Course Overview



SOLIDWORKS PCB Boot Camp - 3 Days






Boot Camp for SOLIDWORKS PCB is a comprehensive course that will bring you up to speed on all essential aspects of the SOLIDWORKS PCB software. The target audience for this course is wide ranging:

  • Electrical engineers with little PCB tool experience
  • Electrical engineers and designers whose organizations prefer to stay under the SOLIDWORKS banner
  • Altium Designer users who are considering SOLIDWORKS PCB as an alternative
  • Mechanical Engineers or SOLIDWORKS Premium users who occasionally need to do PCB design
  • Electrical or mechanical engineers who wish to become mechatronics engineers

A real-life design example is used throughout the class to help you see the complete design process from inception to complete fabrication, assembly files and drawings. Design files are supplied along with the training manual (326 pages), and consist of a PCB outline and a simple set of schematics. The class is taught by well seasoned Altium Designer instructors who are familiar with both tool sets.

“Chip was an outstanding instructor. Deep understanding of and experience with the material, and ability to tailor the course to the skill level of the class made it an enjoyable 3 days ...”
Michael Rodzinski - Mechanical Test Systems Engineer, Tesla Motors, Inc.



The course is 3 full days. By conclusion of the third day, you will have experience with all the editors and many of the powerful features within SOLIDWORKS PCB. Most importantly, you will become well acquainted with the software and aware of its many capabilities and possibilities it brings to your organization.

  • Day 1 - Environment
  • Day 2 - Schematic
  • Day 3 - Printed Circuit Board

Cost: $2,750 (in-class); $2,250 (interactive, instructor-led online)



3-Day Course Agenda
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"We had three days of some of the best training I can remember in my career. Chip handled all questions and maintained a formidable pace that covered a lot of territory and yet made sure no one got left behind. I have received a number of positive comments from the attendees. Things like “I wish I had had this training 3 years ago!” or “spent days trying to figure this out and it can be done on just a few clicks!” All in all it was a very valuable experience."

Jeffrey Milsap, P.E. - Medical Device Electrical Engineer, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals



"We first worked with Nine Dot Connects via their Altium Designer Boot Camp course. This course was both informative and practical. The instructor gave us a lot of advice that only a seasoned veteran of PCB design and Altium could provide. We also contracted with Nine Dot Connects for PCB layout services. The work was done very quickly and with high quality. I can wholeheartedly recommend them for both design and layout. Thanks to their services we have been able to keep our project on schedule."

Timothy Benson - EE, Xylem Inc.



"Dan performed training for 5 people for three days at our facility, and it was absolutely worth it. By the end of the third day, all persons under training were capable of taking a design from a sketch to a PCB layout. The training was absolutely worth every penny, and Dan’s industry knowledge and expertise in PCB design was the key to this success."

Scot Shermer, Senior Engineer - GE Oil & Gas



“The combination of a structured training course and flexible coaching hours for diving into detail questions has greatly increased the value we extract from Altium Designer. Nine Dot Connects gives us the experience of having an in-house Altium expert to bounce questions off, but at a much lower cost than trying to hire someone with this experience.”

Colin O'Flynn - CTO, NewAE Technology Inc.



"Taking a design from a start to end in the proper order. I took this course from (another provider) a couple of years ago. (it was) taught out of sequence - didn't get around to talking about library parts until day 3. Complete waste of time. Your course was far more valuable."

Ken Gott - Development Engineer, Sciton Inc.



"Chip was an outstanding instructor. Deep understanding of and experience with the material, and ability to tailor the course to the skill level of the class made it an enjoyable 3 days. The flow of course material was logical and easy to follow, building on the lessons and days before.

Michael Rodzinski - Mechanical Test Systems Engineer, Tesla Motors, Inc.



“Nine Dot Connects trainer, Dan, is the best software instructor that I have seen in my 30 year engineering career. I have never seen an instructor so familiar with every feature of such a complex software product like Altium Designer. His extensive experience in using the software for numerous PCB designs allows him to impart extremely practical knowledge upon the trainees related to pitfalls encountered while using the software. There was no question that Dan could not answer. Outstanding course!”

John Tarmas - Electronics Engineer, Department of the Navy



“Dan taught a 3-day Altium class in Jacksonville from 9/6 to 9/8. He did an excellent job. I have not had such a good training class in long time. I had to leave before he finished the PCB routing section, so I did not get to say thanks for a job well done.”

Robert Loe, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE)