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Trainer perspective on the SEP Certification: David Endler, CSEP

Sep 07, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with David Endler, a Systems Engineering consultant and trainer, which talks about his experience and perspective as a trainer on the SEP Certification. Happy SEPtember!

David Endler

 This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am a systems engineering consultant, trainer, and coach.

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» In one of my projects, I was acting on behalf of the Director Flight Safety of the Swiss Air Force. In this project, it was my responsibility to define the system safety process for the acquisition of three air traffic management systems.

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer best learns through training?
» In my courses, students typically work on a sample project that everyone can understand, but that is outside of their professional day-to-day experience. Typical project situations are then re-enacted during the training to address important principles. By not being focused on the technical details, this sample project makes it easier for the participants to get involved in the core competencies (e.g., systems thinking, capability engineering, critical thinking, etc.).

Q4. What guidance/training do you provide students regarding systems engineering and SEP certification?
» I'm offering quite a range of system engineering trainings. From half a day (mainly for executives) to 12 days SE-ZERT trainings and everything in between.

Q5. What motivated you to provide these trainings?
» For me, there are two rewarding situations about trainings. The first one is when students pass their exam and are extremely happy. The second one is even more rewarding, this is when I meet students after a couple of weeks or even months and they tell me that they successfully applied one of the methods they learned in the training.

Q6. What methods do you use to provide these trainings effectively?
» There are three main methods that I'm applying: 1) The trainings typically include some time buffers so that all questions the students may have can be discussed. So the overall format is quite open and the students are requested to participate actively. 2) Where ever possible, I'm trying to create the link to the real world by elaborating on situations I've been exposed to. 3) The trainings typically include short exercises to reinforce the learning.

Q7. How do you continue to learn about Systems engineering? What developmental activities do you do?
» To keep up with emerging topics, I'm volunteering within INCOSE (working groups, Technical Director, Systems Engineering Handbook v5) and ISO. At this point, I'm the project editor for ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 and ISO/IEC/IEEE 24748-2 (guide to 15288) next revisions.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?
» You can reach me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-david-endler-72b7712/

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