Huntsville, AL Workforce training program created to address today’s digital engineering gap areas in aerospace and defense development.

IDEA, a non-profit national collaborative center supporting Digital Engineering Education and Workforce Development, is taking the next steps in fulfilling its challenge of accelerating the supply of a competent engineering technical workforce. This workforce will have the needed skills to meet the demand for employees capable of building, manipulating and exploiting Model-based System Engineering (MBSE) in the needed Systems Modeling Language (SysML) format.

IDEA in partnership with Calhoun Community College, Auburn University and Victory Solutions offers education and training solutions in Digital Engineering featuring:

• Associates Degree in Systems Engineering Technology (SET)

• Professional and Certificate Programs

• Professional Training Programs

• University Level Electives and Certificates

• Internships and Apprenticeships

These solutions are made possible through funding under the Department of Defense Industrial Base Analysis and Sustainment (IBAS) Program for the continuation of the SET program development and application project including the pathfinder degree at Calhoun Community College. SET creates a new skillset of capable engineering technicians that will enable and accelerate the incorporation of digital engineering into the workplace. The SET curriculum has been developed to align with employers’ needs for workers skilled in emerging systems engineering technologies without requiring a four-year degree.

“We are confident that as the program matures throughout Alabama and our outreach expands to other states, we will see big gains toward filling the talent pipeline with a workforce that possesses more in-demand, hands-on experience with system modeling expertise,” said IDEA Executive Director and SET program Manager, Mr. Chris Crumbly.

Moving forward, the SET program continues to explore opportunities to expand its systems engineering technician curriculum to other schools across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Project leaders are in conversations with stakeholders in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia for potential expansion. IDEA is also working towards a Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program for SET. These next steps forward require support from industry and community to sponsor IDEA education nodes near MBE/MBSE centers of excellence, to sponsor interns and apprenticeships and to employ SET graduates.

For more information on IDEA and SET curriculum please contact Chris Crumbly, IDEA Executive Director and SET Program Manager at www.idea-set.org or by email at chris.crumbly@idea-set.org.

Small Victories in conjunction with VictoryVets, Victory Solutions' veterans employee resource group, made a donation to the Decatur VFW 4190 for Homeless Veterans. John Ryan, Victory Solutions Chief Operating Officer, presents the donation to Ms. Jeanie Ryan, Commander VFW 4190 for Homeless Veterans. The VFW's Homeless Veterans Initiative strengthens programs that prevent and end homelessness among veterans offering a range of services to homeless vets including providing coats, clothing and shoes, food and shelter. #veterans #vfw #communityservice

Victory Solutions is proud to announce the establishment of VictoryVets, a new Employee Resource Group with a focus on veterans which make up over 18% of the Victory Solutions workforce. VictoryVets is open to all employees and will focus on career development, mentoring, recruitment and community support efforts. VictoryVets is led by John Ryan, our Victory Solutions Chief Operating Officer (COO) and former Army soldier.

Victory Solutions is proud to be considered a top contender for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce's Best Places to Work 2021 Competition! The Victory Solutions Team is truly amazing! 


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https://hsvchamber.org/2021-best-places-to-work-contender-list/

Huntsville, AL — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded the Consolidated Program Support Services (CPSS) Configuration and Data Management (CDM) contract to Victory Solutions Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, to provide CDM services at 10 NASA Centers including Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center.

As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) and Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Victory Solutions is a multiple award-winning company specializing in building relationships with defense and commercial customers to develop, analyze, and integrate advanced aerospace systems. With this contract's award, the potential mission services value is $96.5 million and a maximum potential IDIQ value of $169 million over eight years.

"Victory Solutions is pleased to receive this latest contract as we work to provide solutions to the complex, and ever-changing, problems across the aerospace, defense, and technical engineering industries. This award is not only a reflection of the capabilities of our advanced teams, but also a reflection of our commitment to developing the skills of our employees, building effective teams, and forging partnerships with our customers to identify and solve their problems." - Kris McGuire, Founder/CEO, Victory Solutions.

Victory Solutions will be responsible for providing configuration and data management support to include planning, coordination, technical management, execution, and surveillance for programs, projects, and organizations with directorates and offices that exercise responsibility for their hardware and software products.

For more information, please contact David Alan Smith at davidalan.smith@v-s-inc.com.

From left, Victory Solutions Vice President David Alan Smith, CEO Kris McGuire, and IDEA Executive Director Chris Crumbly worked to establish the Systems Engineering Technology Program utilizing an award from the U.S. Department of Defense.

