Traditionally, the start of a new year is a time when we reflect on the progress we’ve made during the year passed and set our goals for the new year. More often than not, your professional development goals include training or some form of continuing education to expand or refresh your technical knowledge. We’ve queried training resources in our industry to provide you with an overview of free or affordable solutions to meet your training goals in 2019. You’ll find here sources of compliance-related seminars, workshops and other types of training, offered online and on location, public and private.
Please note that all listings are current as of the date we go to press (early December 2018). We invite you to submit updates and corrections, as well as suggestions for additional listings for our events section. Send your comments to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Seminars and Workshops
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) provides a variety of courses designed to help organizations achieve and maintain accreditation to international standards. Instructors are subject matter experts with many years of professional training experience. Most courses are offered at several locations on various dates throughout the year. Additional details are available at http://www.a2la.org/training. (Also see listings under “In-House/Custom Seminars” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
AEMC Instruments offers its “Understanding Ground Resistance Testing” training seminar. This one-day technical training seminar will provide you with all the information you need to understand and apply proper sizing and testing of grounding systems. For additional details regarding its 2019 workshop schedule, go to https://www.aemc.com/support/training-seminars.cfm.
Keith Armstrong of Cherry Clough Consultants will offer his two-day course on “Good EMC Engineering Practices for Large Machines, Systems and Installations” on February 21-22, 2019 in Bruges, Belgium. For more information, or to register, go to https://iiw.kuleuven.be/brugge/m-group/Events/EMCforSystemsandInstallations2019. (Also see listing under “In-House/Customer Seminars” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Dangelmayer Associates is once again hosting its annual ESD workshop, “ESD Best Practices for Changing Technologies.” The workshop will be held July 23-26 at the company’s headquarters in beautiful Gloucester, Massachusetts (U.S.) Additional details and registration information is available at http://www.dangelmayer.com/training-workshops.php.
Doug Smith of D.C. Smith Consultants will offer his seminar on “Lab Techniques, Robust Design, and Troubleshooting” February 19-21, 2019 in Boulder City, Nevada (U.S.). For more information, or to register, go to http://emcesd.com/bcsem_hfmeas.htm.
Doug also continues to host the ever-popular EMC Week in Boulder City, Nevada (U.S.), dedicated to helping you learn everything you need to know about EMC design and testing. This year’s event will be held February 4-February 8, and will also feature Derek Walton (“A Day in the EMC Lab.”), Dan Beeker (“PC Board Design for EMC Compliance.”) and Ken Wyatt (“EMC Troubleshooting & Compliance Testing at Your Facility.”). Find additional details for EMC Week at http://emcesd.com/bcsem_emcweek.htm.
Equipment Reliability Institute offers several public courses throughout the year, including courses on “MIL-STD 810G Testing and Fundamentals of Random Vibration and Shock Testing.” For complete information and 2019 training dates, go to https://equipment-reliability.com/upcoming-training. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
The ESD Association holds educational opportunities throughout the year to provide engineers with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the challenges of ESD in their companies. For example, the association co-sponsors regional tutorials with local chapters, conducts a national tutorial and education seminar in conjunction with the annual EOS/ESD Symposium, and publishes and distributes numerous educational materials on ESD. For full details, visit the ESD Association’s website at http://www.esda.org. (Also see listing under “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
ETS-Lindgren offers hands-on training courses throughout the year in Cedar Park, Texas (U.S.). Courses planned for 2019 include:
- EMC Fundamentals
- Automotive EMC Testing
- TILE! Software Basic Training
- OTA Testing
- HEMP/EMI Threats
- EMC & MIL STD 461 Fundamentals
For information about specific course dates and other course details, go to http://www.ets-lindgren.com/services/education-training. (Also see listing under “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Daryl Gerke of Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. will conduct his three-day class on “EMC in Military Systems” on February 5-7, 2019 at Applied Technology Institute in Columbia, Maryland (U.S.) For more information, or to register, go to https://www.aticourses.com/EMI_EMC_in_Military_Systems.htm. (Also see listing under “In-House/Customer Seminars.”)
Intertek offers live seminars and workshops throughout the year at various locations around the U.S. and elsewhere. Additional information is available at the “Intertek Electrical” Showcase page on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/intertek-electrical.
Dr. Todd Hubing of Learn EMC will present his course on “Design for Automotive EMC Compliance” in Santa Clara, California (U.S.) on February 5-7. The course focuses on fundamental concepts and tools that automotive electronics engineers can utilize to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. For additional details on this and other courses, go to https://learnemc.com.
