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Trainer perspective on the SEP Certification: Mark Williamson, CSEP

Sep 28, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Mark Williamson of SyntheSys Technologies Ltd.  which talks about his experience and perspective as a trainer on the SEP Certification. Happy SEPtember!

Mark Williamson

 This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am the Managing Director of SyntheSys Technologies Ltd.

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» My time serving in the Royal Air Force working on airborne radar and other systems brought about many incredibly proud professional experiences. The work I have done since leaving the forces has also been a great source of pride to me; I feel privileged to work with innovative manufacturing and engineering organizations and feel proud of how the team here at SyntheSys has developed a robust and specialist systems engineering offering.

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer best learns through training?
» The INCOSE framework as outlined in the INCOSE systems engineering handbook is a robust basis for a successful learning experience and it is with that in mind that I develop my training courses. But it is not just the theory of systems engineering which is important when considering the application of new skills, and I am a great believer in teaching around human factors, knowledge management and other organizational project-enabled processes.

Q4. What guidance/training do you provide students regarding systems engineering and SEP certification?
» I offer the following training solutions to individuals looking to start or extend their systems engineering careers: (1) An Introduction to Systems Engineering; (2) INCOSE Systems Engineering Exam Preparation Training; (3) Requirements Writing Training.

Q5. What motivated you to provide these trainings?
»  I consider myself an active member of the INCOSE and broader systems engineering communities and saw a growing appetite and interest in systems engineering and felt I could add value by sharing my knowledge and assist those looking to develop a career.

Q6. What methods do you use to provide these trainings effectively?
» My training style is varied and interactive. I use a mix of knowledge sharing, workshops, discussions and exercises, to ensure my students have a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of systems engineering.

Q7. How do you continue to learn about Systems engineering? What developmental activities do you do?
» Participation in industry events is a valued source of knowledge and insight and gives me access to the latest thinking in systems engineering. I participate in formal training programs provided by industry leaders such as IBM. My privileged position as a trainer also gives me access to informal peer-to-peer learning and I participate in online and in-person peer-to-peer forums, working groups and workshops which also keep my knowledge fresh.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?
» You can reach me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmarkwilliamson/

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