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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Application of Human Factors Engineering to the Life Cycle Management of Aeronautical Products and Systems *New Course*

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Course Schedule

April 25-28, 2017, Seattle, Washington

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You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


This introductory course will provide attendees with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to successfully apply Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and Human System Integration (HSI) to their daily work. Attendees will attain familiarity with and trust in HFE/HSI principles and practices to consider and implement at their workplace. This understanding will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills to inject HFE/HSI at an early stage in the lifecycle of their aeronautical products and systems. Doing so will produce a safer, user-centered product that can lower the cost of the product over the entire course of its lifecycle.

Includes instruction, course materials, refreshments and lunches. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.


  • Characteristics and capabilities of aircrew and how they are affected by the technical aircraft systems with which they work
  • How the application of HFE and HSI considerations to aeronautical product and system design and modification contributes to safe operation
  • How to consider and apply HFE and HSI principles and practices in aviation design, modification or maintenance duties
  • How to consider and apply HFE in a systems integration approach to aeronautical product and system design and modification
  • How to apply Human Factors requirements traceability to aeronautical product and system design and modifications
  • The cost-savings to aeronautical product and system or airworthiness projects through the early injection of HFE and HSI

Who Should Attend?

Aeronautical product designers, aeronautical system specialist engineers, aviation system safety specialists, aircraft occupant safety specialists, aircraft maintenance personnel, aircrew and aircraft maintenance trainers and airworthiness program managers.

Times / CEUs

28.00 classroom hours
2.800 CEUs

Certificate Track

Aircraft Maintenance and Safety

Learning Objectives

  • Understand Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and Human System Integration (HSI);
  • Analyze and apply HFE airworthiness standards
  • Evaluate and assess the usability and utility of aeronautical products
  • Understand the HFE aspects of aircraft displays and aircraft controls
  • Analyze anthropometrics and how it applies to integrating aircraft technical systems and the human
  • Assess aircraft display graphical user interfaces
  • Understand the HFE aspects of aircraft auditory displays
  • Assess the aircraft cockpit for reach, vision and accommodation

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to Instructor
  • User-centered design
  • Human factors engineering and human system integration
  • HFE Standards, applied to aeronautical systems
  • Applying human engineering in system design of aeronautical products

Day 2

  • Technical requirements to operator requirements
  • Usability and utility of flightdeck displays and controls
  • HFE considerations for aircraft controls
  • Flightcrew alerting
  • HFE considerations for flightdeck visual displays

Day 3

  • Flightdeck auditory signals and alarms
  • Aircrew workload and situation awareness
  • Measurement of aircrew workload and situation awareness
  • Introduction to anthropometrics
  • Application of anthropometrics to aeronautical products

Day 4

  • Application of anthropometrics to aeronautical products
  • Assessing flightdeck and cabin for reach, vision and accommodation
  • HFE of aircraft training
  • HFE system integration in aircraft design and modification
  • Course material review/student feedback

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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