Systems Engineering (SEC)
Current as of: 10/03/2016
Degree Type: Certificate Program
Program Description:   As most disciplined engineers in acquisition perform many systems engineering activities, this graduate certificate provides techniques to specific, analyze, and develop complex military systems. Such techniques include: modern Model-based systems engineering (MBSE), agile software development, the use of System Modeling Language, and architecture frameworks. Current DoD challenges, topics of interest and case students will be presented. The Certificate can be earned as a minor concentration as part of another AFIT degree or accomplished independently entirely via online/distance learning. The target audience is active duty military, Air Force civilians, and contractors with traditional engineering backgrounds, usually working in laboratories, test centers, product centers, logistics centers, or in a requirements/capability planning office. If taking one course per quarter, this program can be completed in 12 months part-time. Completion of this certificate also provides a pathway for engineers to continue into an AFIT SE Master& rsquo s program, thesis or non-thesis option, resident or online.
Program Educational Objectives: The SE Certificate Program takes students with traditional engineering backgrounds (mechanical, electrical, aerospace, etc.) and produces graduates who can effectively use SE methods, process and tools to approach and analyze complex problems and select appropriate solutions.  It is expected that graduates possessing these skills will go on to make substantive contributions to capability development with the DoD and AF.  Thus, the long term program education objectives are:
Student Outcomes: The following student outcomes are those competencies that students are expected to achieve by the completion of the Certificate program:
Certificate Requirements: The past SE Certificate, offered during 2003-2016, required four courses and a completion of Capstone project. For the new SE Certificate, approved for AY16-17, students must complete only four core SE courses:
Certificate Courses (4 courses, 16 credits): These courses provide a common breadth of knowledge and the basic building blocks for DoD systems engineers.
For full details regarding the SEC program, refer to Chapter 7 of the Department  Blue Book.