From left, Victory Solutions Vice President David Alan Smith, CEO Kris McGuire, and IDEA Executive Director Chris Crumbly worked to establish the Systems Engineering Technology Program utilizing an award from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Victory Solutions has partnered with Auburn University, Calhoun Community College, and the newly created Institute for Digital Engineering Advancement (IDEA) to utilize a $500,000 award from the Department of Defense to develop a digital engineering curriculum to educate the next generation of systems engineering technicians. The award represents year one of a five-year grant totaling $9.9 million.

Development and implementation of the Systems Engineering Technician Program, SET, has been in work for several years. In 2016 Victory Solutions Chief Executive Officer, Kristine McGuire, was appointed by Congressman Aderholt (AL 4th District) to the Board of the Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) with the mandate to identify educational opportunities in support of TVC regional goals. Through Victory’s Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) support to the Missile Defense Agency and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, our team identified a critical US industrial base skill gap: a readily available workforce of digital modelers trained to support systems engineers. This led to the concept of a 2-year degree in Systems Engineering Technology (SET) which will appeal to graduating high school students and career transitioning professionals including returning veterans (McGuire is a disabled veteran herself).

The nonprofit IDEA will be the central hub for the SET initiative. Overall implementation will be led by Auburn Engineering associate professor Greg Harris and assistant professor Greg Purdy, both of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; James Payne, dean for Business and Computer Information Systems at Calhoun Community College; David Alan Smith, senior vice president of Victory Solutions; and Chris Crumbly, executive director of IDEA.

“Our SET curriculum will prepare a workforce of systems engineers equipped with the digital engineering skills necessary to enable future U.S. technology development,” Harris said. “Systems are much more complex today and there is a great demand for systems engineers from organizations such as the Department of Defense, NASA and the Department of Energy. The SET program will address this demand and establish a workforce pipeline to enable trained systems engineers to make an impact.”

The SET curriculum will feature a strong focus on exposure to various industries with a need for systems engineers and will emphasize internship opportunities for program participants to gain hands-on experience. “It’s imperative, on both economic and national security grounds, that we identify and achieve efficiency gains in our engineering and product development processes,” Payne said. “People looking to start a technical career in the Huntsville area will find this program to be a promising addition to the opportunities Calhoun already offers. We look forward to building this program from the ground up and establishing it as a nationwide standard.”

Students in the program will have direct access to prominent companies in the aerospace and manufacturing industry in the form of guest lecturers and other involvement coordinated by Victory Solutions. We are working to establish SET internships to provide students with real-world experience while offering our government and industry partners insight to SET capabilities as well as the opportunity to fine tune the SET curriculum over time”, Smith said.

Ultimately, the vision of the researchers and industry partners involved in bringing the SET program to fruition is to provide a national collaborative center in the form of the nonprofit IDEA, where best practices and solutions in digital engineering and manufacturing will be identified, shared and recommended. “IDEA will introduce the SET concept to community college systems across the nation and remain as a subject matter expert to support education and connect organizations with experts, graduates and interns,” Crumbly said.

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Victory Solutions is excited to be on the Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, team in the development of the NASA Human Landing System (HLS).  We are honored to be part of such an impressive team of experienced small and mid-sized companies with an exceptional range of experience in NASA, DoD and Commercial space programs.  We look forward to participating in this team’s historic unique, technologically advanced, and robust HLS concept.  Our team’s experience and knowledge of aerospace systems development allows this team to provide our nation with the next American landing on the surface of the Moon in 2024 and continue our legacy of Space Exploration leadership and discovery.

For additional resources such as an imagery, animation, the fact sheet and the infographic, please click the links below.

https://www.dynetics.com/newsroom/

https://www.dynetics.com/newsroom/news/2020/dynetics-to-develop-nasas-artemis-human-lunar-landing-system

https://www.dynetics.com/space-solutions/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFBeVQ3STZ0

 

Pictured: Todd May, Director of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Dr. Steven Leah, President of Auburn University, sign the agreement for the National Center for Additive Manufacturing on July 23rd.

Pictured: Todd May, Director of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and Dr. Steven Leah, President of Auburn University, sign the agreement for the National Center for Additive Manufacturing on July 23rd.

Victory Solutions CEO Kris McGuire attended the unveiling of ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence at Auburn University on July 23, 2018. The unveiling announced ASTM’s partnerships with Auburn University, NASA applied technology developer EWI and the U.K. based Manufacturing Technology Centre. This center, at the ground-floor of additive manufacturing development in the state of Alabama, has great potential to influence industries world-wide. The broad application of additive manufacturing and the industrial footprint of 3D printing is expanding every day in a variety of industries. Through the use of new ASTM testing standards, a rigorous and repeatable method of validating the performance of components in history assemblies can be achieved. As an initial supporter of this endeavor, Victory Solutions hopes to help Auburn collaborate with ASTM’s new center to fill gaps in technical standards that industry needs to best apply additive manufacturing to aerospace, auto and medical industries.