Course Overview



Fundamentals - PCB Design - 3 Days




Here at Nine dot connects there has been a nagging feeling that for most of our customers and fans the art of PCB design has been learned as an informal, ad hoc process. Most of the training through articles, EDA tool training, conversations, and for the most part, the trials and tribulations of experience. While getting educated in the "school of hard knocks" is good, you don't want to get a Master's Degree in it!

It is our conviction that the PCB plays a critical role in the success or failure of any electronic design, especially in today's demanding electronic systems. Unfortunately, the knowledge that has been gained throughout the years by people who have grown up with this industry is not being broadly disseminated. So, we felt it was up to us to address this shortfall. After all, it's what we do!

Watch the brief video on the highlights of this course.

 


“ ... 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 ...”
Jason Zeman, Electronics Engineer, PdMA Corporation



We created this PCB fundamentals course from scratch by extracting the knowledge and experience of our senior staff and putting together a training with all the trimmings - Lecture from one of our experienced instructors, exercises to re-enforce the learning, and a comprehensive reference guide to use long after the training has come and gone. This training has been developed as a 3-day course:

  • Day 1 – Manufacturing, Assembly, Specification, and Designing for Test and Manufacturing (DFx)
  • Day 2 – Libraries, Symbols, Footprints, Schematic Capture and Design Transfer
  • Day 3 – PCB Placement, PCB Layout, Routing and Documentation

“The material 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


This training class will be similar to our other training classes; it will have a reference manual, exercises and an instructor. However, we are going beyond the norm.

  • Our training exercises were developed to immerse you into the entire design process. Each exercise not only reviews the knowledge that was presented, the exercises present real life PCB process challenges. This aspect of the exercises is to bring about both thought and discussion with your fellow classmates and instructor, empowering you to use the knowledge of this course immediately in your daily work life.
  • This course will be taught by our senior engineers who have years of experience in PCB design.
  • The reference manual is far more than just a bunch of PowerPoint slides; it is a book all on its own, one that we plan to expand to become the de facto PCB reference guide! We want this book to be the Horowitz’s and Hill’s “The Art of Electronics for PCB”.

Who is this class for? It was designed for those who have anything to do with the PCB design process from specification to the completion of layout. This includes, but certainly not limited to the designers, engineers, program managers, technicians and even the company’s purchasing agents. Knowing the process can create bridges and tear down the silos between organizations.

Those who are on the manufacturing side of the PCB process are certainly invited, as it will give an overview of the process from the designer’s point of view. However for those who are well versed in the Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) process please note that this is truly a fundamental course of the entire process, and that manufacturing specifics such as tolerances, IPC specification driven requirements, and material characteristics are not covered.


Here’s the list of the chapters:


Chapter 1– Introduction and A Brief History
Chapter 2 – Fabrication Overview
Chapter 3 – Assembly Overview
Chapter 4 – Design for Test (DFx)
Chapter 5 – Design Flow
Chapter 6 – Specification Writing
Chapter 7 – Symbol Library Flow

Chapter 8 – Footprint Library Flow
Chapter 9 – Creating the Schematic
Chapter 10 – PCB - The Groundwork
Chapter 11 – PCB Design for Manufacturing
Chapter 12 – Fabrication Documentation
Chapter 13 – Assembly Documentation


You will be provided with a training reference (281-pages) and exercise manual (55-pages).

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



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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 Dan is an outstanding instructor 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


“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



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