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Trainer perspective on the SEP Certification: David Mason, ESEP

Sep 21, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with David Mason of dlMason Enterprise which talks about his experience and perspective as a trainer on the SEP Certification. Happy SEPtember!

David Mason

 This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am a Consultant at dlMason Enterprise

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» My proudest professional achievement is leading the Assembly Integration, and Test team of the NASA sponsored James Webb Space Telescope NIRCam Instrument. 

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer best learns through training?
» The first skill is systems thinking and how this leads to incorporating the Life Cycle processes across all stage of the development of a successful system and the soft skills required to enable direct communication across all stakeholders.

Q4. What guidance/training do you provide students regarding systems engineering and SEP certification?
» We provide trainings on identifying the interconnection and dependencies between the life cycle processes and the cross cutting tools and specialty engineers with the system engineering team along with their roles and the significance of these interactions.

Q5. What motivated you to provide these trainings?
» My motivation to provide these training is my past experiences of developing products which did not meet the product goals and objectives. This triggered my curiosity of how these failures can be eliminated and the process of comprehending the order of activities. Now I share this not occurring on today's products across all domains.

Q6. What methods do you use to provide these trainings effectively?
» These are the training methods used:  a combination of lectures from pre-developed presentations, interactive work shops where students interact to formulate responses, illustrate interdependencies, sample test questions, and debates amongst other students.

Q7. How do you continue to learn about Systems engineering? What developmental activities do you do?
» I continue to learn about Systems engineering through teaching. Teaching is my primary motivator which demands additional research into methodologies to execute efficient trade studies and solution development.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?
» You can reach me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-mason-esep-msba-9111503a/ 

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