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Proficiency Level I: Technical Engineer/Project Team Member
Description of Role/ Responsibility — Performs fundamental and routine project management (PM) and system engineering (SE) activities while supporting a Level II-IV subsystem lead/manager, project/program manager or systems engineer as a member of a project team.
Level of Expertise/Competency to Attain Proficiency Level — Practitioners who demonstrate an awareness and understanding of NASA's systems engineering (SE) and project management (PM) tools, techniques, and lexicon. They have obtained a working knowledge of technical integration, systems engineering, and project management concepts and tools and have performed tasks and activities to support and contribute to a project.
Learning and Development Emphasis — The emphasis is basic awareness of project management and systems engineering principles and practices.
Proficiency Level II: Subsystem Lead/Manager
Description of Role/ Responsibility — Performs PM or SE activities for a subsystem or simple project (e.g. no more than two simple internal/external interfaces, simpler contracting processes, smaller team/ budget, shorter duration).
Level of Expertise/Competency to Attain Proficiency Level — Practitioners who have participated in or led PM activities such as requirements development, budget and schedule development, and risk management and/or will have had sufficient experience and responsibility required to prepare them to lead PM, SE and technical integration activities on a subsystem or small project. They demonstrate the application of PM/SE tools, techniques, and lexicon at the project subsystem level, including use of SE/PM best practices.
Learning and Development Emphasis — Emphasis is on application and participation in project management and systems engineering activities.
Proficiency Level III: Project Manager/Project Systems Engineer
Description of Role/ Responsibility — Performs as a project manager or project systems engineer for a complex project (e.g. several distinct subsystems or other defined services, capabilities, or products and their associated interfaces).
Level of Expertise/Competency to Attain Proficiency Level — Practitioners who have taken a significant leadership role in multiple phases of a project life cycle, managing programmatic and technical aspects and/or managing all technical integration and PM and SE functions for a system or project that would prepare them for a technical leadership role in support of a major system or project. They demonstrate the integration of SE/PM tools, techniques, and best practices across systems at the project level.
Learning and Development Emphasis — Emphasis is on the directing, structuring, and integration activities of project management and systems engineering.
Proficiency Level IV: Program Manager/Program Systems Engineer
Description of Role/ Responsibility — Oersees Project Management or Systems Engineering activities for a program with several systems and/or establishes Project Management and Systems Engineering policies at the Agency or Center level.
Level of Expertise/Competency to Attain Proficiency Level — Practitioners who have contributed to Agency goals and who are effective in managing programmatic, technical, and strategic interactions both internal and external to the Agency. They will have demonstrated superior competencies in all formulation and implementation systems engineering/project management activities.
Learning and Development Emphasis — Emphasis is on strategy and leading, directing, and management of Agency initiatives.