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PCB Testing Course


This intensive 5-day course offers a comprehensive overview of general electronic PCB (Printed Circuit Board) testing techniques. Participants will learn about various testing methods, tools, and best practices to ensure the quality and reliability of PCBs in electronic devices.

Day 1: Introduction to PCB Testing
• Course Introduction:
• Objectives and expectations.
• Overview of PCB testing.
• Importance of PCB Testing:
• Role of testing in quality assurance and reliability.
• Common defects and failures in PCBs.
• Types of PCB Tests:
• Functional, In-Circuit, and Environmental testing.
• Industry Standards and Regulations:
• IPC, IEEE, and other relevant standards.
• Compliance and certification.
Day 2: Tools and Techniques for PCB Testing
• Testing Instruments:
• Multimeters, Oscilloscopes, and Logic Analyzers.
• Introduction to Automated Test Equipment (ATE).
• Software Tools:
• PCB design and simulation software.
• Data acquisition and analysis tools.
• Visual Inspection Techniques:
• Identifying common defects.
• Using magnification and microscopy.
• Hands-On Lab:
• Practical session on visual inspection of sample PCBs.
Day 3: Electrical Testing Methods
• In-Circuit Testing (ICT):
• Principles and setup of ICT.
• Using ICT fixtures and probes.
• Functional Testing:
• Ensuring correct operation under specified conditions.
• Load testing and signal integrity testing.
• Physical and Electrical Testing:
• Continuity and insulation resistance testing.
• Hands-On Lab:
• Practical session on performing ICT and functional tests.
Day 4: Advanced Testing and Troubleshooting
• Boundary Scan Testing:
• Introduction to JTAG and boundary scan architecture.
• Creating and analyzing boundary scan tests.
• Signal Integrity Testing:
• Analyzing high-speed signals.
• Using TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) and VNA (Vector Network Analyzer).
• Troubleshooting and Debugging:
• Systematic approach to fault diagnosis.
• Common PCB failures and their symptoms.
• Hands-On Lab:
• Practical session on troubleshooting and debugging PCBs.
Day 5: Quality Assurance and Final Assessment
• Quality Assurance Processes:
• Implementing QA in PCB manufacturing.
• Documentation and reporting best practices.
• Review and Q&A:
• Recap of key concepts.
• Open session for questions and clarifications.
• Final Assessment:
• Practical test: Testing and troubleshooting a provided PCB.
• Written quiz covering the entire course material.
• Course Wrap-Up:
• Feedback and course evaluation.
• Certification ceremony.
Assessment and Certification
• Assessments:
• Daily quizzes and practical labs.
• Final practical test and written quiz.
• Certification: