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ATI's Systems Engineering—Synthesis course

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      This three-day course covers the work of system engineers between the requirements analysis and verification work that includes support of the product design, procurement, and the manufacturing processes that transform the product specification content into a physical reality. Each student will receive a full set of course notes and textbook, System Synthesis, by the instructor Jeff Grady.

      This course can be extended to 4 days for on-sites.

      Systems Engineering Grand Systems Development Training Program



      Jeffrey O. Gradyhas 30 years of industry experience in aerospace companies as a system engineer, engineering manager, field engineer, and project engineer. Jeff has authored nine published books in the system engineering field and holds a Master of Science in System Management from USC. He teaches system engineering courses nation-wide. Jeff is an INCOSE Founder, Fellow, and INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP).

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    What You Will Learn:

    • From this course you will learn how to manage the system engineering work during product design, procurement, and manufacturing.
    • Specific effective techniques are presented for the synthesis work from the system engineer’s perspective.
    • Principal ideas developed include interface development and integration, trade studies, and design reviews.

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction to System Synthesis

    2. System Synthesis Fundamentals – We will explore some key words in the vocabulary of a system engineer: design, synthesis, optimization, and integration as well as consider how integration work actually gets done by human beings.

    3. Common Process and Program Planning -

    4. Teams, Knowledge, and Communication – These three topics are clearly related.

    5. System Definition and Concept Development – An overview of the requirements definition process and identification of a few requirements for a subsequent design workshop.

    6. System Definition and Concept Development (Continued)

    7. Interface Definition – Effective methods to manage interface development are discussed. Interface responsibility methods are identified including the dual n-square model and lowest common team integration concept.

    8. Risk Management in Synthesis – Proven risk techniques appropriate to the synthesis work are covered.

    9. Product Design – The design engineer’s image of the system engineer should be of one who is trying to encourage designer success, not cause problems.

    10. Design Decision-Making

    11. Design and Trade Study Workshop – An actual trade study is done in class.

    12. Design and Trade Study Workshop (Continued)

    13. Design Domain Integration – Several design domains are discussed from an integration perspective.

    14. Specialty Engineering Integration – What are these disciplines and how do they collectively and individually support closure on a good design solution?

    15. Configuration Management

    16. ICWG Exercise – You will attend a mock ICWG meeting and deal with some difficult interface issues.

    17. ICWG Exercise (Continued)

    18. Procurement and Material

    19. Manufacturing and Quality Assurance

    20. Verification Integration

    21. Design Review Preparation, Implementation, and Closeout

    22. Design Review Workshop

    23. Design Review Workshop (Continued)

    24. The Future of Synthesis – How will the work of the system engineer change as we move on to model-driven development?


    This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at

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