A model for effective systems engineering workforce development at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic
Walter, Paul G.
Burns, Daniel P.
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This thesis describes a methodology used to develop a systems engineering (SE) competency framework for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantica Department of Navy organization whose vision statement is to Make IT count for the Warfighter and the Nation. This methodology defines the role of systems engineers at SSC Atlantic; establishes prioritized SE competency areas; identifies associated knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs); identifies optimal workforce development methods for each KSA; and addresses how to assess systems engineers against a competency development model. The results of this analysis show that systems engineers require many of the same KSAs as other members of the engineering workforce, but also require unique KSAs focused on customer mission/capability areas, technology areas, SE processes/activities and leadership skills. Developmental methods for systems engineers to obtain these KSAs range from informal on-the-job training to professional certifications and degrees. The methodology established in this thesis can be used by other organizations to develop and employ their own competency framework in practically any discipline. The SE competency framework defined in this thesis can be leveraged/tailored by other SE organizations in order to establish developmental roadmaps for improving the KSAs of their workforce.
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