Aerial view of Portsdown Technology Park
This popular five-day residential course is held at Portsdown Technology Park (near Portsmouth) bi-annually in May and October. The course provides an understanding of both the theory and practice of Naval Combat System Engineering. It opens with a serving Royal Naval Engineering Officer explaining naval Combat Systems and how they are used within the Royal Navy.
It covers the theory and practice of Combat Systems as well as considering a number of design constraints such as Warship Vulnerability Reduction, Safety and Human Factors. It also embraces major aspects of the acquisition cycle and emphasises the importance of systems-wide issues now recognised as Defence Lines of Development (DLODs).
Shore Integration Facility
There is a visit to HMS Collingwood a Royal Navy training facility to understand how modern Combat Systems are taught to RN staff, plus tours of the Shore Integration Facility and Maritime Integration Support Centre at Portsdown Technology Park.
The course is delivered by a mixture of serving Royal Naval staff, MoD Civil Servants and industry personnel each of which are recognised as an expert within their field.
There are numerous networking opportunities for the delegates to pursue during the 5 days including evening activities.
To see a resume of topics, please click here.
Who is the course designed for?
The course is aimed primarily at those who already have or are about to join the Naval Combat System domain. Those moving back into Naval Combat Systems with previous experience will also find this course valuable as it will serve to refresh their knowledge and bring it up to date.
No prior knowledge of Naval Combat Systems are required to attend this course, however an appreciation of the maritime domain and Systems Engineering will benefit delegates understanding of the subjects covered. A comprehensive Glossary is provided which explains many of the widely used acronyms within this domain.
The NCSE course has been host to a wide range of delegates in the past from serving RN officers to industry Engineers and Project Managers as well as Graduates.
When is the next Course?
The next NCSE Course will be held the week of 9th – 13th May 2016.
The draft programme can be viewed here.
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail QinetiQAcademy@qinetiq.com or contact the course administrator on 01252 392211 for an application form, the same email address can be used for any inquiries you may have regarding the course.
Feedback from recent courses
"An excellent course, well facilitated, that covered a huge range of elements which need to be considered during Combat System Engineering"
“The variety of topics covered was excellent, it enabled us to view combat systems engineering from all sides.”
“I found the most valuable elements were those that covered aspects of why integration and testing is important. The social element also played a key role in getting the networking going.”
“The course was well run and organised, there has not been an element I have not enjoyed. I will be recommending this course to my colleagues.”
“Overall I thought this was an excellent course with well-structured content. Nigel ran the entire course superbly and provided very good hand-outs and documents. I will certainly be recommending this course to colleagues.”
“The organisation and facilitation from Nigel was superb and he deserves a lot of credit for his hosting of the course.”