EDA Tool Coaching
Post Altium Designer Training Completion
Congratulations! After a week of instruction and exercises, you are now an expert! Right?
We understand that a class of this nature is much like drinking from a fire hydrant. Time lags between training and projects will erode this knowledge, and questions that you may tangle with that were not discussed are expected. In short, there is still a learning curve to traverse.
We certainly wish to remind you that Altium provides several ways to assist you. The Altium forums has a robust history. Altium is continually improving their technical documents and their videos. Don’t forget to search both the bug crunch and feature request forums. These 2 areas can show you if other are having similar issues in addition to possible work arounds. And of course, when all else fails, take advantage of your support contract by calling Altium support.
Even with all of the help options listed above, the whole design flow may still be murky. Learning Altium Designer is not about individual features and functions, it about the entire methodology of PCB design. Some features are scattered throughout the tool. Some features have an impact on primitives and other functions.
Nine Dot connects offers a coaching package. “Coaching” is a service provided for those companies that need guidance in a particular aspect of work flow or tool capability. Coaching fills the need between formal training and impromptu support. Many customers have used coaching to better explore and understand tool features or to gain guidance through the design of a PCB. While coaching offerings are similar to Nine Dot Connects' consulting services its focus is on tools and work flow, whereas, consulting is targeted to provide for design related assistance.
Coaching is provided via the purchase of a block of hours. The minimal block is 15 hours, with 10 hours of screen time and 5 hours for any research between sessions. The onscreen hours are performed through GoToMeeting sessions and are a minimum of 2 hours. The session times are arranged with the instructor. The coaching block of hours is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. Larger blocks are also available, though for most companies, 15 hours tends to fit their needs.
As a result of completing this class, we are offering our students opportunities to get further help and guidance from our company’s experts in Altium Designer.