The online master’s programs prepare students for a wide-variety of systems engineering careers, including, but not limited to:
- Space and aerospace
- Government and military sectors
- Power and energy (sectors include creation, distribution, and consumption)
- Healthcare systems
- Computer networks, information systems, and cyber security
- Natural resources and the environment
- Agriculture and watershed
- Biosciences, biomedical engineering, and health sciences
- Urban planning and architecture
Systems engineers are focused on how complex projects are designed and managed over the entire life cycle of the project. They coordinate logistics, teams, and also assume control over machinery. Systems engineers are also often project managers, able to communicate to large teams of people, regardless of location, about complex tasks under demanding situations. The national median salary for Systems Engineers is $110,136. (Source: EMSI)
The program teaches students to leverage knowledge and expertise from the fields of engineering, management, and mathematics when designing and implementing solutions to complex issues.
Systems engineering career opportunities across industries
Government and Military
Systems engineering is highly relevant to projects within government and military sectors. Defense acquisition programs rely on systems engineering as an integral part of decision-making and problem-solving because it looks at everything that can be used and assesses those components to find what’s needed to make systems work. For example, in looking at the entire lifecycle of the F-14 fighter jet, systems engineers consider maintenance, design, running the numbers (hours labor, money, etc.), managing risk, and more. This helps to prevent issues with systems that can’t be fixed or are too costly to fix if a problem arises. As well as improving acquisition quality, systems engineers often work with system security issues, as well as any government and military projects that need to use systems engineering when considering all performance, security, reliability, affordability factors.
Space and Aerospace
Aerospace has well established systems engineering practices and the industry continues to be at the forefront of systems engineering. Having an academic background in systems engineering provides skills appreciated and sought after by organizations and is seen as central to a space or aerospace company’s function and competitiveness. Colorado has a heavy concentration of large space and aerospace companies to include Ball, ULA, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada, Woodward, and Northrop Grumman. CSU’s systems engineering programs have many CEOs from these companies on our executive advisory board. These individuals help drive curriculum and also serve as presenters in many of the courses.
This industry, with its service-oriented systems, needs systems engineers to manage them efficiently while considering cyber security, policy making, financial engineering, patient data management systems, and more, for the organization or hospital. Everyone along the value chain needs to make sure that what they are developing works with all the other systems (or the larger system as a whole).
Power and Energy
The relevant systems in this industry are those that produce and manage power and energy. They include the electric grid, natural gas development, the oil industry, and others. All of these systems are becoming more and more connected and are in need of patches and updates due to the fact that needs and technology have advanced past what the systems were originally built to handle. Networks of suppliers, component manufactures, and market places are all subcomponents of these systems. The companies with the most integrated (and usable) products that work across all these systems will be seen as the premier companies. These products are developed using systems engineering processes.