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Continuing Your Professional Education in 2020

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 2020 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 2020). 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 editor@incompliancemag.com.


Public Seminars and Workshops

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has launched its new WorkPlace Training portal, which provides access to a variety of instructor-led and e-learning training options. Course 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.a2lawpt.org. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars” and “Webinars and On-Demand Training”.)

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AEMC Instruments will offer its “Ground Resistance Training Seminar” in San Diego, California (U.S.) on January 21, 2020. 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, go to https://www.aemc.com/support/training-seminars.cfm.

Keith Armstrong of Cherry Clough Consultants will be the featured presenter at the EMC & Compliance International 2020 program in Newbury, Berkshire (United Kingdom) on May 20-21, 2020. Over two days, Keith will present the following sessions:

  • The Physics of SI, PI and EMC Without Maths
  • Circuit Design for Cost-Effective SI, PI and EMC
  • Shielding for Cost-Effective SI, PI and EMC
  • Filtering for Cost-Effective SI, PI and EMC
  • Essential PCB Design and Layout
  • Advanced PCB Design and Layout

For more information, or to register, go to https://www.emcuk.co.uk/default.aspx. (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 21-24 at the company’s headquarters in 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 continues to host the EMC Week in Boulder City, Nevada (U.S.), dedicated to helping participants to learn everything they need to know about EMC design and testing. This year’s event will be held February 17-20, and will feature Doug’s seminar on “System Level ESD/EMI & Advanced Troubleshooting.” Other presenters include Derek Walton (“Working with EMC Test Labs”), Dan Beeker (“PC Board Design for EMC Compliance”) and Ken Wyatt (“Troubleshooting & Pre-Compliance Testing at Your Facility”). Find additional details for EMC Week at http://emcesd.com/bcsem_emcweek.htm.

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Equipment Reliability Institute offers several public classes throughout the year, including courses on “Military Standard 810 Testing” and “Fundamentals of Random Vibration and Shock Testing.” For complete information and 2020 training dates, go to https://equipment-reliability.com/upcoming-training. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars”.)

The ESD Association offers access to a wide variety of educational opportunities throughout the year to provide engineers with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the challenges of ESD in their companies. 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/training-and-education. (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 2020 include:

  • EMC Testing Fundamentals
  • TILE! Software Fundamentals
  • TILE! Software Expert Level Training
  • EMC Testing & MIL-STD 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”.)

Dr. Bogdan Adamczyk of Grand Valley State University will offer his two-day certificate course for industry on “Principles of Electromagnetic Compatibility” on April 23-24, 2020, and October 22-23, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The course participants will perform numerous hands-on measurements in small groups to reinforce the course topics. The course is intended for both the practicing professionals and the new engineers entering the field. For additional details go to
http://www.gvsu.edu/emccenter.

Daryl Gerke of Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. will conduct his three-day class on “EMC in Military Systems” in July at Applied Technology Institute in Columbia, Maryland (U.S.) For more information, or to register, go to https://www.aticourses.com/schedule. (Also see listing under “In-House/Customer Seminars”.)

Intertek offers live seminars and workshops throughout the year at various locations in the U.S. and around the world. Additional information is available at the company’s “Knowledge and Education” portal at https://www.intertek.com/knowledge-education.

Dr. Todd Hubing of LearnEMC will present two short courses in the spring of 2020 (“Design for Automotive EMC Compliance” and “Power Electronics Design for EMC”) and two in the fall (“Printed Circuit Board Design for EMC & Signal Integrity” and “Advanced Printed Circuit Board Design for EMC”). These courses focus on fundamental concepts and tools that EMC engineers can utilize to avoid electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity problems. For dates and additional details, go to https://learnemc.com. (Also see listing under “Webinars and On-Demand Training”.)

Mark Montrose of Montrose Compliance Services will conduct two workshops on “EMC Made Simple” and “Power Distribution Networks” at EMV Cologne on March 19, 2020. Details are available at https://emv.mesago.com/events/en.html. Montrose will also teach his course on “Printed Circuit Board Design for Signal Integrity and EMC Compliance” at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension, on April 11 and 18, 2020. Updated information is available at https://www.ucsc-extenstion.edu. (Also see listing under “In-House/Custom Seminars”.)

Silent Solutions offers public 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/education/courses-and-events 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 2020 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”.)

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. Ken Wyatt will also be participating in the 2020 EMC Week in Boulder City, NV (U.S.). For further information, visit http://www.emc-seminars.com/page6/Schedule.html.

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”.)


In-House/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.

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) also offers on-site training and workshops on a number of metrology topics. Go to https://www.a2lawpt.org 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 all aspects of managing and mitigating ESD, EOS and EMI issues in today’s manufacturing environment. Classes include factory and equipment compliance with SEMI Standards E176 and E33, as well as with IRDS technology map guidance.  Hands-on training of designated factory personnel in practical aspects of ESD/EOS/EMI mitigations in a factory environment. Classes are focused on specific processes and technologies employed by the audience members. 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. For more information, go to https://www.cherryclough.com/Custom-Training-Courses. (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”.)