Mark Montrose of Montrose Compliance Services will once again teach his course on “Printed Circuit Board Design for Signal Integrity and EMC Compliance” at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension in 2019. Find details and updated information at http://montrosecompliance.com/training-seminars/seminars_courses. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
Silent Solutions offers workshops for design engineers interested in a practical, hands-on approach to EMC design, troubleshooting, and the special field concerned with circuit-to-circuit interference. Engineers working for manufacturers whose products target commercial and industrial environments will find this training extraordinarily useful. Visit http://www.silent-solutions.com to learn more. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
TÜV SÜD America offers public training courses are enhanced by the real-life experiences of the auditing and testing teams, offering years of experience in the worldwide international standards arena. These courses can help prepare you for the most challenging compliance issues. Visit their website at http://www.tuv-sud-america.com/us-en/resource-center/training. to see the current offerings. (Also see listing under “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
UL Knowledge Solutions offers courses, workshops and other forms of live training in the U.S. and in other locations around the world. The world’s most progressive and safety-conscious companies rely on UL’s educational programs for the expertise and tools required to design and install safer products, increase efficiency, realize improved speed to market, and ultimately advance their approach to prevention and compliance. A complete listing of 2019 dates and locations is available at https://lms.ulknowledgeservices.com/home.aspx. (Also see listings under “In-House/Custom Seminars” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Washington Laboratories Academy will offer a wide range of courses and workshops in 2019, including their popular trainings on EMC essentials, EMC PCB design and integration, and MIL-STD-461. To learn more, visit the Washington Laboratories Academy at http://www.wll.com/academy. (Also see listings under “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
York EMC Services offers classroom compliance training throughout the year at various locations in the United Kingdom. Find out more at http://www.yorkemc.com/services/training. (Also see listings under “In-House/Custom Seminars” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Many experts and training organizations offer standard and/or customized seminars and workshops on an in-house basis. These training programs offer companies an opportunity to train multiple compliance personnel with a specialized approach designed for their needs. Following is a list of trainers and organizations that offer in-house seminars and workshops.
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) also offers custom and on-site courses available on a variety of topics. Go to http://www.a2la.org/training for more information. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Vladimir Kraz of Best ESD Technical Services offers in-house classes on practical aspects of dealing with EMI, EOS and ESD in real-life situations, such as manufacturing, motion control, field installations and alike, and how to reduce unwanted electrical noise in a practical and effective way. For additional information, go to http://www.bestesd.com.
Keith Armstrong of Cherry Clough Consultants also offers an array of private, in-house seminars that can facilitate a customized approach to training. Seminars available for in-house delivery include:
- Electronic and mechanical design
- Electrical assembly and wiring
- EMC for functional safety
- Testing & standards for designers
- Testing & standards for testers
Go to https://www.cherryclough.com/Custom-Training-Courses for more information. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Equipment Reliability Institute also provides on-site training on a broad range of testing and design topics. For more information, go to http://www.equipment-reliability.com/onsite-courses. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
Daryl Gerke of Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. also offers his two-day course on “Design for EMC” on an in-house basis. The course focuses on EMC problems and how to identify, prevent and fix more than 40 common EMI/EMC problems at the equipment level. For further details, visit http://www.emiguru.com/seminars/emc-seminars. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
Mark Montrose of Montrose Compliance Services also offers customized, in-house training programs and workshop on achieving EMC compliance, and EMC design fundamentals and techniques. For more information, go to https://montrosecompliance.com/emc-training-seminars/seminars_courses. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
Silent Solutions (http://www.silent-solutions.com) offers many of its public seminars and workshops for private, in-house delivery, and can also customize its offerings to address specific organizational needs and requirements. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
UL Knowledge Solutions also offers companies the option of private and custom workshops designed and delivered by UL subject matter experts. Learn more at https://lms.ulknowledgeservices.com/common/ncsresponse.aspx?rendertext=PrivateWorkshop. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Wyatt Technical Services, LLC An independent consulting firm that specializes in EMC design, troubleshooting and training services to commercial and industrial manufacturers with global distribution in the consumer, computer, network and telecommunications, industrial and scientific industries. Also participating in the 2019 EMC Week in Boulder City, NV (U.S.). For further information, visit
http://www.emc-seminars.com/page6/Schedule.html. (Also see listing under “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
York EMC Services also offers customized, in-house training offerings in addition to their comprehensive schedule of public training programs. For additional details on their ‘bespoke” training options, go to https://www.yorkemc.com/services/training/bespoke-training. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
Webinars and On-Demand Training
Since you can’t be on the road all the time, there is plenty of training that you can participate in right from your desk. Many experts and training organizations provide live and on-demand webinars, as well as books, podcasts, and e-learning programs. Here are a few options to get you started:
The American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) will continue to host its webinar series covering a wide variety of EMC standards, key EMC committee meetings and other EMC activity. The webinars will be presented by Don Heirman. Dates and time for scheduled webinars is available at the ACIL website at http://www.acil.org. The website also provides information on previously recorded webinars that are available on-demand.
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) In addition to its public workshops (see previous listings), the A2LA also offers a number of online training options, including webinars and videos. Go to http://www.a2la.org/training for further details. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
Associated Research webinars are available both live and on-demand, and provide detailed information on many aspects of electrical safety testing. For more information, go to http://www.arisafety.com/webinars.
Keith Armstrong of Cherry Clough Consultants has uploaded recordings of many of his webinars on a variety of EMC-related issues to the EMC Standards portal. Visit https://www.emcstandards.co.uk/overview-of-the-basic-test-methods-for-emc-dire for additional details. (Also see listing under “In-House/Customer Seminars” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training.”)
