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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers New Systems Engineering Certificate Program and Informational Webinar

New Curriculum Focuses on Foundational and Key Requirements in Engineering Activities

IRVINE, Calif. – November 9, 2011 – University of California, Irvine Extension announces the launch of its new Systems Engineering Certificate Program that provides professionals skills needed to excel at product development, service delivery fundamentals and project management techniques. The program prepares program managers and those in technical and non-technical disciplines for the Associate and Certified levels of the Systems Engineering Professional exams (ASEP & CSEP) given by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). A Systems Engineering education planning session is scheduled on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to provide more information about the courses and benefits of the program.

“According to, the national average salary for Systems Engineers is $95,000 and with the job market recently growing into other industry sectors such as: commercial products and services, transportation, utilities and energy, the possibilities are endless,” said Dave Dimas, director of Engineering, Sciences and Information Technology at UC Irvine Extension. “The expanding complexity of providing products and services in a worldwide marketplace with a global workforce has fueled an increase in demand for Systems Engineers, and the Systems Engineering Certificate Program provides analytical, terminological and operational skills for professionals to excel in the industry.”

Certificate requirements include four required courses and two elective courses for a minimum of 15 credit units or 150 hours of instruction. Through an articulation agreement, specific coursework from this certificate program also is transferrable to the Georgia Institute of Technology as credit toward their online Professional Master of Applied Systems Engineering degree program.

New Courses for Winter Quarter

Foundations of the Systems Engineering Process (Jan. 9 – March 11): Course participants will increase their understanding of the systems engineering processes, standard development models, strategies, terminology and products produced over the systems development life-cycle in this online course.

Systems Requirements Engineering (Feb. 6 – March 5): Course participants will gain an understanding of the following five key requirements engineering activities: elicitation of requirements, documentation and specifications, analysis and functional decomposition, requirements management, and verification and validation. This accelerated eight-meeting class is held on the UC Irvine campus from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Required Courses:

• Foundations of the Systems Engineering Process

• Systems Requirements Engineering

• System Design and Integration

• System Validation and Verification

Elective Courses (Choose 2):

• Simulation-Based Engineering for Complex Systems

• Systems Engineering Tools and Methods

• INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification Preparation

Register for the education planning session at More information on the Information Systems Security Certificate Program can be found at

UC Irvine Extension also can deliver this program or a customized program to fit a company’s needs for corporate training. For a complimentary needs assessment, or to learn more about corporate training, visit or call (949) 824-1847.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit