Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Mission Engineering, or capabilities engineering, is the development and deployment of capabilities by applying an operational mission context to the relevant systems of systems (SoS) engaged in performing the mission. Mission engineering differs from traditional systems engineering because from the mission engineering perspective, the individual systems that comprise the capabilities are inherently flexible, functionally overlapping, multi-mission platforms supported by a complex backbone of information communication networks. The SoS approach has arisen in response to the needs for capabilities requiring multiple linked systems that are greater than the sum of the capabilities of the constituent parts.
One question is what is the critical competency skills required to successfully accomplish mission engineering? This research task has several objectives, the results of which will be reported to conference attendees. The project: • Identifies competencies for mission engineering that are truly unique, showing where there is separation from the generally demanded systems engineering competencies. • Identifies critical overlaps between mission engineering and systems engineering competencies. • Identifies aspects of mission engineering that are general enough to be considered critical by the broader acquisition workforce, yet specific enough to support building interdisciplinary mission engineering knowledge and abilities. • Develops a Mission Engineering Competency Model that supports the engineering community but also provides input to other career fields (e.g. Program Management, Test & Evaluation, etc.) unique to their responsibilities to support and manage mission engineering. • Conducts a gap analysis comparing current curricula against the competency requirements. • Provides recommendations on creating a mission engineering curriculum, as well as modifying the applicable career fields’ curricula to build interdisciplinary mission engineering knowledge and abilities.
The research team will present the current state of the project at ASEE 2018, including: the Mission Engineering Competency Model at the conference; the relationships between mission engineering, systems engineering, and system of systems engineering as defined in the interview data and from open source literature; any findings on common approaches for developing mission engineering competencies; and any identified gaps in current education for mission engineering.
Hutchison, N. A., & Luna, S., & Miller, W. D., & See Tao, H. Y., & Verma, D., & Vesonder, G. T., & Wade, J. P. (2018, June), Mission Engineering Competencies Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30812
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