Onsite Training



Why travel when we can come to you!




Let’s face it – training, while it has a very positive long term impact, is an investment in time and money in the short term. In most cases, a significant cost of training is travel expense. It is not often that a training of interest happens to be in your local area. Travel costs such as airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rentals, and meals can run well over $2000 per person per week. Travel also takes a bite out of productivity due to the downtime when traveling. There is a limited amount of productivity one can expect when traveling or after a long day of sitting in a training session.

The issue becomes more complex when an entire group of designers and engineers needs training. Do you do send all of them all at once to ramp up their skills while dropping productivity to zero? Do you send them out in a piecemeal fashion in the hopes that the training will be provided again in the near future? Can you clear their schedules so that they can take an on-line course without having the training derailed with e-mails, phone calls, visitors, and other distractions of the office? Is the public training covering topics that are relevant to the company's needs?


“ ... 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.



At Nine Dot Connects, we teach where there’s a need. We are not tethered to any for-hire computer classrooms because we own and use our equipment to deliver our training. Therefore, when it comes to onsite training, we can provide you and your company the same quality training that we provide in a public in-class or online setting.

We can work with you to select an optimal schedule that fits your needs. With our flexibility, we can train directly onsite in your facility, or at any available outside facility local to you.

Our instructors are a team of senior electrical engineers who have been conducting ECAD training for many years, and they also have a hands-on experience with product development where they were responsible for the design of working PCBs. In fact, across our team, we have taught over 500 EDA related courses in our accumulative careers.


“Nine Dot Connects trainer, Dan Goddard, 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...”
John Tarmas - Electronics Engineer, Department of the Navy


Here is the recap of the benefits of having your very own on-site training:

  • Set your own schedule and location
  • Pay lower cost (quantity discount and no travel cost)
  • Keep company design matters confidential (no outsiders)
  • Able to customize agenda (Refer to our “Mix and Match” program)
  • Access instructor time for consulting service (e.g. template, rule setup)
  • Promote teaming and collaboration

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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



Dan Goddard 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



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


“Dan 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 Dan, 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.



"Chip Pierce 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 Goddard, 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 Goddard 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)