Ikonix USA offers customized 1- or 2-day compliance training options at your site. Go to https://www.ikonixusa.com/consulting for more information.

Daryl Gerke of Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. 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. Other in-house course offerings include “EMC in Military Systems” and “Learn How to Identify, Prevent and Fix Interference Problems.” 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 workshops 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”.)

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. Dates and times for scheduled webinars are 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) offers a comprehensive suite of e-learning options through its WorkPlace Training portal. Twenty-eight different courses providing the equivalent of more than 200 hours of training are currently available, including online training on
ISO/IEC 17025 compliance. More information is available at http://www.wptraining.com/online. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops” and “In-House/Custom Seminars”.)

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/online-training 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. Course offerings include:

  • EMC Design for Compliance (Immunity)
  • EMC Design for Compliance (Emissions)
  • Intrinsically Safe Hardware Design
  • EMC Troubleshooting and Pre-Compliance Testing
  • EMC Testing Foundations
  • FCC Wireless (RF) Pre-Compliance

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 https://www.esda.org/store/training-and-education/?category=3. (Also see listings under “Public Seminars and Workshops”.)

ETS-Lindgren will also be presenting a number of webcasts in 2020. Additional details are available at http://www.ets-lindgren.com/services/education-training. (Also see listing under “Public Seminars
and Workshops”.)

Ikonix USA webinars are available both live and on‑demand, and provide detailed information on many aspects of electrical safety testing. For more information visit https://www.ikonixusa.com/consulting.

Intertek’s extensive catalog of live and on-demand webinars complement the company’s live training options. Additional information is available at
https://www.intertek.com/knowledge-education/webinars.

Todd Hubing of LearnEMC also presents customized webinars to groups at individual companies throughout the year. For additional details go to https://learnemc.com.

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. More information is available at 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”.)

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 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.

DesignCon2020
January 28-30, 2020 – Santa Clara, California (U.S.)
https://designcon.com

EuCAP 2020 – The 14th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
March 15-20, 2020 – Copenhagen, Denmark
http://www.eucap2020.org

EMV 2020
March 17-19, 2020 – Cologne, Germany
https://emv.mesago.com/koeln/en.html

Microwave & RF 2020
March 18-19, 2020 – Paris, France
http://www.microwave-rf.com

2020 International Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symposium
March 22-26, 2020 – Monterey, California (U.S.)
http://www.aces-society.org/conference/Monterey_2020

2020 International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (IEW)
March 29-April 2, 2020 – Grapevine, Texas (U.S.)
https://www.esda.org/events/international-esd-workshop-iew-with-irps-usa

2020 IEEE International Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering
May 12-14, 2020 – Chicago, Illinois (U.S.)
http://2020.psessymposium.org

2020 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
May 19-22, 2020 – Sidney, Australia
https://apemc2020.org.

EMC & Compliance International Exhibition & Workshops
May 20-21, 2020 – Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom
https://www.emcuk.co.uk

2020 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)
May 25-28, 2020 – Dubrovnic, Croatia
http://i2mtc2020.ieee-ims.org

IMS 2020 – 2020 International Microwave Symposium
June 21-26, 2020 – Los Angeles, California (U.S.)
https://ims-ieee.org/

Sensors Expo & Conference
June 22-24, 2020 – San Jose, California (U.S.)
https://www.sensorsexpo.com

2020 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Signal and Power Integrity
July 27-31, 2020 – Reno, Nevada (U.S.)
https://www.emc2020.emcss.org

EMC Europe 2020
September 7-11, 2020 – Rome, Italy
https://emceurope2020.org

2020 Electrical Overstress/Electrostatic Discharge Symposium
September 13-18, 2020 – Reno, Nevada (U.S.)
https://www.esda.org/events/42nd-annual-eosesd-symposium-and-exhibits

European Microwave Week 2020
September 13-18, 2020 – Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands
http://www.eumweek.com

The Battery Show
September 15-17, 2020, Novi, Michigan (U.S.)
https://thebatteryshow.com

42nd Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA)
November 1-6, 2020 – Newport, Rhode Island (U.S.)
https://amta2020.org


IEEE EMC Society 2020 Regional Events

2020 Chicago IEEE EMC Mini Symposium
May 12, 2020 – Chicago, Illinois (U.S.)
http://www.emcchicago.org

EMC Fest 2020
May 14, 2020 – Livonia, Michigan (U.S.)
https://www.emcsociety.org/wp/?page_id=35

2020 Minnesota EMC Event
September 24, 2020 – Bloomington, Minnesota (U.S.)
https://www.mnemcevent.com

SPCE 2020, IEEE Symposium on Product Compliance Engineering
October 19-20, 2020 – Portland, Oregon (U.S.)
Website under development. For more information, contact sbrody@ieee.org.


We hope this list will help you meet your professional development goals in 2020. Many additional events will be planned throughout the year, so be sure to check our events calendar at https://incompliancemag.com/event-directory 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, the In Compliance Electrical Engineering Resource Center (EERC) at https://incompliancemag.com/eerc.

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