Troubleshooting Electronics:

 

This training class is designed as a practical, industrial-applied session for electrical engineers and electronics technicians who would like to learn powerful, effective troubleshooting techniques of electronic circuits & systems, enabling them to continually enhance their troubleshooting skills and proficiency.

The students in this session will leave with a better understanding and an increased knowledge of the many valuable troubleshooting methods and best practices, as well as useful hints and tips that will help them to efficiently and successfully perform their work.

Our instructor understands that your work is important to you and that you want the right training which meets your requirements, and thatís why we offer the flexibility to customize our training to address your specific needs. 

Although a specific curriculum/agenda is presently established for each particular training class, on the first day of class, our expert trainer will inquire you about your work, what you already know, and what you would like to learn, to enable him/her to tailor the existing course to the precise needs of your job applications, as necessary. 

We want to provide you with the best, value-added training available, that is advantageous to you and to your business organization!

CLASS OVERVIEW

 

SAFETY:

Capacitor store charge, isolation transformer, voltage ratings on leads, floating a scope ground, laser, voltage measurement, use of Digital Multimeter (DMM), lock out tag out, etc.

 

FAILURE SYMPTOMS & FAILURE CAUSES:

Visual inspection, use of the five senses, manufacturing defects, infant mortality, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Electrical Overstress (EOS), etc.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING BASICS:

Equipment plugged in, powered on, fuse / circuit breaker, wall breaker, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) verified, emergency stop switch off, intermittent failure due to cold solder joint, loose connection, proper documentation with revision level matching Unit Under Test (UUT), etc.

 

TEST EQUIPMENT (FEATURES & BENEFITS):

Ohmmeter, continuity meter, diode checker, Inductance-Capacitance-Resistance (LCR) meter, Digital Voltmeter (DVM), oscilloscope, logic analyzer, boundary scan, Manufacturing Defects Analyzer (MDA), spectrum analyzer, logic probes, fault dictionary, circuit simulation, in-circuit tester, emulators, function generator, Arbitrary Waveform Analyzer (AWG), signature analyzer, Environmental Stress Screening / Highly Accelerated Stress Screening / Highly Accelerated Life Testing (ESS/HASS/HALT), functional, hi-pot, and ground continuity testers

 

FAILURE TYPES:

ESD, cold temperature, temperature transition, vibration, altitude, humidity, etc.

 

CURRENT & VOLTAGE MEASUREMENT:

Low impedance, in-line, inductive - AC & DC

Loading circuit, AC & DC, ripple, 1M resistor divider, speed & frequency maximum 

 

LATCH-UP REVIEW:

Latch-up examples, causes for latch-up, latch-up test analysis, latch-up failure analysis, latch-up circuit analysis, latch-up prevention

 

USING TEMPERATURE FOR TESTING & TROUBLESHOOTING:

Infrared thermometer, "Finger" test, liquid crystal paper

 

TROUBLESHOOTING DISCUSSION:

Op-amp, microprocessor, Programmable Logic Device (PLD), FLASH, parasitic components, resistor, capacitor, thermocouple, thermistor, fuse, switch,  circuit breaker, multivibrator, etc.

Noise, power supply, RS-232, EMC, cross-talk, ground loops, transmission line, hardware, software, firmware, PLD programming, I/O control, etc.

Device compatibility, Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS), low-volt logic, CMOS power dissipation, bus-hold features, derating guidelines, built-in test, failure analysis, etc.

 

BOUNDARY SCAN TESTING (BST):

Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) testing, IEEE 1149.1, boundary scan, scan cells & registers, instruction registers, Design For Testability (DFT) philosophy, Automatic Test Generation (ATG), BST benefits

 

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD (PCB) TESTING:

Bed of nails, scope probes, DIP clips, SMT clips, pin pitch, Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC)

 

POWER SUPPLY:

Switching power supply (input & output blocks, control block, and power block), linear power supply, linear regulator, inverter vs. converter, Common Mode Choke (CMCh), Pulse Width Modulator (PWM), Field-Effect Transistor (FET), power fail interrupt, multiple outputs 

 

DESIGN FOR TESTABILITY:

Correct insertion of ground & test points, circuit partitioning, different fault types, functional testing, in-circuit testing,   purpose & function of ICT analog guarding, non-functional back-driving, use of logic probes, logic pulsers, current probes, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, etc.

