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Apprenticeship training course

Systems engineer (degree) (level 7)

Solving some of the most complex engineering challenges by organising all the information needed to understand the whole problem, exploring it and finding the most appropriate solution.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Select appropriate lifecycle for a system or element of a system and establish its lifecycle stages and the relationships between them
  • Define context of a system from a range of viewpoints including system boundaries and external interfaces
  • Use appropriate methods to analyse stakeholder needs to produce good quality, consistent requirements with acceptance criteria and manage them throughout system development
  • Identify, analyse, recommend treatment, and monitor and communicate risks and opportunities throughout project
  • Generate a physical, mathematical, or logical representation of a system entity, phenomenon or process
  • Apply creativity, innovation and problem solving techniques to system development or operation
  • Define the systems architecture and derived requirements to produce an implementable solution that enables a balanced and optimum result that considers all stakeholder requirements across all stages of the lifecycle.
  • Identify, define, and control interactions across system or system element boundaries
  • Assemble a set of system elements and aggregate into the realised system, product, or service using appropriate techniques to test interfaces, manage data flows, implement control mechanisms, and verify that elements and aggregates perform as expected
  • Define verification plans (including tests) to obtain objective evidence that a system of system element fulfils its specified requirements and characteristics
  • Provide objective evidence that the operational system fulfils its business or mission objectives and stakeholder requirements and expectations.
  • Communicate effectively with all stakeholders of the project using the most appropriate medium and techniques including written and verbal presentation,
  • Integrate a system into its operational environment, including the provision of support activities (e.g. specification of site preparation, training, logistics, etc.)
  • Define and collect operation data for monitoring and control of a system
  • Initiate design change proposals in response to system failure or degradation
  • Create and maintain project management plan, including work breakdown structure, scheduling, and risk management
  • Balance project scope, time, cost, risk, and resources to optimise product or service quality and return on investment
  • Manage and control system elements and configuration over the project or programme lifecycle ensuring overall coherence of the design is maintained in a verifiable manner throughout the lifecycle
  • Plan, execute, and control the storage and provision of information to stakeholders.
  • Define, coordinate and maintain effective and workable plans across multiple disciplines
  • Identify concepts and ideas in sciences, technologies and engineering disciplines beyond their own discipline that could benefit the project solution
  • Partition between discipline technologies and work with specialists to derive discipline specific requirements

Full information on Systems engineer (degree) (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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