Ultimately, the systems engineer
makes himself obsolete to some extent after a good continuous quality improvement culture is established at the organization.
Although the Air Force assigns entry-level systems engineers
to program offices, this is not a traditional career path for systems engineers
While it may be true that on small projects, by sheer will and effort, development teams can overcome the obstacles of not having a systems engineer
, not having a person in this role comes at a cost.
In fact, while systems engineers
certainly need to understand process work and often use a process-driven approach, systems engineering is actually a more organic activity than some people make it sound.
Thus far, organizations have focused on the amount of time it takes to mature systems engineers
from existing disciplined engineers already in the workforce.
Hence, systems engineers
need to be very skilled in how they solicit customers' requirements.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) has created SEL University to provide industrial power systems engineers
and managers with continuing education on the latest advancements in power system protection and integration and how they affect plant performance.
Epoch Software Systems has built a reputation as a source of highly skilled software and systems engineers
. Epoch's management staff believe that a committed and qualified staff is the key to the success of any company, no matter how sophisticated the equipment or impressive the facility.
Department of Defense and NASA; 28 of the world's top academic institutions; and several smaller organizations focused in specific domains, the 100 Corporate Advisory Board members represent over 200,000 systems engineers
that span a wide range of domains and industry sectors.
For systems engineers
in chemical, mechanical, electrical, or aerospace engineering, Rahn and Wang (both Pennsylvania State U.) develop the multidisciplinary area of battery systems engineering.
During the course of the efforts, the systems engineers
gained valuable insight into the application of systems engineering to rapid prototyping.
Bonnema, Veenvliet, and Broenink present a compact "starter kit" for systems engineers
. Combining systems engineering, an established discipline for which quite a few good books exist, with system design, they provide a basis so that the design process can take place as smoothly and efficiently as possible.