Training

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


System Safety Engineering

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 also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

 


Explosives Safety

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

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

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Software System Safety Engineering

Software System Safety Engineering is an integrated combination of Software System Safety (SwSS) and software engineering technologies as applied to system safety. It describes generic SwSS processes adaptable to a variety of customer needs, and is tailorable to specific projects and software development processes. Each course module contains material designed to provide the student with the information and detail needed to understand and apply the material. This course is constantly updated to include new techniques, in-depth processes, and real-life examples. Exercises and quizzes are included to build student confidence when applying software system safety principles.

The course begins with an overview of the learning objectives, the need for SwSS, and a description of the relationship between system safety and SwSS. After a discussion of directives, documents, policies and regulations related to SwSS, the course provides detailed instruction on the SwSS process, including a variety analyses and tools. The instruction concludes with planning details for a SwSS program; hazard identification and tracking; risk assessment, risk reduction, and risk acceptance as applicable to SwSS. In keeping with APT’s commitment to excellence, recent updates to the course include modules titled “Programmable Logic Devices,” “Model-Based Software Safety” and “The Future of Software System Safety.” The course runs Tuesday thru Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm each day, with breaks provided in the morning, afternoon, and for lunch.

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

 


Managing Risk for Multiple Disciplines

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.

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

 


Reliability Engineering

The Reliability Engineering training course is designed for professionals wanting to advance their understanding and knowledge in reliability engineering tools and techniques and their application in technical assessments and special studies. The course includes an introductory module of key definitions, basic statistics, and a review of the basic principles of the reliability engineering discipline, including a description of a reliability case for establishing and managing a reliability engineering program. The rest of the course modules focus on reliability engineering tools and techniques used by engineering professionals throughout government and industry.

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Megan Stroud at 256.327.3373 or training@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

 


IMESAFR

IMESAFR (Institute of Makers of Explosives Safety Analysis for Risk) is a probabilistic risk assessment tool used to calculate risk to personnel from explosives facilities. This tool is a supplement to the longstanding American Table of Distances. Whereas the ATD provides a level of safety based on explosives quantity and distance, IMESAFR determines a level of safety based upon risk. In addition to explosives quantity and distance, IMESAFR uses the donor structure, the activity at the donor, and the structure of the exposed sites to determine the level of safety.

The purchase of an IMESAFR v2.1 Training Voucher allows the customer to attend training for IMESAFR v2.1. The voucher may be exchanged for a seat at any regularly-scheduled, Huntsville-based IMESAFR v2.1 training course. 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.

IME requires that all users of IMESAFR receive training from APT on the usage of the code as a condition of purchase. An exception to this requirement is if someone else at your agency or organization has already received training and you wish to purchase an additional copy of the software. Other special circumstances may also be considered.

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 Mary Robinson, 256.327.3373, imesafrtraining@apt-research.com.

System Requirements: IMESAFR v2.1 is compatible with Windows® 7, 8, and 10.  An application installer for OS X, Linux, older versions of Windows®, and other operating systems may be available upon request.

Click here for a list of people who have received a certificate of training and training number.

 


SAFER Software

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).

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

 


Homemade Explosives (HME) Course

This course covers HME characteristics, indicators, chemical precursors, commonly used processing equipment, clandestine manufacturing sites, and their associated hazards. APT provides all necessary training materials to include HME-related IED training devices, mock lab facilities, and simulators. We also provide practical exercises at the end of each training block.

Description: This course provides information related to manufacturing HME and components, including relevant types found by the FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, and the Theaters of Operation.

Course Time: This course requires four days to complete, with approximately 40% classroom learning and 60% scenario-driven practical exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Information on commonly used types of HME, precursors, Nitrates, Chlorates, Peroxides and Permanganates, common fuels (solid and liquid), common oxidizers (solid and liquid), associated hazards, and improvised detonators.
  • Provide current, relevant sampling and hazard mitigation procedures on the different types of HME.
  • Provide instructions on general HME facility set up, storage requirements, and identifiers of illicit HME labs.

