Systems Engineering and Quality Attributes
Specialty engineering disciplines support product, service, or enterprise development by applying crosscutting knowledge to system design decisions to balance total system performance and affordability. This knowledge area presents several of the supporting engineering disciplines, again with a focus on what knowledge is required by a systems engineer.
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The Systems Engineering and Specialty Engineering knowledge area contains the following topics:
- Integration of Specialty Engineering
- Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability
- Human Systems Integration
- Safety Engineering
- Security Engineering
- System Assurance
- Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatability
- Resilience Engineering
- Manufacturability and Producibility
- Environmental Engineering
- Lean Engineering
The systems engineering team must ensure that specialty requirements are properly reviewed with regard to their impact on life cycle costs, development schedule, technical performance, and operational utility. For example, security requirements can impact operator workstations, EMI requirements can impact the signal in the interfaces between subsystems, and mass-volume requirements may preclude the use of certain materials to reduce subsystem weight.
Engineering specialists audit the evolving design and resulting configuration items to ensure that the overall system performance also satisfies the specialty requirements. Including appropriate specialty engineers within each systems engineering team assures that all system requirements are identified and balanced throughout the development cycle.
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