Customized Training - 2 to 5 Days

Throughout our careers and here at Nine Dot Connects, we have delivered over 500 training courses in PCB and ECAD courses. Some of these we developed; others from our prior experiences at other companies. As a result we have detected trends and needs that are so obvious, that they are not obvious.

  • In particular, there is no reason to be tethered to a room full of desktop computers. That is why we purchased our own traveling equipment, allowing us to hold a training where it is best suited for our customers.
  • In addition, we have found that for many customers, training is much like jamming a square peg in a round hole. Beyond introduction trainings to tool sets, finding trainings that meet the needs of the design team are difficult. Is it worth sending a group of designers to training in which only 75% of it applicable? What about topics of keen interest that are not covered?
  • On top of all of this there is a gamble. Are you willing to take a schedule or cost center hit in the hopes that the training will yield fruit? Unfortunately, there’s a cost for travel and these a cost for the schedule hit.

Though we offer coaching and consulting services, the focus is on specific needs of a tool or process or project. Therefore, we realize that some clients may have some specific training needs that just aren't going to get adequately addressed even with our various course offerings. This is especially true when it comes to tool flow, cabling, libraries, and process flow.

This is exactly the reason why we offer a customized onsite training, that can be customized to meet the needs of your organization.

For Mix and Match

Consider this Scenario:

Your organization just switched from a tool such as OrCAD, Eagle CAD, or PADS to Altium Designer within last year or two and your group has produced several PCB projects. However, you feel like you are missing out on efficiency and productivity due to lack of in depth tool knowledge. Or you may have experienced several respins due to a lack of tool experience and expertise.

You have reviewed the agendas for the Boot Camp and Spec Ops Altium Designer classes, but are frustrated by the fact that each training contains lessons of great interest, but also contain lessons that are of little interest.

With Nine Dot Connect’s “mix and match,” you can select modules from both syllabuses to assembly a 3 to 5-day training that meets your group’s needs. With our experience, we can assist you in determining what modules and topics would be best suited for your needs in the time frame you are interested in. And remember, this is done on your site!

For Topics that Aren't Covered in Courses

Consider this Scenario:

You feel that your group is fairly experienced in using Altium Designer. Like most designers, the path well-worn is the safe path to take. But, what about those features that you know exist, yet aren't being used because of the time investment in learning them? Or what about those features that you may not even be aware of such as SI (signal integrity) analysis, the SPICE simulator, collaborative PCB, auto routing, back drill, wiring/cable drawing, etc.?

By using our Spec Ops course as the basis, we can customize training by adding some of these features that you desire to master on top of the existing syllabus. Conversely, we can also trim the number of training days by removing some modules that you are already familiar with. And remember, this is done on your site!

For Best Practice and Maximizing Reuse Concept

Consider this Scenario:

You have been developing products for years and your team has grown in numbers too. You have been hearing much about how productivity can increase and reduce board respins with the well-organized library, re-use of proven circuits, standardized templates and Bill of Material (BOM), etc. You have wondered what might be considered as the “best practice” when it comes to using a tool like Altium Designer and its vast number of features and options.

Our trainers are intimately knowledgeable not only with the tool but also understand what an EE or PCB designer has to face in his or her daily activity. Our trainers can assist you and your organization in coming up with a standard template, BOM, Outjob configuration, etc. They can review your component library situation and recommend an optimal setup. They can also provide insight into the “best practices” in using Altium Designer that is suitable for your company. This can training can be combined with materials from not only the Altium Boot Camp and Spec Ops classes, workflow related topics of interest can also be extracted from our PCB Fundamentals course. And remember, this is done on your site!

More Information

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

"Nine Dot Connects provided the Altium Designer Boot Camp private onsite training. The instructor was successful at keeping the entire class engaged and while working through the exercises he worked with us on an individual basis. I thoroughly enjoyed this training class. One of the best classes I have ever attended. My goal for attending the class was to be able to understand how everything fits together and have the ability to incorporate part changes as the product matures. I feel I have a good understanding of the material as it relates to my job function."

Configuration Manager - Harris Corporation

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

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

“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)