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Printed Circuit Engineering Designer

The Printed Circuit Engineering Designer Program is an indispensable program geared towards engineers choosing to, or moving, in the direction of a career that includes printed circuit engineering layout design. This professional development program was developed by experienced PCE subject-matter-experts to bridge the gap between the knowledge gained at a college level and the practical experience required in this constantly growing technical field.

Recommended for both an engineering/layout beginner and a great refresher and indispensable reference tool for the expert, this 40-hour, lectured course not only covers the fundamentals of schematic capture, signal constraints, component placement, routing, flex, HDI, documentation, signal integrity application, and post processing. This curriculum continues beyond these core principles to encompass a complete understanding of all the elements that go into the fabrication, assembly, and test of a printed circuit board.

This program will utilize a textbook that can be referenced throughout a professional career covering all the elements that go into the development of printed circuit boards. It is important to understand the nuances of design circuitry, incorporating them into the latest and ever evolving processes and techniques used in manufacturing. Armed with this knowledge and expertise, designers can work to elevate their skill levels and prepare them to develop reliable next generation printed circuit boards with low cost and high yield.

This program has been carefully crafted by some of the most recognized industry leaders in the printed circuit engineering/design world and allows attendees to capitalize on their experience and expertise gained through decades of design problem solving.

PCEA Certification (optional & coming soon)

This program helps to prepare for the PCEA Certification Exam. Candidates who successfully pass the exam will become industry certified by the Printed Circuit Engineering Association as a Certified Printed Circuit Designer (CPCD).


  • Additional fee required for PCEA Certification Testing.
  • Completion of this program does not guarantee successfully passing the certification exam. Remember to study.

Evening Classes

Having difficulty fitting in a week of full day classes into your schedule? This program is being offered as evening classes, three (3) nights per week for four (4) weeks. Check the schedule below for dates and times.

About Printed Circuit Engineering Association

The Printed Circuit Engineering Association™ (PCEA) is an international network of engineers, designers, fabricators, assemblers, and anyone related to printed circuit development. Their mission is to promote printed circuit engineering as a profession by encouraging and facilitating the exchange of information and the integration of new design concepts through communications, seminars, and workshops.Click Here To Learn More….

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Everyone who successfully completes the program will receive:

  • Printed Circuit Engineering Professional Manual
  • EPTAC’s Certificate of Attendance


  • Printed Circuit Engineering Layout – Profession Overview
  • Basic Fabrication and Assembly – Materials and Process
  • Basic Electronics in a PCB – Fundamental Understanding and Concepts
  • Project Management (PM) – Enabling Project Success and Accountability.
  • Communication – The Value all throughout the Process
  • Libraries to Bill of Material (BOM) – Integrated Library: Symbols, Land Patterns
  • Surface Mount and Thru-Hole Technology – Components and Process
  • Schematic Types and Conventions – Functional, Logic, Flat and Hierarchal
  • Schematic Symbol Placement – Orderly Circuits Improve Comprehension
  • Schematic Review – Complete and Accurate


  • Circuit Board Types – Rigid, Flex and Printed Electronics
  • PC – MIL Standards and Specifications – Reference Listing of Standards
  • Verification, Testing, Compliance and Quality Assurance – Accuracy
  • Mechanical Board Information – Physical Requirements
  • Database Links and Iterative Data Exchange – Development Iterations
  • Set Up Board Parameters – CAD – Working environment
  • Stackup Design – Z-Axis Relationship
  • Constraints and Rules – Define and Implement Accurate Reliability
  • Placement for Assembly – Performance and Buildability
  • Placement of Components – Solvability, Performance and Manufacturing


  • Schematic Driven Placement – Integrated Cross-probing
  • Placement Dense Digital Circuits – Large Scale Integration
  • Placement Mixed Circuit (RF/HSD/PDN) – Independently Together
  • Placement Review Milestone – Approval to Proceed into Routing
  • General Overview of Routing – Fundamental Parameters
  • Routing Dense Digital Circuits – Modular Approach
  • Routing with Signal Integrity Applications – Managing Energy Fields
  • Routing Power Delivery – Source, Distribution and Usage
  • Routing RF Circuits – Managing Dissipation and Loss
  • Routing Review Milestone – Approval to Proceed into Routing


  • Flex and Rigid-Flex Technology – Overview and Introductions to FPC
  • Flexible Printed Circuit Types and Applications – IPC & Industry Overview
  • FPC Stack-up Materials and Constructions – Properties and Process
  • Production Process Consideration – Process Flow Overview
  • Conductive Finishes – Overview of Types and Process
  • Stiffeners – Types and Applications
  • Silkscreen and Back-annotation – Providing Visual Intelligence
  • Industry Standards – Design, Document and Build Compliance
  • Post-processing Procedure – Know What to Expect at Your Company
  • Manufacturing Deliverables – Formats and Creation Process


  • Transfer to Manufacturer – Manufacturing Interface
  • Energy Movement in Circuits – Introductory Overview of EM Theory
  • Critical Frequencies in Circuits on PC Boards Frequency and Rise Time (Tr)
  • Understanding Impedance of Transmission Lines – Layout Modifications
  • Impedance Control of Transmission Lines – Controlling Layout Impedance
  • Controlling Impedance of Digital ICs – Controlled – Set to Specific Values
  • Controlling Noise Margin – Critical Lengths Understanding
  • Crosstalk and Cross-coupling – Capacitive and Inductive Coupling
  • Controlling Timing of High Speed Lines – Timing Matched, not Length

This Program is delivered in English only.

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