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

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

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 Fees
Early registration course fee: $2,595 if you register and pay by the early registration deadline (45 days prior to the first day of class).
Regular registration course fee: $2,795 if you register and pay after the early registration deadline.

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.

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.

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
AERO0531 Course Information and Outline (PDF Document)

 Session Information: PA25050F

Schedule: This course meets September 16 - 20, 2024. Class times are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Times: 08:00am-04:00pm CDT
Early registration for a 5-day class : $2595.00

Session Resources
San Diego Aerospace Short Course Event Information - Lodging, Event Schedule, Transportation, etc.


Important Note: Students enrolled in this course will receive electronic copies of the course materials prior to the start of the course (notebooks, textbooks, etc.) as included in their course registration fee. To access these materials, students will need to bring a computer or other electronic device with PDF-viewing capabilities with them to class each day. Internet access and power supply will be provided on site. If you require learning accommodations contact us at and we will work with you on an accessible solution. For location details, such as lodging, course venue and transportation, visit:


Name Additional Resources
George Cusimano
Kent Nelson

Facility Detail

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Facility Resources
San Diego Venue Lodging & Transportation Details

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $250.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 5 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.