Human Systems Integration and SAE6906 C1941

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

This course introduces Human Systems Integration (HSI) and the new SAE International HSI best practice standard (SAE6906). DoD and other customers currently require HSI program plans in accordance with Department of Defense Data Item Description (DID) DI-HFAC-81743A. It is assumed that, for future system acquisition programs, customers (especially DoD) will require establishment and execution of a Human Systems Integration Program in compliance with SAE Systems Management Standard SAE6906. This course will assist students with planning and executing HSI program that are consistent with the DoD DID and SAE Standard 6906.  It provides an overview and description of HSI and its seven domains, and walks the student through the HSI program planning process. This course will facilitate development and tailoring of HSI program Plans, coordination of HSI plans and activities with other program disciplines, execution of HSI programs, documentation and progress reporting. Five exercises are included to provide experience with HSI program planning, organizing an HSI program plan, establishing an HSI Working Group, involving end-user-personnel in HSI activities, and ensuring effective Domain support to HSI.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Discriminate Human Systems Integration (HSI) from Human Factors Engineering (HFE)
  • Define HSI program requirements, scope, goals, structure, activities, plans, and budgets
  • Define responsibilities, composition and other characteristics of an HSI Working Group
  • Define HSI Domain support requirements
  • Author an HSI Program Plan for a major system acquisition project that complies with SAE Systems Management Standard SAE6906TM and DI-HFAC-81743A.

Who Should Attend

Contractor personnel and HIS specialists across the defense industry (including, ground vehicles, aerospace, intelligence, marine systems, etc.) charged with planning and/or executing HSI programs would benefit from this course.  After completing training, students should be able to plan, coordinate, budget, and document HSI programs that are fully compliant with customer HSI requirements. 


Minimum Education needed: Bachelor’s degree in engineering, human factors/psychology or related fields.

Basic familiarity with human factors, human systems integration, manpower and personnel analysis, training, safety and occupational health, force protection and survivability or habitability.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.


  • HSI: What it is and What it isn’t
    •  Background and Introduction
    •  HSI Program Planning (Activities, Resources, Coordination)
    •  HSI Program Execution (Activities, Coordination, Documentation)
    •  HSI Domains / Activities
  • SAE Systems Management Standard SAE6906TM
    • HSI Program Initiation and Planning
    • HSI Activities (Analysis, Design Support, Requirement Compliance, Production/Operations/Sustainment activities, Subcontracting, Progress/Quality Reporting)
  • SAE Standards Related to HSI – In Development
Summary / Take-away 
Steve Merriman
Steve Merriman has over 50 years of experience as a practitioner of human factors engineering (HFE), crew station integration, user interface design, training system design, and human systems integration (HSI). Steve supported NASA on the Space Shuttle Challenger investigation; US Army on manned ground combat vehicles, unmanned air and ground vehicles; and the US Navy/USMC on 50 military aircraft. From 1987 through 2015, he served in a variety of technical and leadership positions with The Boeing Company, in St. Louis, MO and Dallas, TX. From 1967 until 1987, he held systems acquisition and R&D positions with the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Development Center, DOD Training and Performance Data Center and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Steve is an active member of several technical societies and government-industry associations. He is a Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association Associate Fellow and a Boeing Associate Technical Fellow (retired). He is also a past member of the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (2015-2018) and National Academies of Sciences and Engineering panels (2015-2016). He previously chaired the SAE G-45 HSI Committee and currently supports the committee as a technical advisor. Steve has both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in psychology.
Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Fees: $649.00

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