Training Courses


Each year since 2004, the SEAC has offered training for Safety & Mission Assurance professionals. Approximately 200 professionals from both government and industry obtain continuing education credits each year.


 

System Safety Engineering

The System Safety Engineering course builds upon your knowledge as a safety professional or a supervisor/manager, to develop competence and sharpen skills in the techniques that support hazard discovery, the assessment and control of risk, and in reviewing work of this kind performed by others. You will receive guidance in the management of limited resources for the optimum control of risk.

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Explosives Safety

Designed primarily for individuals who develop, assemble, test, inspect, approve, transport, store or in some other way handle explosive items or material, the Explosive Safety Course is an overview of hazards inherent to explosive operations; associated safety precautions; and methods to analyze, test and obtain approval for explosive activities. The instructors are Mike Swisdak and Jerry Rufe.

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Software System Safety Engineering

Software System Safety Engineering is an integrated combination of Software System Safety (SwSS) and software engineering technologies as applied to system safety. It describes generic SwSS processes adaptable to a variety of customer needs, and is tailorable to specific projects and software development processes. Each course module contains material designed to provide the student with the information and detail needed to understand and apply the material. This course is constantly updated to include new techniques, in-depth processes, and real-life examples. Exercises and quizzes are included to build student confidence when applying software system safety principles.

The course begins with an overview of the learning objectives, the need for SwSS, and a description of the relationship between system safety and SwSS. After a discussion of directives, documents, policies and regulations related to SwSS, the course provides detailed instruction on the SwSS process, including a variety analyses and tools. The instruction concludes with planning details for a SwSS program; hazard identification and tracking; risk assessment, risk reduction, and risk acceptance as applicable to SwSS. In keeping with APT’s commitment to excellence, recent updates to the course include modules titled “Programmable Logic Devices,” “Model-Based Software Safety” and “The Future of Software System Safety.” The course runs Tuesday thru Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm each day, with breaks provided in the morning, afternoon, and for lunch.

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Risk Management for Safety Engineers

As a discipline, safety engineering exists in many sectors of our economy, and managing risk is the primary function of the discipline. Practitioners have applied their techniques in aerospace, transportation, explosives, testing, industrial, and chemical operations for decades. More recently, the medical, food service, and environmental sectors have begun establishing practices with similar overarching purpose.

This course provides an overview of the underlying processes used to manage risks and demonstrates the common elements that can be applied to any sector of our economy. The most common of these processes is IARA, an acronym for Identify, Assess, Reduce, Accept. The safety case approach is also presented and benefits reviewed. The necessary understanding begins with the language and math needed to communicate and develop a risk management program. The history of improvements made in management processes is reviewed. Pascalian methods are highlighted.

The first half of this five-day class is applicable to managing safety risks from any and all sectors. The second half focuses on specific practices applicable to system safety, range or launch safety, explosives safety, industrial or OSHA safety, operational safety, reliability, software safety, and quality.

This course is designed for safety engineers at all levels, as well as system engineers, and program and project managers. The beginning safety engineer will learn techniques to identify hazards as risk factors and methods to reduce the risks. The journeyman safety engineer will recognize practices used in their sector, and learn how other sectors apply similar techniques. Systems engineers and managers will gain an understanding of how safety engineering integrates into overall systems engineering, and recognize the importance of the “accept” function within overall management.

Course instructors have over 40 years of experience as practicing safety engineering professionals. They will provide numerous experience-based insights during the course.

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Reliability Engineering

The Reliability Engineering training course is designed for professionals wanting to advance their understanding and knowledge in reliability engineering tools and techniques and their application in technical assessments and special studies. The course includes an introductory module of key definitions, basic statistics, and a review of the basic principles of the reliability engineering discipline, including a description of a reliability case for establishing and managing a reliability engineering program. The rest of the course modules focus on reliability engineering tools and techniques used by engineering professionals throughout government and industry.

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