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

WPI Graduates:

  • Bachelor's: N/A
  • Master’s: $108,667 (2015)
  • PhD: N/A

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Companies that have Hired WPI Systems Engineers

  • BAE Systems
  • Elvit
  • Harris Corporation
  • Jacobs Technology, Inc.
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • US Air Force and Federal Government

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Sample Job Titles

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer (Lead, Principal, Senior, Associate)

Sample Professional Associations and Clubs

Popular Industries for Systems Engineers

  • Government Agencies
  • Manufacturing (automobile, aerospace)
  • Power/Energy
  • Technology

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