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Trainer perspective on the SEP Certification: Christopher Olson, CSEP

Sep 18, 2022
Mrunmayi Joshi
Here is an interview with Christopher Olson of LearnSE, LLC which talks about his experience and perspective as a trainer on the SEP Certification. Happy SEPtember!

Christopher Olson

 This interview was done in 2022.

Q1. What is your current role/position?

» I am the Owner / Content Creator of LearnSE, LLC.

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» My proudest professional achievement is being the Project Manager & Systems Engineer for PMA-274 (Presidential Helicopter Program) also Adjunct with JHU WSE EP Program, building and teaching the Intro to SE course (662).

Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer best learns through training?
» SE fundamentals & modeling mechanics should be learnt by a systems engineer through training. What they can't learn are those elements unique to their circumstance/project or industry; or those areas that rely most heavily on experience / lessons learned.

Q4. What guidance/training do you provide students regarding systems engineering and SEP certification?
» Product Development & Systems Engineering Fundamentals trainings are provided by LearnSE, LLC. 

Q5. What motivated you to provide these trainings?
» Lack of affordable self-paced online-only training motivated me to provide these trainings.

Q6. What methods do you use to provide these trainings effectively?
» Philosophically: Top down planning & lesson creation (much like SE itself) as well as "chunking" in small bite-size time segments, although this is not always possible. Technically: Screen record, animated presentations, consistent formatting, high quality images (svg) & high-quality audio. Being an audio engineer has helped for sure.

Q7. How do you continue to learn about Systems engineering? What developmental activities do you do?
» I read INCOSE Insights and SE journal articles that might pertain to me; as well as any relevant textbooks that come out. Most recent was David Herthington's SysML for CATIA release. I am currently reading Pohl's Requirements Engineering.

Q8. How can we reach out to you?
» You can reach me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopher-olson-csep-pmp-07857282/

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