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Continuing Your Professional Education in 2018

Professional Development Options for Compliance Engineers

Traditionally, the start of a new year is a time when we reflect on the progress we 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 2018. 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 2017). 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

Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electrostatic Discharge

Bruce Archambeault
is expected to teach several seminars in 2018. Check for the latest details.

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VSWR and its Effects on Power Amplifiers

Voltage Standing Wave Ratio results from an impedance mismatch between a source (an amplifier) and a load (test application). This mismatch can influence the performance of the source.

D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. offers a two-day applications seminar plus a one-day workshop.

EMC by Your Design: A Practical Applications Seminar and Workshop

March 20-22, 2018

Using updates of the latest developments in research, standards, regulations, instrumentation and services, participants will study EMC design techniques and the calculations required to design a product to meet compliance regulations. After two days of intense study of EMC and design principles, students in the workshop will review, from start to finish, the design of an EMC compliant product. The goal of this workshop is to help design engineers and technicians learn to apply the EMC design principles they learn in the seminar to real life products. For more information, visit

Doug Smith
 continues to offer a variety of public workshops and on-line trainings, and hosts the popular EMC Week. Find additional details on his website,

EMC Week

February 26-March 2, 2018, Boulder City, Nevada

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Spend a week learning EMC design and test. Learn from four of the top EMC trainers: Doug Smith, Kenneth Wyatt, Derek Walton, and Dan Beeker. Panel discussion Friday afternoon with a free confidential consultation session afterward. Select vendors/exhibitors will attend.

Lab Techniques, Design, and Troubleshooting

July 24-26, 2018, Boulder City, Nevada

Three days, one instructor covering great techniques to get your design working and finding defects that could become field failures. In addition, unique and powerful methods of troubleshooting EMC and ESD problems in minutes to hours instead of days to weeks or more are presented. Lots of demos on live circuits illustrate most of the main points covered.

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

 offers hands-on training courses throughout the year in Cedar Park, Texas. Below is a list of those courses currently scheduled at ETS-U. Learn more at

Wireless OTA Testing

February 6-8, 2018, Cedar Park, Texas

August 7-9, 2018, Cedar Park, Texas

You’ll learn firsthand how to perform wireless over-the-air (OTA) tests with mix of classroom discussion and practical in-chamber testing. You’ll also receive a study guide and class notes.

TILE! Software Training

February 20-21, 2018, Cedar Park, Texas

October 16-17, 2018, Cedar Park, Texas

This two-day hands-on course designed for engineers or lab technicians who want to expand their knowledge of the latest version of the TILE! ™ (Totally Integrated Laboratory Environment) software, either as a new user or a current user wanting to improve their skills. Instruction is divided between class lectures and hands-on lab experience. Students are taught how to create profiles, use the Profile Launcher, Instrument Simulator and perform actual tests in a lab environment. Students receive an illustrated textbook written specifically for the TILE! training course. Upon completion, attendees of this class will be able to: create a test profile from a blank sheet, use existing test profiles, manage instruments, manage data, generate reports, and customize the Launcher to create a ‘1 click’ process from starting a test to the report generation.

EMC & MIL STD 461 Fundamentals

March 27-29, 2018 (covers EMC Fundamentals only), Cedar Park, Texas

June 4-8, 2018 (covers both EMC and MIL-STD 461-F), Cedar Park, Texas

Designed for engineers or lab technicians who want to expand their knowledge of EMC compliance testing and Military-Standard 461F testing or are new to the subject and want to “learn-how” quickly. Instruction is divided between class lectures and hands-on lab experience. Students are taught how to perform actual tests. On the EMC side, that includes a 3 meter anechoic chamber, GTEM and a reverberation chamber. On the MIL-STD side, that includes a semi-anechoic chamber and a conducted susceptibility test station.

