Systems Engineering Management Career

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  1. jassen2

    jassen2 Member

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    Browsing through the USAFA catalog, there is an interdisciplinary major for Systems Engineering Management. What are the AF / business world career possibilities with this degree ? I can't find any corresponding degree similar to this one from the regular universities/colleges. There is the Engineering Route to Business (ERB) from UT-Austin but I'm not sure about this.
     
  2. agolson

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    My son is considering this major. Any information would be great.
     
  3. xchefmike

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    Systems engineers

    My son is a 3rd class in Systems Engineering at USNA.
    "Systems engineers design and coordinate large and complex projects known as systems. There are many kinds of systems, and although all are large, they vary in their complexity. A system has many parts that all interact extensively with one another. Often small systems can be part of larger systems. For example, a jet airliner can be a system. So, too, can all of the airplanes owned by one airline. All of the airplanes in a country make up a more extensive system. An even larger and more complex system includes all of a nation's transportation facilities. Systems engineers can work at various levels in the design and coordination of these systems.

    Some other examples of systems are water and food distribution networks, experimental manned space flights, and military defense programs. Systems engineers also
    work on telephone systems, electric power systems, and sewage systems."


    I also read that this is one of the fastest growing and highest entry level paying jobs out there right now. They are often confused with IT guys who are called "systems engineers" at their company because they keep the computer systems going. However they dont have an engineering degree and license. Good choice. In the AF they will have a lot of work with UAV's, spacecraft and other cool stuff.
     
  4. Capt MJ

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    FWIW

    We have a sponsor daughter, USNA '00, who was a Systems Engineering major. She had a fine career in the Marine Corps in logistics and landed a great job as a Systems Manager at a major-name tire company. She trouble-shoots processes for greater efficiency, working across functional lines in the company. She had a wealth of offers to choose from, all from well-known firms who wanted her leadership experience, rigorous Academy education and knowledge of systems engineering. She's on a fast-mover track toward upper management, and she has also been mentored by other SA grads at her company. She now owns her house as well as a vacation house on a lake, is in financially great shape and is actively mentoring newly-arrived former military officers at her company. The Systems major worked very well for her.
     
  5. agolson

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    USAFA System Engineering Management

    I believe System Engineering Management and System Engineering are two different majors. I am interested in career fields for the System Engineering Management major.
     
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    Yes, there is a difference, hence my FWIW post title. Sponsor daughter was a Systems Engineer, but her active duty leadership/management experience put her in a management position where she directs the efforts of hands-on systems engineers. My comments were more to support the overall long-term worth of SA majors with the AD experience, adding up to great attractiveness to employers post-military career.
    I am sure there are posters who can directly speak to issues regarding the two majors.
     

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