Systems Engineering Higher Apprenticeship
Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship: High Speed Rail and Infrastructure Higher Technician
This course is on offer to industry apprentices from January 2018. Enquiries and applications for enrolment for courses in future years are now live.
Systems engineering is all about planning for the future. It needs both engineering and management skills as it simulates how to design and manage complex systems or projects. A systems engineer is essential for the smooth running of a project.
In high speed rail, that means making sure that everything from the design to the construction comes together as a whole, without any nasty surprises! And where problems do arise, systems engineers are able to come up with elegant solutions to keep the project on track.
You’ll have a really analytical brain and be extremely organized and methodical in your work. Keeping complex projects like high speed railways ticking over is no mean feat!
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
• The concept, significance and meaning of systems thinking and the systems engineering discipline, and the impact of relevant standards
• Holistic approaches to managing the lifecycle processes of a project
• Types of assurance, validation and verification (from traditional ‘V’ model to Agile systems engineering)
• System architecture, hardware, software and interfaces, including BIM
• RAMSS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety, Security) analysis.
AND BE ABLE TO:
• Apply systems thinking to a broad range of challenges in the context of high speed rail
• Select and apply appropriate system modelling techniques incorporating ergonomic and human factors
• Contribute to the identification of testing, commissioning and hand-over requirements, the capture, development, and management of requirements and systems architecture
• Estimate the production availability of a system by assessing failure modes, frequencies and consequences; contribute to system analysis activities.