Henry Ott Consultants 
offers a three-day course covering the practical aspects of noise and interference control in electronic systems. More information on both public and in-house EMC courses is available at

Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering

(2018 dates to be announced)

This course will provide the participants with a working knowledge of electromagnetic compatibility principles. Emphasis is on cost effective EMC design for digital systems. The commercial and industrial aspects of EMC engineering are emphasized. The amount and complexity of mathematics will be kept to a minimum, and ideas will be illustrated with examples of actual case histories.

Learn EMC
– Dr. Todd Hubing of LearnEMC will present the following EMC short courses in 2018. These courses will be held at our EMC training facility in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

Electronic Systems Design for EMC Compliance

May 22-23, 2018, Stoughton, Wisconsin

This 2-day course stresses the fundamental concepts and tools that electronics engineers can employ to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. Students completing the course will be able to make good decisions regarding board layout and system design for EMC. They will also be introduced to tools and techniques for quickly reviewing designs in order to flag potential problems well before the first hardware is built and tested.

Advanced Printed Circuit Board Design for EMC

May 24, 2018, Stoughton, Wisconsin

The focus of the course will be on the application of fundamental EMC concepts to actual product designs. Students completing this course will have the skills necessary to conduct well-organized circuit board design reviews and make good decisions regarding component selection, component placement, layer stack-up, trace routing and grounding. It is assumed that students taking this course have a basic understanding of fundamental EMC concepts (for example, students that have completed LearnEMC’s Electronic Systems Design for EMC Compliance or Design for Automotive EMC Compliance).

Design for Automotive EMC Compliance

September 17-18, 2018, Detroit, Michigan

This 2-day course stresses the fundamental concepts and tools that automotive electronics engineers can utilize to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. Students completing the course will be able to make good decisions regarding board layout and automotive system design for EMC. They will also be introduced to tools and techniques for quickly reviewing automotive designs in order to flag potential problems well before the first hardware is built and tested.

Automotive Printed Circuit Board Layout 

September 19, 2018, Detroit, Michigan

This 1-day course focuses on board design and layout issues that are of particular importance to the automotive electronics industry. Component placement, trace routing, power distribution and grounding are discussed with an emphasis on automotive applications. Particular emphasis is placed on effective mixed-signal design strategies.

Power Electronics Design for Electromagnetic Compatibility

September 20, 2018, Detroit, Michigan

This 1-day course covers fundamental and advanced design concepts related to the design of power electronic circuits for meeting electromagnetic compatibility requirements. In the morning session, basic power electronic circuit topologies and applications are reviewed with a focus on the fundamental properties of these circuits that result in unwanted conducted and radiated emissions. Noise source models are presented and various noise mitigation options are examined. The focus of the afternoon session is on advanced design concepts including grounding strategies, component selection and placement, and methods for maintaining electrical balance. Active noise cancellation techniques applicable in various situations are also presented. Finally, examples of good and bad power circuit designs ranging from low-voltage DC-to-DC converters to 700-volt electric vehicle motor drives are reviewed.

Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Compatibility

October 15-16, 2018, Stoughton, Wisconsin

This 2-day course stresses the fundamental concepts and tools that electronics engineers can employ to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. Students completing the course will be able to make good decisions regarding board layout and system design for EMC. They will also be well prepared for advanced courses in electromagnetic compatibility that require students to have a basic grasp of important fundamental concepts.

Design for Guaranteed EMC Compliance

October 17-18, 2018, Stoughton, Wisconsin

This 2-day course leads students through the process of systematically ensuring that their product designs will meet all applicable EMC requirements. Students will learn to identify and utilize the ground structure, control the flow of high and low-frequency currents, identify and characterize potential sources and victims of EMI, control bandwidths, ignore structures and coupling paths that do not contribute to EMC problems, and systematically identify and evaluate structures and coupling paths capable of causing a product to be non-compliant. It is assumed that students taking this course have a basic understanding of fundamental EMC concepts (for example, students that have completed the Fundamentals of Electromagnetic Compatibility course or the Electronic Systems Design for EMC Compliance course). The focus of the course will be on the application of these fundamental concepts to the systematic evaluation of actual product designs.

