Accession Number : AD1016169

Title :   Developing Air Force Systems Engineers - a Flight Path

Descriptive Note : Journal Article

Corporate Author : Colorado Air National Guard Centennial United States

Personal Author(s) : Nicholson,J M

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Report Date : 01 Dec 2012

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : Throughout my career, I have observed a dilemma that faces program managers (PMs). How does a PM develop junior-level engineers into effective systems engineers? My first assignment in the Air Force as a second lieutenant was as a systems engineer responsible for depot maintenance of a $500 million, one-of-a-kind weapon system. I was part of an integrated product team (IPT) that managed the work of a defense contractor. We provided technical oversight, long-term sustainment strategy, and contractual support. For more than a year, I was the only government engineer on the program and thus the sole person responsible for technical oversight of 10 to 20 projects at a time. I reviewed and approved drawings, attended design reviews as the lead engineer, supervised installations, and performed developmental test and evaluation (DT and E). Clearly, I was a junior engineer in a senior engineers position. I was provided no systems engineering training or applicable system-specific training by my unit. Now, after 6 years as a systems engineer and PM, I have learned this is not uncommon.

Descriptors :   PROGRAM MANAGEMENT , systems engineering , engineers , contractors , CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION , project management , leadership , training , military personnel , personnel management , journeyman level

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE