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Trainer perspective on the SEP Certification: Jan von Tongelen, CSEP

Sep 09, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Jan von Tongelen of Rücker + Schindele B. I. GmbH which talks about his experience and perspective as a trainer on the SEP Certification. Happy SEPtember!

Jan Von Tongelen


 This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am the Managing Director at Rücker + Schindele B. I. GmbH, Lead Trainer and Consultant (https://www.runds.de/).

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

»  My proudest professional achievement in the Systems Engineering community is that I organized and moderated INCOSE EMEA Workshop in Manheim Germany. As Technical Director of Gfse (2017-2021), I led the German Working Groups in further development of SE.

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer best learns through training?
» Responsibility and Mindset of SE and Interrelation between SE Processes and Methods are the skills that a systems engineer can best learn through training.  

Q4. What guidance/training do you provide students regarding systems engineering and SEP certification?
» We provide several trainings that vary from awareness sessions (0.5 – 1 day) for manager and interfaces and deep dive sessions (up to 15 days) to earn practical experience.

Q5. What motivated you to provide these trainings?
» Our motivation for providing these trainings is to motivate and qualify people, spread the Systems Engineering mindset and understanding. Systems Engineering is one of the enablers for the future.

Q6. What methods do you use to provide these trainings effectively?
» Our training method is a mix of: producing awareness and responsibility, frontline teaching, practical experience, digital content, easy examples, and many more.

Q7. How do you continue to learn about Systems engineering? What developmental activities do you do?
» I continue to learn about Systems Engineering by: being a part of the SE Community, discussing it on national and international level, and challenging my understanding in real world problems.

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

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