1 August 2012
The group-wide EADS focus on certifying systems engineers to standards of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) was recognized at this organization’s recent global symposium in Rome, where EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti received a certificate in honour of the company reaching a “gold” level of 100-plus certifications.
Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to mastering large and complex systems in meeting a set of business and technical requirements, and it forms a structured development process for the full lifecycle of a product – from concept and production to its operation and eventual phase-out or disposal.
The implementation of systems engineering practices at EADS, along with the certification of engineers to INCOSE standards, has been a focus of the Corporate Technical Office since Botti signed an agreement with the council in 2008 – making EADS the world’s first company to establish a certification process.
At the INCOSE global symposium in Rome, EADS Chief Technical Officer Jean Botti (at left), is joined by Stephanie Lizy-Destrez, a researcher and professor at France’s Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE); Olivier Fourure, ISAE Director; and INCOSE President John Thomas.
“Since this signature at the last INCOSE symposium four years ago, we have certified over 100 systems engineers, which is quite an accomplishment,” Botti said upon receiving the “gold” certification at the organization’s symposium. “We are now building on a solid foundation of a growing systems engineering community. Certification of any kind may sound like an easy word, but systems engineering certification represents a long-term commitment to excellence.”
EADS’ attainment of the 100th certification milestone with INCOSE places it as the worldwide aerospace leader in this domain, and no. 1 among all companies in Europe. Overall, INCOSE has reached the 1,000-mark of systems engineers certified around the globe, underscoring the council’s growing relevance – and confirming EADS’ choice to align with its standards.
“INCOSE is a credential that is recognized and demanded by an ever-growing number of industries around the world, and in fact, you can consider this validation as a ‘global passport,’” Botti added. “As an industry, we constantly are competing for the best minds. For the young engineers who want to know where they stand in their profession, the stamp of INCOSE is part of this validation.”
Clotilde Marchal, the Head of Systems Engineering Group Capabilities for EADS, noted that France’s Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE) – which trains many engineers who subsequently are hired by EADS divisions – recently signed with INCOSE to begin the systems engineering certification process, following the same step taken last December by the country’s prestigious Ecole Polytechnique.
“The fact that such schools are adding the certification is another endorsement of INCOSE as a worldwide standard,” she said.
Internally, EADS is continuing its systems engineering awareness within the company in addition to further increasing the numbers of certified personnel. “The goal not only is to develop a systems engineering community, but to inform key stakeholders such as project managers, procurement personnel and the legal teams to ensure they understand the competence that systems engineering brings,” Marchal added.