Demand is soaring for systems engineers who can plan the integration of technology, management, and development across large projects. Systems Engineering provides the knowledge, skills, and decision-making abilities to design, manage, and lead complex systems engineering projects. The Systems Engineering program prepares you to:
- Work with customers and other stakeholders to determine what they want their systems to accomplish in their operational environments.
- Analyze requirements for systems, explore alternatives for implementations, and design and engineer systems in a way that minimizes technical risks.
- Develop integration, verification, and validation strategies for systems to determine that they were built correctly and meet users’ needs.
- Describe, design, and develop complex hardware and/or software architectures that enable the functionality of complex systems and systems-of-systems.
- Work with program managers to plan, document, and control the design and development of systems in a way that minimizes budget and schedule risks.
Average Starting Salary
- Bachelor's: N/A
- Master’s: $108,667 (2015)
- PhD: N/A
Companies that have Hired WPI Systems Engineers
- BAE Systems
- Harris Corporation
- Jacobs Technology, Inc.
- Pratt & Whitney
- US Air Force and Federal Government
Download the WPI Post-Graduation Reports for more companies that have hired WPI graduates.
Sample Job Titles
- Electrical Engineer
- Network Engineer
- Software Engineer
- Systems Engineer (Lead, Principal, Senior, Associate)
Sample Professional Associations and Clubs
- International Council on Systems Engineering
- Association of Software Professionals
- Association of Computer Machinery: WPI Chapter, Professional Association
- Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering
- International Association for Computing Information Systems
Popular Industries for Systems Engineers
- Government Agencies
- Manufacturing (automobile, aerospace)