Student Reviews

This course (PCB Fundamentals) helped me fill many knowledge gaps. I never knew the details of the whole PCB design process. This was never taught at my University, and I had to learn about the PCB process by myself. The course helped me understand each step of the process in a detailed manner. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the instructor was outstanding and was available to answer all of my questions and concerns. I hope to take other courses in the near future.

Rafael Diaz - EE, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

The material (PCB Fundamentals) was a very good and detailed overview of the entire PCB process. Good resource of information for beginners as this information isn't really written down all in one place... until now. The practical, real life examples are always good. A lot of details. It's all about the details. Wish I had this 16 years ago when I started.

Sr. Printed Circuit Board Designer - MSA Innovation, LLC

Erich was an incredible and knowledgeable instructor for the Altium Designer Boot Camp. He did a great job of keeping us engaged and developing a lesson plan which showed us how to develop a PCB project from beginning to end. Even though there were different levels of Altium experience within the students, Erich did an excellent job of tailoring the class on the fly for each of us.

Christian Setiawan, Electronic Engineer, Spectra-Physics

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.

The course (PCB Fundamentals) gave me an overview of the entire PCB manufacturing and design cycle and good practices to follow at each step. Without this course, I think I would be like an architect who has never seen a construction site and would make crazy, unreasonable demands.

Yuji Iwai, Applications Engineer - Hamamatsu Corporation

Nine Dots Connects is a unique collection of Altium User Experts. They provide the rarest combination of electronic design theory & practice, printed circuit board design theory and practice with the art & practice of efficiently teaching others. They have an understanding of the application of the Altium tool set that is second to none. After 35 years of private consulting, they are my "Go To" place for all things Altium.

John Painter - Lead Engineer, CyberESI

Thanks for an awesome private training on PCB layout this week. I learned a ton. Now that I’m back, I think I have to pretty much trash a layout that I was working on. I basically designed an un-buildable board. It’s not ALL bad though. I am happy with my component placement and I have a pretty good sense for how routing has to flow for the design.

Mike Frank, Sr. Electrical Engineer

Nine Dot Connects 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 the instructor’s industry knowledge and expertise in PCB design was the key to this success.

Scot Shermer, Senior Engineer - GE Oil & Gas

We had three days of some of the best training I can remember in my career. The instructor 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

“The instructor explained the subject very well. His pace was smooth even when stopping to discuss historical PCB issues shared among the students. He hit all the marks when it came to preventing PCB respins - make sure to have requirements and specification nailed down. Seeing the actual PCB manufacturing process was golden. I was very happy to learn about advancements in PCB fabrication - why so many layers, backdrilling, via in pad, microvias. Thank you Roy, and Nine Dot Connects for a great experience."

Jason Zeman - Electronics Engineer, PdMA Corporation

"The PCB Fundamentals class was great for me as an experienced EE, but without experience in PCB design & fabrication. I would recommend the class to anyone interested in learning more about the details of how PCBs are made and the process for getting [that circuit] onto a PCB. Do not be intimidated by the technology, the instructor and this class will educate you no matter your current familiarity with PCB design."

G. Brandon Jordan - Altria Client Services, Staff Engineer

“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.

"Nine Dot Connects' instructor 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 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

“Nine Dot Connects' instructor provided an onsite 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)

“I’ve attended the Nine Dot Connects webinars and training covering PCB Fundamentals, High Speed Design, DFM, and Altium Library Management. All have proven to be useful and informative, and well worth the time spent.”

William Letendre - EE, Airmar Technology Corp.