Course detail: Operational Test and Evaluation: User-Centric Systems Testing - ONLINE

The end user will inherit a system that is safe, but has latent deficiencies, has been mostly tested against system specifications and has undergone limited "real world" integrated systems testing. Total system performance is of primary importance to the end user, and this is the primary responsibility of Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) - to test an operationally representative system, in an operationally representative environment, using typical operators and maintainers against user requirements.

This OT&E course is designed to introduce students to the language, processes and assorted tools to estimate, plan, accomplish risk assessment, provision, conduct, analyze and report on operational tests. It focuses on the challenges of safe and effective OT&E of ground support elements, aerospace vehicles, on-board systems, human-system interaction issues and logistics suitability.

The course focuses mainly on military systems, but is equally applicable to commercial systems.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the essence of operational tests and the user's perspective, and focuses on:
  • The requirements process - how and why system specifications may not accurately reflect user needs
  • The users view of the world - why developers are from "Venus" and users are from "Mars"
  • An OT&E process - differentiation between Development Test (DT) and Operational Test (OT) perspectives
  • Areas of operational concern that are not addressed by DT - why DT alone is not sufficient to field a system
  • Operational Test and Evaluation truths - mistakes made and lessons learned
Course Schedule
When this course is offered online for open enrollment delivery, it meets for 9 live-online sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 4 hours. All live sessions are recorded and made available online the following day. However, this live, online course is designed to be interactive and will involve significant group work and exercises to practice using the concepts taught during the course.
For in-house training, contact us at for your custom scheduling needs.

Who Should Attend?
This class is designed specifically for operators, maintainers, engineers and other support personnel. It is also appropriate for those personnel involved in planning, provisioning, conducting, reporting and supporting operational test activities. The course is applicable for military and civilian students as well as academic researchers. It may also be beneficial to those involved in writing user requirements or those involved with defining new system concepts based on market analysis.

Course Fee
Early Online Registration fee: $2,195*
Regular Online Registration fee: $2,395
*Early registration fee is available if you register and pay at least 7 days prior to the course start
Registration is open until the first day of the course; however, early registration is encouraged.
The online course fee includes individual access to the Zoom course meetings and to course materials, readings, videos, and resources in Blackboard, the University of Kansas Learning Management System.
No additional textbook purchases are required outside the course fee.

U.S. Federal Employee Discount
This course is available to U.S. federal employees at 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, you must enter the code FGVT116 during the checkout process. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address (ending in .gov or .mil) when creating your online registration profile. This discount is available for both the early registration and regular registration fees.

Netherlands Defence Academy Discount
This course is available to Netherlands Defence Academy employees at a discounted registration fee. Please contact the NDA Procurement and Contracting department for details. Please note that you cannot register using our online system when requesting this discount.

Certificate Track
Flight Tests and Aircraft Performance

Classroom hours / CEUs
35 classroom hours
3.5 CEUs

Course Accessibility
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to participate in University of Kansas educational offerings. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in our Aerospace Short Courses, please email or call 785-864-6779 at least three weeks before the first day of the event.
Please note: If you are attending an Aerospace Short Course onsite at your place of employment, please contact your company's training coordinator for accommodation requests.

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Course Resources
Technical Requirements and Details for Aerospace Online Short Courses
AERO0535 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

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