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PCB Design Education is a subject that is very important to me...  In March of 2000 I joined the IPC designers council and immediately got involved in the San Diego chapter activities. I went for my CID in 2001, became an instructor in 2002 and went after my CID+ in 2004. I have been teaching this profession since then as a CID instructor and also at the local community college. I can recommend no better profession to any young technician or drafter or engineer that wants to broaden their skills. Study, gain experience and get your certification, and you will be on the road to a long and satisfying career.


For more on getting your CID click here


March 2002

October 2002

Palomar College Class of 2002


May 2005


Del Mar Electronics Show 2005


CID Workshop Santa Ana, CA - Oct 13, 2007


There is a PCB Design Tutorial you can read at WWW.PCB123.com




And another at :





Also a great Article on the Basics of PCB design by Susy Webb



Also check out the Wikipedia website articles on Printed Circuit boards...




There are consultants that do training... and have great content on their websites...


Henry Ott Consultants - EMC specialist... tech tips


Doug Brooks of UltraCAD - great articles and information, Doug has been a very informative and helpful professional speaker and presenter at many of the PCB West and East shows, and runs a consulting design service in Washington State. He has authored numerous books on aspects of PCB design.   TO see his web page displaying his work click here ---> Doug Brooks Books


Mary Sugden - Founder of the Copper Connection - a PCB Design training facility in Santa Clara (Silicon Valley), California. Mary gave many lectures on design that were very educational and inspiring to designers that are still working today... She is a Master CID Instructor for the IPC designers Council and conducts certification workshops.

She retired from running the Copper Connection and sold the business to Premier Technology and they run the facility in Santa Clara to date.


Gary Ferrari and Rick Hartley -  Founders of Garrick Global Alliance a consulting and training organization. Gary and Rick have been active members of the Designers Council since it's creation in the 1990's. Both gentlemen have nurtured the organization into the international education central of the world for Printed Circuit Design. Between the two of them there are numerous published articles and presentations on various aspects of design and manufacturing.


Susy Webb - High Speed Design Basics - Design Education is Susy Webb's passion. She has lectured at PCB West and Designers Symposiums and has had many years of dedicated service to the Designers Council running the Education Committees and serving on the Executive Committee. Susy is a great resource for information on design.


Happy Holden - formerly at Westwood Associates and later at Asian Pacific Materials, Now with Mentor Graphics - Happy Holden is a prolific writer and source for much information on advanced printed circuit design.   More info on Mr. Holden.


Dieter Bergman - Director of Technology Transfer at the IPC. Dieter has been instrumental in getting the Designer Certification program to where it is today... he has participated in the development of specs, teaching materials, certification and standards and speaks at major events and conducts certification workshops. Here are some photos of Dieter at PCB East.

Joe Fjelstad - Silicon Pipe - Also a great speaker and writer... Joe's latest book on Flex Circuits is available online... Flexible Circuit Technology


Lee Ritchey - Author, teacher at UC Berkeley and speaker - President of the Speeding Edge.


Also - Check into shows put on for electronics design... here are a few:



PCB Design West

PCB Design East

IPC Designers Symposium


Del Mar Electronics Show  VTS.com Virtual Trade Shows




For my guide on PCB design select Guides from the menu on the left.


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The IPC Designers Council has approved curriculums in a number of colleges and training centers across the United states and abroad. To visit the IPC Designers council website and learn more about what opportunities exist in your area, <click here>.


  In the North San Diego County city of San Marcos, Palomar College offers a semester based 3 unit course in Printed Circuit Design using a high level PCB Design CAD  software as part of their Drafting Technology degree Program (Room E13). Classes will be  starting in the Spring and Fall at 6:pm to 9:00pm Tuesday and Thursday nights at Palomar College.



DT210 Printed Circuit Board Design 3 units

DT211 Advanced Printed Circuit Board Design 3 units


To look at the Palomar College website description <click here>.



Palomar College
1140 W. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, Ca 92069
Tel: 760-744-1150







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In the United Kingdom...


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In Texas,


Collin County Community College Dist.
Preston Ridge Campus
9700 Wade Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75035
P: 972-377-1700
F: 972-377-1718



In the Netherlands,


PIEK International Education Center (I.E.C.)
B.V. Schelsberg 111 - 113
P: +31-45-570-3333
F: +31-45-570-3320



And In Germany...


(German Language)

FED Fachverband Elektronik Design Martinstrasse
1 12167 Berlin GERMANY
Contact: Dr. Hartmut Poschmann
P: +49-30-834-9059
F: +49-30-834-1831




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