability and effectiveness analyses for total systems. These engineers also perform system design, specification, implementation and testing of communication systems including military and civilian, data and voice communication over radio, satellite communication, and telecom and data network systems.

  • Systems Engineer

    A Systems Engineer can be involved in a variety of programs and business development opportunities, technical management and design of systems solutions, providing technical input for all aspects of projects, design and system integration and providing support in order to facilitate the delivery of projects within time and budget constraints, and maintaining customer satisfaction. These engineers need familiarity with various aspects of system design including architectural design, concept generation, functional analysis, interface management, modelling and simulation, integration and verification, validation and transition to operation.

  • Senior Systems Engineer

    Senior Systems Engineers will work to define software architectures, derive software requirements and design software architecture, through both top-down and ground-up approaches, that satisfes specific customer needs. Typically, they will oversee and work closely with a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Safety Systems Engineering Manager

    Safety Systems Engineering Managers will lead system safety engineering processes in establishing and maintaining risk acceptance systems which identify and tracks hazards, and developing system and subsystem hazard analyses, fault tree analysis, and failure modes & effects analysis. These engineering managers may also be expected to ensure any residual safety risks are characterized and formally accepted by the necessary approval authorities.

  • DSP Algorithms Engineer

    A Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Algorithm Engineer will design and develop state-of-the-art, space-based communication systems for commercial, civil and/or national communications projects These projects could include developing satellite communication systems and architecture, sonar and radar processing, designing and developing control systems, and image or video processing systems. Engineers may be involved in verifying requirements and interfaces, verifying algorithms, supporting integration and performance simulations, procuring hardware components and designs and leading teams of other designers and engineers.

  • Entry Level DSP Subsystems/Algorithm Engineer

    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Subsystems Engineers will assist in the design and development of communication systems for commercial and industrial use. Projects often extend throughout the product life cycle, including internal trades, conceptual studies and defining systems, and through development and test phases. These professionals typically belong to a systems engineering team and required to interact with customers, suppliers, program management, integration and test engineers and senior technologists.

  • Chief Systems Engineer

    As the senior technical advisor for a team or project, the Chief Systems Engineer reporting to upper management or team leaders, and is responsible for technical review of all team output. They will also be directly responsible and accountable for ensuring that technical quality and standards are met.

  • Security and Infrastructure Enterprise Architect

    Security and Infrastructure Enterprise Architects conduct a range of architecture activities in on-premise, hybrid, cloud and mobile infrastructure architectures. They will also assess, evaluate and recommend specific security and cryptographic capabilities for these architectures.

  • Operations Analyst

    The role of Operations Analyst includes conducting operations analyses, simulation and modelling and delivering independent, focussed and defensible analyses to supervisors and clients. These analyses will be used to support business and operational decisions. These analysts will use tools including multi-criteria decision analysis, discrete event simulation, gap analysis, regression analysis and forecasting.

  • Manufacturing Systems Engineer

    Manufacturing systems engineers design, install, monitor and develop manufacturing equipment and assembly lines in factories, or design and construct new manufacturing plants. Manufacturing systems engineers integrate the entire manufacturing process from production and supply to sales, and from the beginning of a project to the completion.

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