Course Overview



Spec Ops - Altium Designer - 3 Days




The Spec Ops course builds on the basic skills that users have acquired through the Boot Camp training or from personal experience. Students who are new to using Altium Designer would be better served to enroll in the Boot Camp training class before attending Spec Ops training.

In 3 days, Spec Ops will help you become more productive in the PCB environment through effective use of Altium Designer and its features. Along with detailed documentation and data management topics, advanced routing and construction techniques will be explored. Mastering high-speed design constructs like differential pair routing, length matching and tuning will be introduced and reinforced. Additionally, students will be introduced to many of Altium Designer's latest features, geared toward maximizing innovation and efficiency.

  • Day 1 - Data Management, What's New in AD18 and Schematic Spec Ops
  • Day 2 - Board Setup, Rules and Placement
  • Day 3 – Routing, Length Tuning and PCB Spec Ops

The ideal entrant into our Spec Ops course will be a Nine Dot Connects Boot Camp graduate or an Altium Designer user who is comfortable with navigating the software. The student gaining the most would be the PCB designer who wants a boost in productivity, design accuracy, or level of detail in their designs, as well as the engineer who is looking to achieve the next level of creativity and innovation.

“... 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 ...”
John Tarmas - Electronics Engineer, Department of the Navy


You will be provided with a training manual (216-pages).

Cost: $2,995 (in-class), $2,500 (interactive, instructor-led online)



3-Day Course Agenda
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"I attended the combined Boot Camp and Spec Ops class and found the training to be excellent! The instructor was not only a well outstanding instructor, but also a well experience design engineer with years of Altium Designer background. He was able to deliver the course content, but also to make sure I was able to fully understand the topics and how they related to my work. I would strongly recommend training from Nine Dot Connects to anyone thinking about improving their skills."

Milton Arturo Diaz, PCB Design Engineer, Molex de Mexico



"Training on Altium Designer with Nine Dot Connects is always a truly enlightening experience. Their comprehensive, hands-on approach ensures that you immerse yourself into some of the most advanced topics of Altium. The free webinars offer critical information and design techniques that are invaluable to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of Altium. Their highly proficient and adept staff provides you with the knowledge and wisdom you need to tackle today's electrical design challenges. I highly recommend training with Nine Dot Connects!"

George Hunt, Product Manager/Applications Engineer, MICROMO



“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.



"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



"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)