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Learn the Lifecycle and Mandatory Processes of Automotive ISO26262 Standard

The increasing trend of vehicles embedded with more technological complexity has introduced risks from systematic and random hardware failures. This has led to the development to the ISO 26262 series of standards to address functional safety of electrical and/or electronic systems within road vehicles.

Participants in this course will explore typical functional safety standards, their genesis, their role and their applicability in real-world projects. 

The course lays the foundation for understanding functional safety standards in general and their key concepts, including risk assessment matrices/graphs and safety integrity levels. Focused on the automotive functional safety standard ISO 26262, which is examined in detail, the course delves in the ISO26262 philosophy, build-up and sequence with emphasis on the explanation and interpretation of major parts.

The lectures are accompanied by a running example with exercises, to highlight and support the application of important parts of this standard, including the practical system decomposition, safety functions definition, risk assessment and qualification of safety functions with the respected requirements in terms of Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL).


Course Highlights:

  • Review of System and Functional Safety
  • Overview, philosophy and landscape of safety standards: ISO26262, IEC 61508,  ISO 13849, IEC 62061, and IEC 61511
  • Terms & definitions of the ISO 26262
  • Safety Lifecycle Model of the ISO26262
  • Safety Management according to the ISO26262
  • Concept Phase
  • Technical safety concept and system design
  • Safe Software Development
  • Production and Operation
  • Supporting Processes

Course Benefits:

  • Understand the different safety standards, their hierarchy, philosophy, and application in process, machinery, and automotive industry.
  • Define a functional item on a vehicle level.
  • Perform hazard assessment and risk analysis, establish an ASIL level for an item.
  • Understand and select appropriate work products while performing the tailoring of the ISO26262 lifecycle
  • Be able to select appropriate methods on System, Hardware and Software level

Course Typically Offered: Live Online, Fall, Winter and Spring quarters 

Prerequisites:  Students should have basic engineering knowledge in either one of the following disciplines: electrical engineering, computer engineering, or mechanical engineering. Have completed the Systems, Functions and Safety course or equivalent knowledge.

Next steps:  Upon completion of this course, consider taking other courses in the Functional Safety Fundamentals For Automotive Certificate

More information: Contact to learn more about Functional Safety Fundamentals For Automotive and course offerings.

Schedule for WI23 -- 5 weeks accelerated
Wk1. 3 sessions – Mon-Wed-Fri
Wk2. 4 sessions  -- Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri
Wk3. 3 sessions  -- Mon-Wed-Fri
Wk4. 4 sessions --  Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri
+ 1 session for the exam, Monday wk5

Sessions are from 6 - 7:30 am PST or 3 - 4:30 pm CEST

Course Number: EE-40186
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Functional Safety Fundamentals for Automotive

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