LF Research/SSCLabs
conducts hands-on courses that are intended to augment the skills of new or existing individuals working in an EMC laboratory. Small class sizes and a test lab location perfect for instruction means a significant jump in knowledge in a short space of time. The courses are ideal for meeting personal development requirements and can be tailored for on-site presentation.

For more information, contact Derek Walton at

Planning an EMC Laboratory

April 9, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 1, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Intended for those thinking of personally conducting EMC testing

Simple Bench Top Testing

April 9, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 1, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Intended for those interested in performing EMC testing with the minimal amount of equipment

Pre-Compliance Testing

April 10, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 2, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Intended for those looking to improve the odds of passing compliance laboratory testing

Compliance Testing

April 11, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 3, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Intended for those seeking to operate a full compliance lab

Accredited Laboratory Operation

April 16-18, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 8-10, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

An introduction to the elements of ISO 17025 as they apply to an EMC testing laboratory

CE Mark Testing

April 12-13, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 11-12, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Addresses ESD, RI, EFT, Surge, CI, Mag Field, VD&I, Radiated Emissions and Conducted Emissions

MIL-STD 461 Testing

April 23-24, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 22-23, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Addresses CE101, CE102, RE101, RE102, RS101, RS103, CS101, CS114, CS115, CS116, CS117 and CS118

DO-160 Testing

April 25-26, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

October 24-25, 2018, Poplar Grove, Illinois

Addresses Sections 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 25

MET Laboratories “Compliance
 College” offers seminars at various locations throughout the year. Visit for additional details.

Montrose Compliance Services
will once again teach EMC and related courses at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension and in Poznan, Poland in 2018. Find details and updated information at

Printed Circuit Board Design for Signal Integrity and EMC Compliance

April 14 & 21, 2018, University of California Santa Cruz Extension, Santa Cruz, CA

Winter 2018 session dates to be announced

EMC Made Simple-Printed Circuit Board and System Design

EMC Testing and Troubleshooting Workshop

June 2018 dates to be announced, Poznan, Poland

The University of Oxford
offers several continuing education courses that are appropriate for compliance
engineers. Learn more at Currently-listed courses include:

Successful RF PCB Design

February 22, 2018, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

This intensive one-day course provides a thorough introduction to the principles of RF PCB design techniques in an intuitive and practical way. It is taught by two of the UK’s leading industry RF PCB specialists.

Applying Practice EMI Design to Mechanical Design

June 2018 (tentative), University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

A course for both electrical and mechanical engineers on the design of enclosures and cables to help products European and worldwide regulatory requirements.

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 to learn more.

Washington Laboratories Academy 
will offer a range
of training options in 2018, including our popular training on MIL-STD-461. Other core training offerings cover EMC Design and Mitigation, as well as other topics including battery technology, wireless regulations, simulation, nuclear EMC, shielding design, environmental testing and design, electrical safety evaluation and design, and engineering reliability and maintainability. Delivered in-house, in publicly available programs and on the web, and teaming with its slate of expert instructors, WLA delivers the best selection and options for engineering development. Contact Steve Ferguson ( for more information, or visit the Washington Laboratories Academy at

Wyatt Technical Services
 offers seminars on product design for EMC compliance, troubleshooting, and pre-compliance testing throughout the year. For more information, go to

EMC Week

February 26-March 2, 2018, Boulder City, Nevada

Spend a week learning EMC design and test. Learn from four of the top EMC trainers: Kenneth Wyatt, Doug Smith, Derek Walton, and Dan Beeker. Panel discussion Friday afternoon with a free confidential consultation session afterward. Select vendors/exhibitors will attend.

York EMC
offers classroom compliance training throughout the year at various locations in the United Kingdom. Find out more at


Product Safety and Environmental Testing 

AEMC Instruments
 offers its Understanding Ground Resistance Testing training seminar. This one-day technical training seminar consists of two sessions. The first session consists of classroom presentations and discussions on all aspects of soil resistivity and ground resistance testing. The second session consists of on-site field tests demonstrating the different methods of ground resistance testing discussed during the first half of the day. Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on experience and demonstrations of proper testing procedures including measurement of soil resistivity, correct placement of test rods, using the 3-Point method and proper use of the clamp-on test method.

