UCLA Extension

On-Site Subject-Specific Programs

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These programs provide curricula custom-tailored to meet an organization’s technical and management training needs. They consist of a specified group of short courses that can be offered at your company during the evenings, weekends, or daytime hours. A UCLA Extension certificate of participation is awarded to each attendee upon completion of the required number of program courses.

The following is a sample of current or past programs:

21st Century Leadership Program

Diverse leadership is essential for any organization that desires to grow and compete successfully in our increasingly global and multicultural work environment. To succeed as an effective leader, one must be able to work with and unite people of divergent values and beliefs, and motivate them to achieve a common goal. Diverse leadership creates a work culture that is optimal for innovation, creative problem solving, employee satisfaction, and productivity.

This program is designed to develop and enhance one’s leadership, communication, team building, and problem-solving skills.

Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing Your Strengths: Realizing Your Optimal Career Success
  • Empower Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
  • Influencing Without Authority
  • Mastering Difficult and Sensitive Situations through Essential Communication Skills
  • Mentoring: Building Trusting Relationships for Career Influence and Motivation
  • Utilizing the Full Potential of Teams
  • Plus any additional course from the Technical Management Program

Affordability Engineering Program

Over the past year, Ashton Carter, Pentagon Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, has emphasized in a series of memoranda the need to improve affordability and productivity in weapon system development and procurement. He intends to make affordability a requirement for new programs. One of his initiatives is fixed-price contracts, including for development projects. Fixed pricing is not suitable for highly risky developments but the Pentagon is often buying mature technologies or modified commercial systems. This is where fixing the development cost can benefit the Pentagon.

This program includes courses on many of the components that impact affordability and productivity of projects and programs, including cost estimating and pricing; supply chain management; design for manufacturability; design to cost; and reliability, maintainability, and supportability. The final course allows you to bring the knowledge together on a capstone project.

Curriculum

  • Principles of Cost Estimating
  • Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management
  • Product Design for Manufacturability
  • Design to Cost
  • Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability (RM&S) Impacts on Affordability
  • Affordability Capstone Project

Avionics Networking Program

This program provides the components necessary to understand networking communications. The last two “hybrid” courses present the material in the Cisco CCNA examination through a blend of live classroom meetings and online sessions.

Curriculum

  • Network Communications with TCP/IP
  • Principles of Sensor Network Design
  • Practical Cryptography for Secure Internet Applications
  • Introduction to Networks and Routing (Cisco CCNA: Part 1)
  • LAN Switching, WANs, and ACLs (Cisco CCNA: Part 2)

Digital Avionics Program

This program provides an in-depth overview of the many components of an avionics system. The series begins with an overview of digital avionics systems, including discussions of the F-22A, F-35, and Boeing 777 as case studies. Additional topics include visible, infrared, multispectral, and hyperspectral image sensors; digital and satellite communications; EMI/EMC; reliability; antenna theory, design, and applications; and airborne radar. At the end of the program, participants are asked to apply the concepts they learned on a small project.

Curriculum

  • Digital Avionics Systems
  • Visible, Infrared, Mulltispectral, and Hyperspectral Image Sensors
  • Essentials of Digital and Satellite Communications
  • EMI/EMC for the Design Engineer
  • Enhancing Reliability
  • Fundamentals of Antenna Theory, Design, and Application
  • Introduction to Airborne Radar

Flight Control Systems

This 6-course program provides an in-depth coverage of the many components of guidance, navigation, and control; vehicle management systems (VMS); and flight control systems. It begins with an overview of flight control design, including design requirements, aeronautical characteristics of aircraft, and modeling and simulation. Additional topics include flight mechanics, stability and control, global positioning systems, and safety-critical software.

All courses are taught by recognized experts in their respective fields. In addition, the courses were developed in collaboration with Northrop Grumman experts and may include guest lectures by these internal experts on specific topics.

Participants select 1 of the following:

  • Flight Control Design for Aerospace Engineers
  • Flight Control Design for Non-Aerospace Engineers

and 5 courses from the following:

  • Autonomous Control and UAVs
  • Flight Mechanics, Stability, and Control
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS): Principles and Applications
  • Introduction to Feedback and Control Systems
  • Robust Control: Toolbox, Theory, and Applications
  • Safety-Critical Software
  • System and Software Architecting: A Model-Driven Approach with Aerospace Applications

Leadership Program for Women

This program is specifically designed to address the challenges faced by technical, professional women transitioning into supervisory and management positions. It provides research-based assessment tools and strategies to help women discover and enhance their strengths, including leadership and communication skills; advance in their careers; and balance disproportionate family responsibilities and/or personal lives. Stimulating and provocative discussions are provided on communication, organizational politics, team building, problem solving, decision making, and many other topics pertinent to management and leadership success.

Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Building High-Performance Teams
  • Creative Thinking in Action
  • Managing Stress and Disagreement
  • Negotiating Your Way to Success
  • Transitioning from Technical to Managerial Responsibilities
  • Workplace Communication: Gender and Cultural Differences
  • Plus any additional course from the Technical Management Program

Software Design and Engineering Program

Current technology trends in safety-critical software development require engineers to adopt model-based design methodologies and object-oriented programming. Model-based designs and object-oriented languages enable engineers to optimize their designs at the system level, verify high-level requirements, and perform design trade-offs before software implementation.

This program is designed to guide you through model-based software design and development process using object-oriented languages, such as C#. Learn to perform model-based software architecture design and use object-oriented languages for prototyping and simulation, design optimization trade-offs for embedded systems, perform software risk analysis, and software project management.

Curriculum

  • System and Software Architecting: A Model-Driven Approach
  • Programming in C# for Visual Studio .NET Platform
  • Design Patterns in C#
  • Embedded Software Design and Development I
  • Embedded Software Design and Development II
  • Safety-Critical Software

Space Structures and Mechanisms Design and Analysis

In the modern mechanical design environment, products must be brought to market with minimal testing and at the lowest possible development cost. As a result of this lean organization focus, the risk mitigation efforts of mechanical engineers who can competently analyze complex structures or mechanical devices continue to be recognized as an essential component of most mechanical design organizations.

Design organizations have also recognized the insufficiency of evaluating mechanical systems on the basis of static-type loading only. Nearly all modern-day designs live in the realm of motion; therefore, this program provides designers, analysts, and managers with the knowledge they need to understand the correct processes for evaluating product designs on the basis of dynamic loading. In addition, under what conditions various shock and vibration environments pose risk to a design are covered, as well as how to integrate dynamic analysis into the plethora of other critical design processes.

Participants complete 5 courses selected from the following:

  • Spacecraft Design and System Engineering
  • Stress Analysis: Theory and Practive
  • Mechanical Testing of Spacecraft Structures
  • Structural Analysis Techniques for Preliminary Design of Launch Vehicles
  • Aerospace Composite Materials
  • Fundamentals of Spacecraft Fasteners and Bolted Joint Design
  • Spacecraft Mechanisms

Stress Analysis and Structural Dynamics Program

In the modern mechanical design environment, products must be brought to market with minimal testing and at the lowest possible development cost. As a result of this lean organization focus, the risk mitigation efforts of mechanical engineers who can competently analyze complex structures or mechanical devices continue to be recognized as an essential component of most mechanical design organizations. In addition, design organizations have recognized the insufficiency of evaluating mechanical systems on the basis of static-type loading only. Nearly all modern-day designs live in the realm of motion; therefore, this program provides designers, analysts, and managers with the knowledge they need to understand the correct processes for evaluating product designs on the basis of dynamic loading. In addition, under what conditions various shock and vibration environments pose risk to a design are covered, as well as how to integrate dynamic analysis into the plethora of other critical design processes.

Courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerospace Structural Materials
  • Aircraft Conceptual Design
  • Airframe Design and Repairs
  • Airframe Stress Analysis and Sizing
  • Composite Airframe Structures
  • Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Applications
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Aerospace Systems
  • Spacecraft Design and System Engineering
  • Spacecraft Structural Design and Verification
  • Stress Analysis: Theory and Practice
  • Structural Dynamics: Theory and Application
  • Structure and Properties of Composite Materials
  • UAV Aircraft Design

System Engineering Program

The goal of this 8-month program is to develop a holistic view of the nature of systems and system development, the roles and responsibilities of members of a system development team, and the synergistic aspects and interdependencies of system development, system engineering, and project management. Participants work in a program-long experiential, comprehensive system engineering exercise involving two teams of 12 to 15 participants. The program consists of 8 1-day class meetings at monthly intervals.

Course topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The Nature of Systems
  • The Essence of System Development
  • System Requirements (Objectives and Constraints)
  • System Implementation
  • Integrating Subsystems to Build Systems
  • System Validation
  • System Delivery
  • Configuration Management and Reviews

 

Note: Scheduling of all on-site programs is subject to the availability of the instructor(s). Restrictions may apply when course content is of a proprietary nature.

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