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Continuing Education

Production Electronics   

An industry focused basic electronics and PCB design course
3.5 Credits

This is a 10 week program on the study of electronic components, schematics, circuit design, PCB manufacturing, and troubleshooting at all stages. If you're curious about electronics, looking to get into a different job, trying to pass basic exams, or just into building your own creations, this might be the class for you.

This is very much a beginner electronic course, so you don't have to worry about having any previous background. Our goal is to help people that haven't dealt much with electronics previously, to understand these topics so they might transition into different jobs, careers or even develop their own products in this rapidly approaching technology focused future. Mechatronics, robotics and automation are all becoming regularly spoken words and jobs in the design and maintenance of these systems are showing up more frequently. Take a look at companies like Festo, Kuka and Boston Dynamics, advanced machining centers, pick and place machines, warehouse robots, and the young people in FIRST Robotics and you'll get a clear look at where our manufacturing and assembly jobs are headed.

Following our typical methodology, the course topics will be delivered in the most practical way possible using primarily all modern techniques. This means we stay firmly grounded in industry application and have as many hands on labs as we can. As with typical electronic programs students are taught all the basic components, their schematic symbols, and how they’re used in circuit, but where this course differs, is that in order to create a more realistic job focused environment, we treat most class exercises as though they were a production job. This means designing the circuit and circuit board, choosing components, soldering (mostly surface mount components), and testing for proper function. Frequently, labs will include problem boards that students need to troubleshoot and come up with corrective action.

Students will learn the proper techniques for good soldering, how the equipment works, what’s a good soldering station, and how to keep it in excellent working order. We will also use hot air rework stations for soldering and desoldering various ICs (Integrated Circuits). As practice, PCBs from old devices will be handed out for students to desolder. Adding extra complication to these labs, they'll also have to try to find datasheets online for many of the components they remove and describe their function.

Wiring and cabling is also a necessary part of connecting electronics but there are hundreds of choices. We’ll teach students how to navigate the various online distributors for the parts needed to build their cabling/connection and then build it up and test it in class. This will often include soldering the connections, using heat shrink tubing for shielding, and potting compounds for environmental protection.

And lastly, throughout the course electronic test equipment will be used to troubleshoot and validate all circuit designs. This will primarily include, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, and bench power supplies.

Class Topics

Basic Electronics
  • Recognizing components schematic symbols
  • Using breadboards
  • Soldering
  • Safety
  • Types of solder
  • Hot air rework station
  • Understanding how to use flux / rosin when soldering
  • Component datasheets
  • Circuit troubleshooting
  • Desoldering techniques

Electronic Test Equipment
  • Digital multimeter
  • Oscilloscope
  • Bench Power Supply
  • LCR Meter

Testing and Troubleshooting
  • Initial steps to identifying a problem
  • Visual inspection
  • How to test components outside a circuit
  • How to test components in a circuit
  • Checking current usage
  • Reverse engineering PCB to schematic
  • Using heat to identify issues (thermal imaging and similar)

PCB Design
  • Working with electronic design software
  • PCB routing
  • Learn how to find available part from online distributors
  • Evaluating component datasheets for proper size and function
  • Saving files properly for PCB manufacturing services
  • Understanding how to use PCB manufacturing services

Cabling and Connectors
  • Wire joints
  • Creating simple wire bundles / harnesses
  • Soldering and testing electronics connectors
  • Using potting compounds and conformal coatings for connectors and PCBs
  • Using shrink tube for wiring and wire bundles

Electronic Concepts
  • Ohms Law
  • Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws
  • Lenz’s law
Using Microcontrollers
  • basic microcontroller programming (C/C++)
  • Understanding when to use a microcontroller

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The Business Training Center of Edmonds Community College has been "off-campus" in the heart of the community providing practical industry focused education since 1998.