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We offer a variety of learning experiences

On-the-job training may get you through the daily tasks and assignments of your role, but what do you do when that’s not enough? When you participate in one of our learning experiences, we arm you with the tools and skills you need to excel!

Workforce Training

For more information about Workforce Training for CLIO contact Peter Tyson.

This Technical Writing Master Class for CLIO is a hybrid of our Professional Writing Master Class focussing on the skills needed to produce professional, effective, and compelling documents within the NAVAIR environment.

Using CLIO samples and a hypothetical situation based on Peter Tyson’s experience supporting naval aircraft, the master class includes an exercise that shows the students step-by-step how to write an Issue Paper. Additionally, we discuss how to improve our communication via emails, status reports, and presentations. The foundations provided in the course include a touch of necessary grammar, style, punctuation, and technical writing principles, along with a thorough review of Critical Thinking Skills.

In this training, Peter Tyson provides instructor support to teach subject matter experts (SMEs) how to facilitate instructor led training in the classroom and online. A great way to introduce them to the public speaking skills required is Executive Communication Master Class (ECMC), tailored to a classroom facilitator’s needs. CLIO has used ECMC for their prospective instructors and renamed the class Facilitator Training. Other customers have called this specialized ECMC “Train-the-Trainer.”

Sustaining Engineering is one of the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements used by logisticians to provide a robust, all-inclusive sustainment package for deployed military systems. Interestingly, Sustaining Engineering takes more than just logisticians: it involves the efforts of engineers, program managers, analysts, contract specialists, the T&E workforce, and all the other functional disciplines within NAVAIR. Sustaining Engineering must be understood as the foundation for the other 11 IPE Elements.

This 1-day course covers the basics of how a dynamic sustaining engineering feedback loop ensures that the systems are safe, reliable, ready, viable, and relevant, The course reviews the peopleprocesses, and resources that come together to make it all happen.


Workforce Training

For more information about Workforce Training for CTE contact Peter Tyson.

With 20 years working with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) professionals, it is no surprise that Peter’s favorite class to teach is Indoc. This training is for new Flight Test Engineers (FTE) at the Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division (NAWCWD). 

Throughout this 2-day course, Peter teaches participants about the Navy, NAVAIR, and their new and exciting job as an FTE. Then, he covers the fantastic opportunities ahead of them within NAVAIR. Finally, he encourages students about their career choice and service within the organization that he loves, the US Navy!

MH-60R Helicopter with an Arleigh Burke Destroyer

Flight Test Basics, the next course for a new FTE after Indoc, gets deeper into their job at NAWCWD. In this training we cover basic aerodynamics, stability, and control, communications, avionics, and weapons. This gives new employees, who arrive from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences, a taste for naval aviation, aircraft, and the weapons systems they will work with. Throughout this 3-day class, we cover operations within the Navy and Marine Corps aviation fleet. We review operations at NAWCWD airfields (“course rules”) and aviation topics such as weather, safety, and mission systems.

F-35 Lightning II arrested landing at NAS Patuxent River, MD

These are the first two classes that Peter started teaching for NAVAIR as an AVIAN employee.  While still in uniform, he taught at the US Naval Test Pilot School. There he educated pilots, flight officers, and engineers about Flight Test’s physical demands and the necessary cockpit skills. But that also includes the discipline of test planning and test reporting. The Test Plan is a thinking tool whereby the thought process is put in writing for sharing with team members. 

Equally important is reporting: there is no reason to conduct flight tests at NAVAIR except to support acquisition program decisions. That support is provided through well-considered and vetted conclusions and recommendations in written reports.  Test Planning (3 days) and Test Reporting (2.5 days) are what I “cut my teeth on” as a training facilitator. Because of that, they will always be special to me.

MV-22 Osprey takeoff from USS Bonhomme Richard

Workforce Training

For more information about Workforce Training for CPM contact Peter Tyson.

