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Each year since 2004, APT has offered training for Safety & Mission Assurance professionals. Approximately 200 professionals obtain continuing education credits each year.

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New Course: Risk Management for Safety Critical Medical Systems

APT is proud to welcome Bijan Elahi as a guest instructor to the System Engineering & Analysis Center (SEAC) to host this course. Bijan Elahi has worked as a risk manager for class II and III medical devices both in the USA and Europe for over 22 years. In addition to working at the largest medical device companies in the world. Bijan also teaches risk management at Eindhoven University of Technology to doctoral students in engineering.
This is a practical course intended for students or professionals who are involved with safety critical systems e.g., in the fields of biomedical engineering, and medical device development. This course is ideally suited for those involved in medical device development: systems engineers, design engineers, regulatory and quality assurance. Participants will learn principles of risk management, how to do risk analysis, risk estimation, risk evaluation and risk controls. Application of formal RM techniques can predict and prevent harm to patients, and serious losses to business, particularly those involved in safety-critical systems. Safety-critical systems are those whose failure can result in injury or damage to human health, property or the environment.

The Risk Management for Safety Critical Medical Systems Training Course will be available at our Huntsville, AL location on the following dates:

  • TBD

Registration for this course is limited to 16 students. Please register early to ensure availability.

Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or
training@apt-research.com for information
regarding on-site training courses.

 

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System Safety Engineering Training

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.

APT is now offering the following System Safety courses:

  • System Safety Engineering
  • System Safety for Decision Making

The System Safety Engineering Training Course will be available at our Huntsville, AL location on the following dates:

  • August 7-11, 2017
  • November 6-10, 2017

APT also conducts on-site system safety classes for clients who
request them. These classes can be specially tailored to the
needs of the students. Contact Megan Stroud at
256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for
information regarding on-site training courses.

 

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Explosives Safety Training

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. The subjects covered in this 3-day class include:

  • Explosive Item Recognition
  • Hazardous Stimuli
  • Reaction Effects
  • Personnel Protection
  • Construction Criteria
  • Lightning Protection
  • Quantity-Distance
  • Risk Analysis
  • Explosives Modeling
  • An Introduction to Explosive Testing
  • Hazard Classification
  • Insensitive Munitions

The Explosives Safety Training Course will be available
at out Huntsville, AL location on the following dates:

  • July 11-13, 2017
  • October 3-5, 2017

Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373
or training@apt-research.com to
register or for more information.

 

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Software System Safety Training

To set the stage for the Software System Safety (SwSS) process, this course will provide an introduction and review of Risk Management, System Safety, and Software Development.  Following the introduction and review, the course will provide details of the SwSS process, beginning with a discussion of the importance of integrating SwSS activities into the System Safety Program, the Software Development activities, and Systems Engineering activities.  The relationship of the Software Hazard Criticality Matrix (SHCM) and Level of Rigor (LOR) to the overall System Safety effort will be included, as well as the importance of identification and tracking of safety-critical requirements. Specific analyses and evaluation tools will be discussed and illustrated by examples.  Details of the SwSS process will be discussed for each of the Software Development phases:  1) concept refinement, 2) requirements and architecture development, 3) design and coding, 4) test, validation, and verification, and 5) software release (delivery). The course will also cover developing safety related metrics and supporting software safety technical reviews.

The Software System Safety Training Course will be available
at our Huntsville, AL location (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates:

  • June 6-8, 2017
  • September 12-14, 2017

Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373
or training@apt-research.com to
register or for more information.

 

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Risk Management for Safety Engineering Training

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.

The Risk Management Training Course will be available
at our Huntsville, AL location (unless otherwise noted) on the following dates:

  • June 19-23, 2017

Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373
or training@apt-research.com to
register or for more information.

 

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IMESAFR Training

The course is presented over 3 days with 8 hours of mixed lecture and discussion each day, for a total of 24 classroom hours.  Daily class hours are from 8am to 5pm with an hour for lunch and breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. A competency test will be given at the end of the course.

IMESAFR training will be available on the following dates:

  • July 25-27; Huntsville, AL
  • October 11-13; Germany (exact location TBD)
  • October 31-November 2; Huntsville, AL

If you would like to attend, but are unavailable for the dates listed,
or are interested in training at your facility, or want more
information about IMESAFR training, contact
Dean Nichols, 256.327.3373,
imesafrtraining@apt-research.com.

 

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SAFER Training

The course is presented over 2 days with mixed lecture and discussion each day.  Daily class hours are from 8am to 5pm with an hour for lunch, and mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.  A competency test will be given at the end of the course.

Training participants will need a laptop computer with administrative rights to install the software and run reports.  Laptop rentals are available for the 2-day course for a fee of $75 (see Registration Form).

SAFER training is available at our Huntsville, AL location on the following dates:

  • TBD

Mail, fax, or e-mail registration and fee to Dean Nichols,
4950 Research Drive, Huntsville, AL  35805;
Telephone: 256.327.3373; Fax: 256.837.7786;
safertraining@apt-research.com
;
or contact for more information.

 

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Point of Contact

For information on cost, reservations, or other information regarding these courses, please contact
Megan Stroud, 256.327.3373, training@apt-research.com.