Professional Achievement Award in Systems Engineering

Professional Achievement Award in Systems Engineering

Classroom Program


9-12 months


9 Units

UCR Extension

Join this interdisciplinary field and learn how to test, evaluate and modify all types of engineering systems. Take a step back and use your engineering background to look at the "bigger picture." You will be able to test real world projects and complete milestones to ensure the project meets standards set by key stakeholders and customers.

Designed For

Analysts, professionals and managers who work on complex projects, particularly in engineering areas.

What You'll Learn

  • Project definition and systems requirements
  • Analysis of various factors and potential points of failure
  • Costs and risks associated with project development
  • Verification and validation of all results

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, companies, government or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Systems Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Application Engineer
  • Senior Engineer

Program Overview


9 Units

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Systems Engineering Management


3 units

Examine the methodology used to design complex systems.

  • Operations and logistics
  • Roles and responsibilities of key players and stakeholders
  • Design verification
  • System validation
  • Continuous improvement
  • Risk management
  • Project tracking

Quarter 2

Systems Engineering Requirements and Analysis

ENGR X463.21

3 units

Surveys the concept development and selection stage of systems engineering to examine how a project meets the needs of the end-user or customer. Participants examine practical constraints of a project including performance, risk, cost and schedule. Time is devoted to examine how multiple concepts for a specific need can be presented and how to perform trade-off analyses to identify the best concept to go forward to the requirements definition phase. Participants also explore the technical requirements to carry out a project including hardware and software and human resources necessary to ensure projects remain on time, on budget and on task.

Quarter 3

Systems Engineering Design, Integration, Verification and Validation

ENGR X463.31

3 units

Emphasizes design synthesis, product definition, system modeling, identification of functional boundaries, interface control, requirements margin management and change management. Participants learn the dynamics of external and internal integration, design traceability, trade-off analysis, and configuration control. The course integrates specialty engineering topics, including reliability modeling, failure modes and effects analysis, criticality analysis, system safety analysis, human factors analysis, logistics and operations. Emphasis on the establishment of conformance verification processes including planning, design, development, system testing design, test and evaluation, process audit, configuration management and product acceptance.

“For the past 25 years, I have trained teams in Systems Engineering and Project Management. I enjoy providing practical knowledge to students, and sharing the training that I have with those interested in learning how to apply systems engineering to their major projects.”

Bruce Ziemenski

Director of Engineering
American Forces Radio and TV Broadcast Center
March Air Reserve Base

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