While operating on NAVAIR’s sea range off California’s coast, a target drone struck the USS Chancellor. The incident was caused by many factors coming together at the same time. Among the possible causes: inconsistent and improper documentation, insufficient supervision, poor decision making, and plain incompetence.  That no one was killed in the mishap was a miracle! That we can openly discuss the incident, peel back the layers of organizational dynamics to learn from what happened, and apply those lessons to our teams and operations is a privilege. During the 1-day Case Study, Peter helps participants explore theories and models to explain the incident in a non-attributional, non-accusatory manner.

CG-62 Chancellorsville

Many of the training courses Peter facilitates for NAVAIR concentrate on the traditional milestone-driven major acquisition lifecycle. This 3-day Project Management course focuses on the basic building blocks of large programs. For the large programs’ day-to-day operations, they are executed through smaller discrete projects. These projects produce a study, a report, a product, a process, or a decision. Then, they pass that deliverable to the next project. In this way, projects move programs on the path of achieving overall program goals. 

The Project Management course prepares NAVAIR employees for success in leading a project, from initiation to completion.  Regardless of background and functional areas, they gain critical thinking and risk-based decision making knowledge. Then, they can incorporate those concepts into their project leadership.

The US Congress mandated federal contracting effort to use Small Business Concerns (SBC) to the greatest extent possible.  This 1-day Small Business for Integrated Program Team Leads (IPTLs) helps NAVAIR meet that mandate. This course provides awareness of the small business program’s intent, goals, and objectives within DoD, DON, and NAVAIR. This course then gives the IPTL knowledge of the terms, concepts, and methods to incorporate SBC into their acquisition strategy. Finally, we cover the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

This is one of our newer training offerings and has a great future! Although it’s called Stakeholder “Management”, this training focuses more on Stakeholder “engagement”. It is all about Communication! During this 1-day course, Peter teaches participants how to Anchor, Identify, Develop, Implement, and Review. These five words are taken from a pilot’s approach to navigating ever-changing circumstances. First, we anchor our project/program in the bigger picture and identify our stakeholders. Then, through stakeholder analysis, we develop our communication (engagement) plan. This is implemented and continually reviewed to adjust and fine-tune as necessary.

Stakeholder Engagement means Communication with Purpose!

Part of successfully implementing increased use of Small Businesses in acquisition requires knowledge of what they have to offer. In this 1/2 day class, Peter helps NAVAIR program managers and analysts understand how to fulfill the contracting process market research requirements. Each contract effort is unique, and the answer often is “it depends.” However, we still need a basic understanding of the tools and methods to complete the task. A large portion of this training is spent with a demonstration of websites and tools used for online research.

Logistics is a military science discipline of ensuring that the right equipment, processes, and people are ready to do the mission they are assigned on time. During the 1-day Logistics for IPTLs class, Peter covers the 12 Integrated Product Support (IPS) Elements in the military logistician’s toolbox. The IPT Lead can then understand how best to help their team’s logisticians do their job successfully. Additionally, the IPT Lead learns what they need to know about their Logistician’s interaction with requirements, resources, risks, issues, and opportunities during the development, design, deployment, sustainment, and disposal of military weapons systems.

Aircraft Maintenance – Tip of the Logistics Spear!

Test & Evaluation is in Peter’s comfort zone, so it is only natural that he would help introduce others to it. This 1-day T&E for IPTLs course gives team leaders a view of the testing continuum throughout system acquisition and into operations & sustainment. Throughout this training Peter guides participants through the fundamentals of Developmental Testing with examples, stories, and illustrations of the challenges they may face.

After explaining the need for evaluation to develop systems that meet the Warfighter’s mission requirements, participant’s will walk through an acquisition life -cycle to see how T&E does this. Through this discussion, they appreciate the essential naval aviation performance feedback mechanism: Flight Test!

Cover of the book, Flight Test: The Discipline

Flight Test: The Discipline by Peter Tyson

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