Courses and training for those interested in circuit board design can be found at many postsecondary institutions through certificate, associate and bachelor's degree programs in electronics technology and engineering-related fields. Some schools may also offer relevant courses on their own as credit or non-credit courses, often through their continuing education and/or workforce development departments.
Here are some of the major concepts encountered in circuit board design courses:
- Circuit drafting guidelines
- Circuit design principles
- Using design software
- Electrical equipment production
- Component selection
List of Common Courses
Printed Circuit Board Layout Course
This training course offers students the opportunity to explore different aspects of circuit board design. Main topics of instruction include drawing and drafting guidelines, along with single- and double-sided printing and design techniques. Students examine methods for circuit board layout.
Computer-Aided and Circuit Design Course
Special projects, lectures and required exercises constitute the elements of this course. Participants learn how to use software applications to design and structure a circuit board and the functional parts necessary for successful performance. Students develop an understanding of industry guidelines which govern fabrication.
Electronics Engineering Fabrication Course
Topics of this class include packaging procedures and methods of electrical equipment production. Lab work explores the tools and selection processes of electrical components. Students discuss the importance of connectors and specific hardware.
Advanced Electronic Circuit Design Course
This course addresses the advanced issues and concerns that may be encountered in the area of circuit board design, such as multilayering, surface mounting and high-speed circuitry. Students gain knowledge of progressive applications and technology utilizing computers and software to complete drafting exercises.