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Participate in the ESA Academy’s Product Assurance Awareness training course 2019

25/02/2019 2388 views 7 likes
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Following the success of the two first editions of the ESA Academy’s Product Assurance Awareness Training Course, ESA’s Education Office is happy to announce a new edition, which will take place between 4 - 7 June 2019 at ESEC-Galaxia in Transinne, Belgium.  

This course was developed in collaboration with ESA’sProduct Assurance and Safety Department  and will equip 30 University students with knowledge in Product Assurance (PA). Experts will teach them how this knowledge is implemented in a space project not only in ESA but also in the space business. 

PA engineers are a crucial part of mission operations. They are responsible for ensuring that materials, mechanical parts, processes, and electrical components used in spacecraft and launchers are fit for their purpose over the entire lifetime of the mission. 

Students working on an exercise with a trainer
Students working on an exercise with a trainer

Given the nature and importance of this role, ESA’s PA engineers are required to have a different mentality than the other team members. While “thinking outside the box” is a cliché for some people, it is absolutely essential for PA engineers. These engineers need exceptionally high levels of perception, forethought, and imagination to anticipate problems and pre-emptively save missions from failure.  

This upcoming PAA Training Course is designed to attract the next generation of specialists needed to fulfil these vital positions. Run by ESA’s current PA managers and discipline experts, it will allow the students to discover, through interactive lectures, how PA is an integral part of engineering activities, playing a role in the development, design, test philosophy, building, and operation of systems. The trainers will also instil in students the unique ethos at the heart of every successful PA engineer.  

Preliminary Schedule of the course:

Day 1 Introduction
Overall context of Space Projects
Setting the Scene
Day 2 Quality Management and Assurance
Dependability and Safety
Day 3 Software Product Assurance
EEE Components
Day 4 Materials & Processes
PA in Space Business

Upon completion of the training course, students will be evaluated via an online questionnaire and will receive a certificate of participation and a course transcript, allowing them to claim ECTS credit(s) from their respective universities.

Who can apply?

In order to participate, students must fulfil the following criteria at the time of application: 

  • be aged between 18 and 32;
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia;
  • be enrolled as a full-time MSc (BSc completed) or PhD student in a university (not graduating before the training course);
  • be studying an engineering subject.

Exception could be made for students enrolled in a scientific degree with a minimum engineering knowledge and a clear interest in the management and implementation aspects of space projects. 

The selected students will be sponsored by ESA. The sponsorship will cover accommodation and meals as well as up to 200 Euros for travelling to Belgium. 

How to apply: 

  • Fill in the application form;
  • Upload a motivation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, no images);
  • Upload a CV (Europass format, PDF, maximum 2 pages);
  • Upload a formal recommendation letter (PDF, maximum 1 page, including signature, no images) from a university professor or academic supervisor of current university;
  • Upload a copy of academic records (PDF, in English, with the university stamp).

All answers and documents should be in English (except academic records if not available). 

The deadline for applications is 25 April 2019 23:59pm CEST.

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