System Manufacturing Development and Production

Course #SE4520

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course covers the concepts and problems underlying the design and operation of contemporary production systems. The course provides an understanding of the relationship between traditional manufacturing management and systems engineering activities. Topics covered include the basics of production/manufacturing system design, planning, and implementation activities that complement the concurrent systems engineering and logistics support system design activities that take place on typical large-scale Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs (e.g. ships, aircraft, ground vehicles, etc.). This includes the design/build/test and implementation of hardware/software/people configurations used for production/manufacturing within the various DoD Acquisition Life Cycle chart phases. The alignment of basic systems engineering technical and technical management processes with traditional production system design and management processes will also be covered.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 135


  • SE3302
  • SI3400

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of production and supply chain management and apply them to current systems of interest.

  • Understand relationship and significance of strategy, tactics, and controls

  • Successfully manage tradeoffs between inventory, capacity, response time, and variability.

  • Define system producibility and manufacturability, including its purpose, scope, and impact throughout a system’s lifecycle.

  • Analyze and determine appropriate inventory and control policies for production facilities using mathematical models.

  • Conduct a formal analysis of the dynamics of production processes, based on queueing theoretic concepts and models. 

  • Describe the challenges and dynamics of supply chain management including ordering and inventory.

  • Describe the foundational concepts and methods of application of ergonomics into an efficient production system.

  • Define how digital engineering and digital manufacturing are employed in production systems to include the development of digital twins and the application of additive manufacturing techniques.

  • Describe the process of quality control and techniques for accomplishing quality control with a focus on statistical process control and interpretation.

  • Describe the effect of automation on production and when and to what degree it should be applied to production.

  • Explain the current state of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base and its ability to support future DoD production requirements to include its ability to surge in times of conflict.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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