 

 

Tuition: $2,825 (plus the appropriate NMGRT if taught in New Mexico), where NMGRT = New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax

 

Handbook:  Included

 

Prerequisite: Our "Advanced Electronics" training class or equivalent knowledge and/or experience in electronics

Target Audience: Technicians, engineers, managers

Instructor: Jay Skolnik, PE (Professional Licensed Electrical Engineer & ESD Program Manager Certified by ESD Association & iNARTE ESDC Certified & IPC ESDC Certified Instructor & Active Member of ESD Association & Certified SH&A ESD Specialist / Plant Auditor & Certified ESDA TR53 Technician by ESDA & Certified Professional Instructor (CPI) for National Instruments (NI) for the NI Electronics Workbench MultiSIM & UltiBOARD programs)

    

Related Course:  Advanced Electronics

Class Length: 3 days

Class Exam:  None

Class Size: 10 minimum

Dates: (please click here for our training class schedule)

Times: 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. There is a 1-hour lunch (not included) scheduled from 12 P.M. to 1 P.M. each day. There is a 5-minute stretch break periodically throughout the day.

 

                                 Training Location:

                                        Staybridge Suites Albuquerque North

                                        5817 Signal Ave. NE

                                        Albuquerque, NM  87113 

                                        Phone: (877)238-8889 or (505)266-7829

 

                                Directions:

                                       From I-25, take the Alameda Exit 233 East bound.

                                       Turn right at the STOP sign from Alameda Blvd. onto San Pedro Dr.

                                       Turn right onto Signal Ave. from San Pedro Dr.

                                       The building address is 5817 Signal Ave. NE.

                                       Please enter through the main entrance of the facility and follow the Skolnik signs posted inside the building to arrive to the conference room.

 

What to bring: Pencil and paper for taking notes, and a calculator if you have one

What to wear: Casual, comfortable clothes

Inclement weather:  Should we experience inclement weather at any time during the training period, please check our web site at www.skolnik-tech.com or call us at (505) 299-1157 early in the morning on the class date prior to start of class, for instructions regarding the training schedule for that particular class date.  Thank you.

Registration: (please click here to register)

                                        Lodging Accommodation (for our valued out-of-town guests):

                                        Staybridge Suites Albuquerque North

                                        5817 Signal Ave. NE

                                        Albuquerque, NM  87113 

                                        Phone: (877)238-8889 or (505)266-7829

                                        http://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/albuquerque/abqar/hoteldetail

 

Various Comments from Past Attendees:

 

"Very detailed  class - Good coverage of most of all the electronic applications!  It covered many issues and is to the point.  I highly recommend this course for engineers and technicians at Honeywell."

Technician - Honeywell  

 

"The new troubleshooting approaches & techniques that were introduced in class are valuable.  I do learn a lot from your class."

Technologist - Sandia National Laboratories 

 

"What a great class! I really enjoyed just about everything.  It really helped clear out a few cobwebs & helped me see things with a different perspective."

Technician - Honeywell 

 

"The instructor is very knowledgeable about the materials and was able to relate them to real-world uses, as well as made the class fun and interesting."

Technician - Los Alamos National Laboratory 

 

"Very complete class - The basic theories were discussed as well as the more advanced and abnormal scenarios were examined."

Technologist - Sandia National Laboratories

 

"Class was presented very, very well - Good review and practical use of theory as well as hands-on. It was also enjoyable and easy to pay attention to!"

Technician - Los Alamos National Laboratory  

 

"Studying the useful functions and powerful features / benefits of the oscilloscope will definitely help me with my troubleshooting analyses."

Technologist - Sandia National Laboratories 

 

"Excellent class!  I learned many new and very good hints & tips."

Technician - Honeywell  

 

       Skolnik Technical is also an active member of the ESD Association.