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Miguel Perez at 256.327.3373 or C-IED@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

 


IED-Electronics  (IED-E) Course

This course covers IED electronics theory and instructional application on diagnostics, circuit analysis and disablement techniques, radio control, Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF), Electronics Countermeasures (ECM) theory and practical evolutions. We also provide practical exercises at the end of each training block.

Description:This course provides EOD Technicians with knowledge of IED components and circuitry, to include the Radio/Remote Controlled IED (RCIED) threat. IED electronics kits are provided to every student, consisting of common components used in electronically initiated IED firing systems and tools.

Course Time:This course requires five days to complete, with approximately 40% classroom learning and 60% scenario driven practical exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic fundamentals of electricity and IED electronics.
  • Apply electrical theory to the use of switches, power sources, and resistors in an electrical circuit.
  • Explain the function of basic IED components.
  • Have the skills and knowledge to construct circuits from schematic diagrams utilizing applicable component configurations.
  • Ability to comprehend various electronics components and circuitry utilized in the construction of IEDs.

APT also conducts training classes at customer locations for clients who request them. Contact Miguel Perez at 256.327.3373 or C-IED@apt-research.com for information regarding availability.

 


What people are saying…

Tom DeLong had relevant experience and could describe the material with real world examples. He explained complicated subjects several different ways to reach others.

- System Safety Training Student

Thank you for a great week. I really am excited to apply these new analyses to my projects. You made it fun and entertaining to learn.

- System Safety Training Student
- Robins AFB Student

Did an excellent job of keeping material interesting and class engaged.

- System Safety Training Student

Great introductions to system safety principles. Thanks.

- System Safety Training Student

The best part was working through the examples in class.

- System Safety Training Student

The class was very insightful. The presentation cadence was right and easy to follow. Questions were answered insightfully and clearly. I can’t even offer anything that could be improved.

- System Safety Training Student

Excellent teaching skills, deep knowledge of Army safety engineering.

- System Safety Training Student

Excellent course with some great real life examples.

- System Safety Training Student

Tom’s confidence and knowledge of the material is self-evident. His stories provided great anchors for the training material and made it relevant. His magic tricks were good mental breaks.

- System Safety Training Student

Overall very good. It looks like you learn from every class and update material accordingly. I would recommend this course to others.

Training Student

Excellent course and presentation!

- System Safety Training Student

Good at using real world examples. Allowed discussion to occur and then refocused the group well. Answered all questions in depth.

- System Safety Training Student

Tom is one of the best instructors I’ve had in 10 years.  Excellent examples and creative teaching techniques.

- Hill AFB Student

I would like to thank you for the great SW Safety Class that I took with you at APT. As a Safety Engineer with over 25 year experience, I didn’t feel that there was anything else that I needed to learn. I was wrong. You took the system safety principles that we all learned for hardware and showed me how to apply them to software. You also showed me how to integrate these techniques and principle into the acquisition process. Your explanation of Levels of Rigor for SW helped me understand the testing necessary for safety critical functions and was the basis for my review of the contractor SW Safety Plan. Again, I want to say, this class was outstanding and increased my knowledge base immensely. Thanks.

- Software Safety Training Student

Jerry, Howard, Mike, and Melissa made this course very enjoyable along with being very informative. It has raised my awareness and knowledge of software system safety and provided the drive to learn more about software and software system safety.

- Software System Safety Training Student

Very valuable course. I definitely benefited from the knowledge.

- System Safety Training Student

This is a great course. I wish I’d had it long ago. I was not well prepared by background or training to do the class work, but have a much greater appreciation for system safety now.

- System Safety Training Student

I really enjoyed the class. I will use the skills you taught me in my everyday work. I will be able to contribute more. Thanks.

- System Safety Training Student

This class is excellent – makes me want to do an FTA on everything! 🙂 Can’t think of a single weakness in the material or presentation worth mentioning.

- System Safety Training Student

The exercises really helped me grasp the concepts! Great course!

- System Safety Training Student

Good operational as well as engineering safety perspective.

- System Safety Training Student

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