EMC Fast Pass provides comprehensive on-line training courses and short courses to assist electronic engineers, compliance specialists and hardware manufacturers design and test products that pass EMC and RF certifications the first time. Some of their course offerings include:
- EMC Design for Compliance
- Intrinsically Safe Hardware Design
- EMC Troubleshooting and Pre-Compliance Testing
- EMC Testing Beginner’s Bundle
- FCC Wireless (RF) Pre-Compliance
- Antenna Matching
- EMC Design Review Case Study
Visit https://emcfastpass.com/training/index.php/course-listings for more information.
ESD Association, in addition to its public seminars and workshops, also hosts online classes and training videos through the ESDA Online Academy at http://www.esda.org/training-and-education. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
ETS-Lindgren will also be presenting a number of webcasts in 2019. Additional details are available at http://www.ets-lindgren.com/services/education-training. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
SIEMIC presents a series of monthly, one-hour regulatory compliance webinars throughout the year that address the latest regulation changes, importation requirements, and hot compliance issues for the most important and dynamic market countries. Go to http://www.siemic.com/us/company/webinars.php for additional information.
TÜV SÜD America also offers both live and on-demand webinars covering various topics in the areas of product safety, EMC, management systems and competency assessments. To learn more, go to
https://www.tuv-sud-america.com/us-en/resource-center/training/webinars. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
UL Knowledge Solutions also provides safety- and compliance-related training delivered via self-paced online training, webinars, and more. UL’s Regulatory and Compliance Essentials offering is a continuously-growing portfolio of online courses spanning across a wide spectrum of topic areas including hazard-based safety engineering, global market access and global directives, code compliance, conformity assessment, sustainability, responsible sourcing and social auditing, and many more. For additional details, visit https://lms.ulknowledgeservices.com/Common/NCSResponse.aspx?RenderText=fundamentals_subscriptions. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
Washington Laboratories Academy also offers a comprehensive line-up of live and on-demand webinars on a variety of compliance-related issues. For more information, go to http://www.wll.com/academy. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars and Workshops.”)
Wyatt Technical Services also offers its on-line course, EMC Troubleshooting and Pre-Compliance Testing for Product Designers, which covers the basics of EMC design and how to correct typical design issues, simple pre-compliance bench top measurement methods, and simple techniques and tools to characterize designs at various stages of development. Go to http://www.emc-seminars.com/page6/Schedule.html for more information. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
York EMC Services offers a number of online training course modules through its York Training Academy. Current titles include:
- Introduction to EMC Standards
- Implications of the New EMC Directive
- Ensuring the Continued Compliance of Products with the EMC Directive
More details are available at https://www.yorkemc.com/services/training/online-training. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “In-House/Custom Seminars.”)
Industry Symposia, Conferences and Exhibits
These annual symposia are an excellent resource for extensive technical training, and exchange of new ideas and technical concepts. The benefit of attending these events is that attendees can sample a vast array of workshops quickly and efficiently while networking with colleagues and professionals with the same interests.
January 29-31, 2019 – Santa Clara, California (U.S.)
March 19-21, 2019 – Stuttgart, Germany
Microwave & RF 2019
March 20-21, 2019 – Paris, France
2019 International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (IEW)
March 31-April 4, 2019 – Monterey, California (U.S.)
EuCAP 2019 – The 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
March 31-April 5, 2019 – Krakow, Poland
2019 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium
April 14-18, 2019 – Miami, Florida (U.S.)
2019 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering
May 6-8, 2019 – San Jose, California (U.S.)
2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)
May 20-23, 2019 – Auckland, New Zealand
2019 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
June 3-7, 2019 – Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
IMS2019 – 2019 International Microwave Symposium
June 2-7, 2019 – Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.)
2019 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal and Power Integrity
July 22-26, 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana (U.S.)
EMC Europe 2019
September 2-6, 2019 – Barcelona, Spain
2019 Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium
September 11–20, 2019 – Riverside, California (U.S.)
European Microwave Week 2019
September 29-October 4, 2019 – Paris, Spain
41st Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA)
October 6-11, 2019 – San Diego, California (U.S.)
IEEE EMC Society 2019 Regional Events
Milwaukee EMC Society will once again host their annual EMC Event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (U.S.) in March-April 2019. For up-to-date information on this event go to http://www.EMCMilwaukee.com.
2019 Chicago IEEE EMC Mini Symposium
May 4, 2019—Chicago, Illinois (U.S.)
EMC Fest 2019
May 9, 2019 – Livonia, Michigan (U.S.)
2019 Minnesota EMC Event
September 19, 2019 – Bloomington, Minnesota (U.S.)
8th Annual EMC Seminar IEEE Rock River Valley Section, Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin
June 11, 2019—Rockford, Illinois (U.S.)
We hope this list will help you meet your professional development goals in 2019. Many additional events will be planned throughout the year, so, to find the most up-to-date information, be sure to check our events calendar at https://incompliancemag.com/event-directory. Another way to brush up on the basics and delve deep into advanced topics is by visiting our online resource center, the In Compliance Electrical Engineering Resource Center (EERC) at https://incompliancemag.com/eerc.