Center for Operational Analysis (COA)

Center for Operational Analysis (COA)
Test and Evaluation Certificate Program

The AFIT Test and Evaluation Certificate Program (TECP) provides students a fundamental understanding in the statistical concepts required for supporting analysis in the Test and Evaluation (T&E) Community. Particular emphasis is given to incorporating past, present, and future DoD T&E examples from all aspects of test (developmental, operational, etc) into the curriculum to tailor the applications of the methodology and approaches within each course. Current T&E focus in design of experiments (DOE) and reliability, maintainability, and availability (RM&A) analysis are addressed in required courses to complete the T&E Certificate Program. TECP targets individuals within the acquisition or analysis career fields working within research, developmental, or operational test stationed at engineering centers, test ranges, test centers, program offices or headquarters.
The T&E Certificate Program is designed to support part-time students. All students are expected to participate in the TECP via distance learning. TECP students will take classes each quarter until completing the full certificate requirements. Initially, student enrollment is expected to be approximately 20-25 students per cohort. Course delivery is via asynchronous video with weekly synchronous classes to be held throughout the quarter.
The TECP also provides an avenue for personnel interested in completing an AFIT Master’s Degree in Operations Research. The possibility exists of full-time students attending AFIT for a shortened period to complete the Operations Research Master’s Degree, once completing the certificate program. The TECP provides an entry point into this program and could be tailored to support the Applied Statistics track within this program of study. The central three courses in the certificate program would most likely apply to an AFIT Master’s program as well as other civilian universities near the student’s home station.
The TECP can be completed by full-time, in-residence students. Such students do not complete a capstone project and may be able to substitute classes, actions approved on a case-by-case basis by the TECP Program Manager.
In order to be considered for admission to TECP, candidates must meet the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management requirements for admissions. These are a completed bachelor’s degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific discipline (mathematics, physical science, engineering or computer sciences are highly desirable) and a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Additionally, successful completion of undergraduate calculus I and II is required. Waivers to the stated requirements may be granted on an individual basis as approved by the Department of Operational Sciences, through the TECP Program Manager.
TECP is a graduate level program focused on the application of operational analysis techniques and methodology as applied to the T&E Community. The program provides an understanding of analysis tools dedicated to supporting the evaluation of test data, test design, and test execution. TECP is offered via distance learning on the current AFIT quarter schedule, with STAT 583 being prerequisite to the other program courses. The expected completion time of the Certificate Program is 15-18 months of part-time study.
The program of study for this certificate is divided into 3 areas: probability and statistics pre-requisite course, T&E methodology courses, and a capstone project course. The T&E methodology courses include Empirical Modeling, Operational Experimentation with DOE applications, and RM&A. Students will complete the capstone as an independent project encompassing the concepts of experimental design for systems research, design, engineering and test. This project is completed under the guidance of an AFIT faculty-mentor (or appropriate on-site designee) and results in a final graduate report. Most students complete the OPER 689 course in lieu of the capstone.
Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities) produce graduate certificate conferees who exhibit:

1. The ability to identify and apply basic concepts required for supporting statistical analysis within the T & E Community.

2. The ability to design experiments and conduct reliability, maintainability, and availability analysis in response to the operational needs of the Air Force and Department of Defense.

3. Improve problem solving ability, critical thinking skills, and test planning skills.

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