For additional details regarding its 2018 schedule, visit

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. Details are at Some of the topics to be covered in 2018 include:

ISO/IEC 17025:2017—The New Standard for Laboratory Competence

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and Laboratory Accreditation

Overview of Draft International Standard (DIS) ISO/IEC 17025 with Gap Analysis

Internal Auditing to ISO/IEC 17025:2005

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Management Review

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for Cannabis Testing Laboratories

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 2018 training dates, go to

O’Brien Compliance Management
 offers a training course in IEC 60601, the medical electrical equipment standards for basic safety and essential performance. A brief description is below. For further information, go to

Integrating Medical Device Safety into the Design Process

April 17-19, 2018, London, United Kingdom

This is an intense three-day training course. There are presentation slides, frequent references to source standards, and skill implementation work group exercises. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the safety requirements, and how they apply to products currently under development. The course continues to evolve to stay up to date with the latest standards, interpretations, regulatory guidance, and feedback from over 1,000 past participants.

TÜV SÜD Academy
 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. With complete one-, two-, three- and five-day training courses offered, the Academy can get you prepared for the most challenging compliance issues. Visit their website at to see the current offerings.

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 2018 dates and locations is available at

Washington Laboratories Academy
offers product safety seminars throughout the year. For additional information and dates, visit


Private/Custom Seminars

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.

A2LA ( has custom and on-site courses available on a variety of topics.

Best ESD Technical Services
offers classes on practical aspects of dealing with EMI in real-life situations, such as manufacturing, motion control, field installations and alike. Effects of EMI on electrical overstress (EOS) are closely examined. SEMI EMC standards and other industry requirements are considered. Their EMI classes focus on actual EMI environment in different installations and how to reduce unwanted electrical noise in a practical and effective way. There is no special prerequisite for EMC expertise – dealing with EMI is everyone’s job.

Cherry Clough Consultants 
( offers an array of private, in-house seminars that can facilitate a customized approach to training. Seminars available for in-house delivery include:

EMC for electronic designers

Designing equipment for safety

EMC techniques for test engineers

EMC for systems & installations

EMC for functional safety

2004/108/EC, fixed installations, custom equipment

Don Heirman Consultants 
( conducts workshops and tutorials on topics such as C63 standards and on testing emissions from unlicensed wireless devices.

Henry Ott Consultants
offers one to three day EMC seminars (in-house and public) on over 25 different topics, including Partitioning and Layout of Mixed-Signal PCBs and EMC Considerations in Switching Power Supply Designs.

Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. 
( conducts in-house seminars on EMC design fundamentals and techniques for ensuring EMC Compliance. Their two most popular seminars include:

Design for EMC

A two-day class that focuses on EMC problems “inside the box.” Addresses EMC concerns in circuit boards, power electronics, grounding, shielding, and cables/connectors. Includes over 40+ practical fixes. Optional one day addendum on “EMC Troubleshooting” and “EMC Design Reviews.” Regularly updated, this class has been presented on a public and in-house basis for 25 years.

EMC in Military Systems

A three-day class that focuses on EMC problems “outside the box.” Addresses four critical EMC systems concerns – power, grounding, cables/connectors, and shielding. Includes 30+ practical fixes. Includes a unique module on “MIL-STD-461/464 Design impact,” and a module on “EMC Troubleshooting” at the systems level. Regularly updated, this class has been presented in a public and in-house basis for 10+ years.

Montrose Compliance Services 
( offers customized, in-house training programs and workshops on achieving EMC compliance, EMC design fundamentals and techniques.

Silent Solutions
( 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.

