Introduction to Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Design

IPC introduces new learning certificate courses on Printed Circuit Board Design for those interested in circuit board design or for staff members who require a basic knowledge of PCB design. The courses are presented in two sessions, one six-week introduction course and one advanced learning eight-week session. Both courses present practical and theoretical applications for design. The courses are scheduled in the evening for your convenience, flexibility and to minimize conflicts with work schedules. As mentioned, the Introduction to PCB Design courses will be presented in two sessions; The IPC PCB Fundamentals 1 design course will focus on Schematic Capture and the basics of PCB design. The IPC PCB Fundamentals 2 design course will focus on PCB Layout with some advanced ideas from the first course. A certificate of completion will be provided to each person upon successful completion of each course.

Course Dates:

PCB Design 1: March 19 - April 25, 2019 (Tues-Thurs. 6:00-8:00 PM EST)

PCB Design 2: May 7 – June 27,2019 (Tues-Thurs. 6:00-8:00 PM EST)

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Program Description - IPC PCB Fundamentals Schematic Capture – PCB Design 1

In the highly competitive electronics industry, the knowledge and skills of staff directly responsible for schematic capture and design documentation can have a direct impact on successful design implementation and time to market. The online IPC PCB Fundamentals Course is designed to provide the skills necessary to create schematics that accurately capture the design intent and comply with IPC standards for schematic documentation. Taught by an IPC-certified industry expert with 25+ years of experience in the field, the six-week program utilizes interactive webinars, on-demand recorded class sessions, job-specific exercises, and team projects to facilitate mastery of the key concepts required by circuit board designers.

Learning and Performance Objectives

This program is designed to provide circuit board designers with a balanced foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in schematic capture and design documentation. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define and create schematic symbols and PCB footprints that comply with applicable

    IPC Standards

  • Create simple schematics for use in simulation and prototyping applications
  • Implement industry best practices for:
    • Schematic capture
    • Hierarchical design implementation
    • Documentation
    • Parts list generation
  • Recognize the trade-offs between the different schematic methodologies and when to use each type
  • Assess different component types and attachment methods
    • Differentiate when to use each type of component
  • Define standard schematic notes
    • Apply best practices in negotiating these terms with customers

Course Structure

  • Instructor and participants meet online twice per week from the comfort of their own home. 
  • Participants can view recorded online sessions to review course content and class discussions.
  • Participants apply key concepts to create a real-world design from concept to completion.
  • IPC will provide time limited access to the commercial software used during the course.
  • Course materials are accessible 24/7 on the new IPC Edge learning management system.
  • The course can be accessed on virtually any device with an Internet connection and major web browser, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer

Supplemental Materials (Not required)

  • Printed Circuit Handbook – Clyde F. Coombs McGraw-Hill
  • Right the First Time – Lee W. Ritchey Speeding Edge
  • Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Boards – Douglas Brooks Prentice Hall

Course Schedule – IPC PCB Fundamentals Schematic Capture

Week 1 – Introduction to PCB Design

Program overview outlining class schedule and options for accessing class material and assignments. An overview of the fundamentals of PCB Design and review of passive components. Lecture 1 will focus on passive components and basic electrical engineering equations.

Lecture 2 will provide an overview of the fundamentals of PCB fabrication and design.

  • No assignments in week 1

Week 2 – Component Library Concepts

Creation of library components, including schematic symbol and PCB footprint generation, component parameters, and simulation models.

Introduction of the project that will be created over the duration of the course.  

Assignment - Create component library -Complete by Week 3, Lecture 2

Week 3 – Basic Schematic Concepts

Proper structure and layout of a good schematic.

Key concepts include:

  • Page sequencing
  • Symbol placement
  • Net naming
  • Power / ground symbols
  • IPC standards

Assignment – Create simple schematic pages – Complete by week 4, lecture 2

Week 4 – Advanced Schematic Concepts

Advanced schematic concepts, including:

  • Port / off-sheet connections
  • Circuit reuse
  • Design hierarchy
  • Circuit simulation
  • Net classes
  • Design rules
  • Multi-channel design
  • Differential nets
  • Busses / wire harnesses

Assignment – Complete advanced schematic pages and create design hierarchy. Apply net classes and design rules to schematic pages. Complete by week 5, lecture 2

Week 5 – Schematic Documentation

Proper documentation of schematics and review application of IPC-26xx standards.

Key concepts include:

  • Use of standard title blocks
  • Standard page sequencing
  • Readability
  • Standard notes
  • ECO and revision history
  • Annotation methodology
  • Design rules
  • Parts lists

Assignment – Format and generate documentation package for design – Complete by week 6, lecture 2

Week 6 – Content review and Final Exam

Content review, submission of final project, and final exam – (Complete final exam during lecture 2, instructor will explain)

Assignment – Complete final design project package and documentation – Submit by week 6, lecture 2

Program Description – IPC PCB Fundamentals PCB Layout – PCB Design 2

In the highly competitive electronics industry, the knowledge and skills of staff directly responsible for the design and layout of the printed circuit board (PCB) and printed board assembly (PBA) can have a direct impact on the success or failure of the product design and impact time to market. The IPC PCB fundamentals course 2 is designed to provide the skills necessary to create PCB/PBA design that accurately implement the design intent, create all necessary design rules, and comply with all necessary IPC standards. Taught by an IPC-certified industry expert with 25+ years of experience in the field, the eight-week program utilizes interactive webinars, on-demand recorded training, job-specific exercises, and team projects to facilitate mastery of the key concepts required Circuit Board Designers in the electronics industry.

Learning and Performance Objectives

This program is designed to provide circuit board designers with a balanced foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in printed circuit board design. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define and create DRC rules to the appropriate IPC Standards
  • Create Rigid and Rigid-Flex boards to meet a wide variety of applications
  • Implement industry best practices for:
    • Manufacturability
    • Reliability
    • Documentation
    • Manufacturing file generation
  • Recognize the trade-offs between the different layout types and when to use each type
  • Assess different component types and attachment methods
    • Differentiate when to use each type of component
  • Define standard PWB and CCA notes
    • Apply best practices in negotiating these terms with customers

Course Structure

  • Instructor and participants meet online twice per week from the comfort of their own home. 
  • Participants can view recorded online sessions to review course content and class discussions.
  • Participants apply key concepts to create a real-world design from concept to completion
  • IPC will provide time limited access to the commercial software used during the course.
  • Course materials are accessible 24/7 on the new IPC Edge Learning Management System.
  • The course can be accessed on virtually any device with an Internet connection and major web browser, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer

Supplemental Materials (Not required)

  • Printed Circuit Handbook – Clyde F. Coombs McGraw-Hill
  • Right the First Time – Lee W. Ritchey Speeding Edge
  • Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Boards – Douglas Brooks Prentice Hall

Course Schedule – IPC PCB Fundamentals PCB Layout

Week 1 – Basic PCB Layout

Program overview outlining class schedule and options for accessing class material and assignments. Lecture 1 will focus on the basics of PCB layout, including rigid through-hole boards and analog vs. digital designs. Lecture 2 will focus on basic placement and routing strategies for single and double-sided designs.

Assignment - No assignment this week

Week 2 – Advanced PCB Layout

Advanced concepts in PCB layout, including multi-layer routing, stackup design, impedance control, planar capacitance, sheet resistance, and design rules.

Introduction of the project that will be created over the duration of the course.  

Assignment – Use project from IPC PCB Fundamentals 1 to define net classes, import parts into PCB file and define DRC rules. – Complete by Week 3, Lecture 2

Week 3 – PCB Materials

Materials used to build a PCB. Key concepts include:

  • Mechanical and electrical properties
  • Resins and foils
  • Solder mask
  • Legend
  • IPC standards

Assignment – Place ley components in the board and pre-route rooms for repeated circuits. – Complete by Week 4, Lecture 2

Week 4 – Signal Integrity

Signal integrity concepts, including:

  • Overshoot / undershoot
  • Cross-talk
  • Rise time / fall time
  • Transmission lines - introduction
  • Signal propagation

Assignment – Place all remaining circuits/repeated channels on board. – Complete by Weeks 5, Lecture 2

Week 5 – Transmission Lines

Transmission lines, EM fields, and EMI/RFI reduction techniques. Key concepts include:

  • What actually flows in the trace
  • How to define a transmission line
  • Distributed model of a Transmission line
  • Emi / RFI and reduction techniques

Assignment – None

Week 6 – Flex Circuits

Flex-Circuit design. Lecture 1 will be a review of the differences between the requirements for rigid boards vs flex boards. Lecture 2 will be a simple project on how to define a flex design.

Assignment – Complete design project package – Submit by Week 7, Lecture 2

Week 7 – Documentation

Proper documentation of PWB’s and CCA’s. Review application of IPC-26xx standards. Key concepts include:

  • Use of standard title blocks.
  • Standard page sequencing.
  • Readability
  • Standard notes
  • ECO and revision history
  • Annotation methodology
  • Design rules
  • Separate Parts lists
  • Assembly drawing
  • PWB drawing
  • Dimensioning
  • Call-out / flag-notes

Assignment – Format and generate documentation and manufacturing packages for bot PCB and CCA – Complete by Week 8, Lecture 2

Week 8 – Flex Circuits

Content review, submission of final project, and final exam.

Lecture 1 will be review. Lecture 2 will be final exam

Final Exam – Complete final exam during Lecture 2

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