Steven H. Voldman LLC
provides educational training including technical short courses, in-house courses, open community lectures, technical presentations, and university short courses. Educational courses are available in semiconductor quality and reliability, semiconductor device design, semiconductor business strategy, ESD, latchup, innovation and patenting

Wyatt Technical Services, LLC 
http://www.emc-seminars.comAn 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.

York EMC
( offers customized in-house training offerings.


Travel-Free 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:

Associated Research
( are available both live and on-demand, and provide detailed information on many aspects of electrical safety testing.

EMC Fast Pass
( provides comprehensive training courses and short courses to assist electronic engineers, compliance specialists, and hardware manufacturers to design and test products that pass EMC and RF certifications the first time. Some of their course offerings include:

Comprehensive Programs

EMC Design for Compliance

Intrinsically Safe Hardware Design

EMC Troubleshooting and Pre-Compliance Testing

Short Courses

EMC Testing Beginner’s Bundle

FCC Wireless (RF) Pre-Compliance

Antenna Matching

EMC Design Review Case Study

ESD Association
( hosts online classes and training videos.

Intertek Academy
( offers educational opportunities in quality, safety and energy efficiency to provide in-depth guidance for understanding new standards and specs, innovative techniques and compliance.

MET Laboratories 
( offers webinars throughout
the year, as well as on-demand viewing of past webinars.

Phoenix Technical Group 
( offers free and paid video, e-books and online training classes on the web on-demand. They offer training in CE marking, UL compliance, product safety, RoHS and REACH, risk analysis and the company’s UCMS Universal Compliance Management System.™.

( presents a series of monthly, one-hour regulatory compliance webinars that address the latest regulation changes, importation requirements, and hot compliance issues for the most important and dynamic market countries.

TÜV SÜD America 
( offers webinars and online seminars in the areas of product safety, EMC, management systems and competency assessments. Webinars are also available for on-demand viewing.

UL Knowledge Solutions 
( 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.

Wyatt Technical Services 
( 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 benchtop measurement methods, and simple techniques and tools to characterize designs at various stages of development.

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


Industry Symposia, Conferences and Exhibits

These annual symposia are an excellent resource for extensive technical training and the 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.

EMV 2018

February 20-22, 2018 – Dusseldorf, Germany

Microwave & RF 2018

March 21-22, 2018 – Paris, France

2018 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium

March 24-29, 2018 – Denver, Colorado

EuCAP 2018 – The 12th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation

April 13-18, 2018 – London, UK

2018 IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering

May 14-16, 2018 – San Jose, California

2018 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)

May 14-17, 2018 – Houston, Texas

2018 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility

May 14-17, 2018 – Singapore

2018 International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (IEW)

May 14-18, 2018 – Priorij Corsendonk, Belgium

IMS2018 – 2018 International Microwave Symposium

June 10-15, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2018 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal and Power Integrity

July 30 – August 3, 201 – Long Beach, California

2018 Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium

September 23–28, 2018 – Reno, Nevada

European Microwave Week 2018

September 23-28, 2018 – Madrid, Spain

40th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA)

November 4-9, 2018 – Williamsburg, Virginia


IEEE EMC Society 2018 Regional Events

Milwaukee EMC Society presents: “EM Field-Based Design of Circuit Boards for First Pass EMC Compliance”

March 6, 2018—Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2018 Chicago IEEE EMC Mini Symposium

May 8, 2018—Chicago, Illinois

EMC Fest 2018

May 10, 2018 – Livonia, Michigan

2018 Minnesota EMC Event

September 20, 2018 – Bloomington, Minnesota

7th Annual IEEE Rock River Valley Section of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin

June 12, 2018—Rockford, Illinois

Santa Clara Valley IEEE EMC Chapter Mini-Symposium

Oct 11, 2018—Santa Clara, California

We hope this list will help you meet your professional development goals in 2018.

Many additional events will be planned throughout the year, so be sure to check our events calendar at to find the most up-to-date information.

Another way to brush up on the basics and delve deep into advanced topics is by visiting our online resource center, at, the In Compliance Electrical Engineering Resource Center (EERC).

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