Advanced Electronics

Advanc4This class is a practical and industrial-applied state-of-the-art session for electrical engineers and electronics technicians who would like to refine and/or to broaden their knowledge of component functions, applications and of circuit operations.

The class will allow you to learn more about the realistic, practical, real-world applications of electronic components and circuits that were not taught to you in school.  You will better understand circuit designs, i.e., why does one use a metal film resistor instead of carbon comp, or why is there an added pull down resistor to the OE signal on that octal buffer, or why a logic device with hysteresis is utilized, or why do we insert a 10 uF cap in parallel with a 0.01 uF cap, etc.?

We understand your work is important to you and that you want the right training which meets your requirements. Therefore, we offer the flexibility to customize our training to address your specific needs.  Although a standard agenda is established for each class, on the first day of training, we will inquire you about your work, what you already know, and what you would like to learn so that we can tailor the class to your precise applications, as necessary. We want to provide you with the best, value-added training available, that is advantageous to you and to your organization.


What is power factor (PF) and why would it concern me? Why does the plant engineer wish to improve the PF for all the machines in his plant? How do we apply Kirchoff's Current and Voltage Laws to assist us in troubleshooting?


What failure modes are more likely to occur in each type of resistor? How does humidity affect resistors? Why would an engineer design, using a metal film vs. a carbon composition resistor? What is an NTC thermistor and how is it used? What about a PTC thermistor? What are the standard values of resistors?


How do I remember the anode and the cathode? How much forward voltage should I see on an LED, Zener, Schottky, Silicon, Germanium diode? What applications use Schottky diodes and why? How can diodes be used as transient suppression devices? What does a peak detector circuit do? What is a Transorb?


What are the different types of capacitors and why are certain ones used in certain circuits? What is the dielectric? What are ESR and ESL, and is it good for them to be large or small? What is dielectric absorption? Does a cap store charge? How can I calculate the size of a capacitor for a 0.5 second time constant filter? What do the schematics of a high pass filter and a low pass filter look like? How do caps add in parallel and series? What is feed forward? How do parasitic capacitors prevent my circuit from operating properly or causing it to oscillate?


What is ESR? How do I obtain the Q of an inductor? What types of cores are there in inductors? What is a ferrite bead? How do I easily make an isolation transformer?


How do I remember which is an NPN and a PNP? What is the efficient way that I can test a transistor, not only for shorts and opens, but also functionally with simply a DVM? What are linear, cutoff, and saturation? What are β, gain, and hfe? What is the Miller capacitance and why is it important? What is an SCR? What is a thyristor? Why is my SCR randomly turning on by itself? What is dv/dt turn-on? Why are there these big di/dt coils on the inverter circuit? What does CMOS stand for? What is a FET? What is an IGBT?


How can I easily understand any op-amp circuit schematic without remembering R1/R2 or (1+R1/R2)/R3 etc.? What are the various operating regions of op-amps? Why is positive feedback good to have? What are the names of the different op-amp circuits? What is "motor-boating" and what can I do to fix it? How do I easily troubleshoot op-amp circuits without shotgunning parts?


What is the difference among precision, resolution, accuracy, differential non-linearity and quantization? What is an LSB? What is two's compliment, and how is the software engineer using it in his/her code for the ADC? What is a flash ADC? What are the different applications for ADC's? The output of the ADC is tristate-able, but the engineer is using an HC244 after the ADC output, it seems like a wasteful use of components... is it? What is the DAC settling time? What are the input circuits, double buffered, read-back for DAC's? What do the various control signals do, and what should I expect on my logic analyzer? How much resistance will I see in a multiplexer? What is channel to channel cross-talk, and could it cause problems in my circuit?


Can we review the inverter, AND, OR, NAND, NOR, XOR, counters, comparators, decoders, buffers, latches, and flip-flops? What is a meta-stable state and will my circuit ever see one? Will my circuit fail if it sees a meta-stable state? What are the component families, RTL, DTL, TTL, BIPOLAR, ECL, S, LS, AS, ALS, F, FET, MOSFET, NMOS, PMOS, CMOS, HC, HCT, FCT, FACT, AC, ACT, BICMOS, LC2MOS, I2L? How do I test the digital circuits? What are RAM, SRAM, VRAM, NVRAM, ROM, PROM, EPROM, UVPROM, EEPROM, FLASH? What are the most common reasons for design errors to appear late in the production cycle? How can I assist in preventing these? What are derating guidelines?


Why does an engineer use a linear and not a switching power supply? What is a PWM? How is EMC a big concern for power supplies? Why are some of the supply outputs failing test and the others is fine after years in production? Why does the software engineer need to use the power down interrupt signal from the power supply?


Where should we insert the ground and test points? How do we partition the circuits? What are the different fault types? What is functional testing, in-circuit testing, and bed-of-nails? Why does the ICT use analog guarding? How does it function? Why is back-driving not functioning anymore? What is JTAG, boundary scan? How do I use logic probes, logic pulsers, current probes, logic analyzers, oscilloscopes. . .?

Class Details

Tuition: $2,925 per student (plus the appropriate NMGRT if taught in New Mexico), where NMGRT = New Mexico Gross Receipt Tax

Prerequisite: Our Basics of Electricity, DC CircuitsBasics of Electricity, AC Circuits and Basic Electronics classes or equivalent

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 ESD Specialist / Plant Auditor & Certified ESDA TR53 Technician by ESDA & Certified Professional Instructor (CPI) for National Instruments (NI) Multisim & Ultiboard programs)

Related classes: ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) Control for Electronics & Basics of Electricity, DC Circuits and AC Circuits

Class length: 3 days

Class size: 15 minimum

Class time: 8:30 AM to 5 PM (Mountain Time).  There is a 1-hour lunch (not included) scheduled from 12 PM to 1 PM daily.   There are 10-minute stretch breaks periodically throughout the day.

Class location: Please refer to the emailed registration confirmation that you received from Skolnik Tech upon your completion of class registration.  Thank you.  

What to bring: Pen/pencil and paper to take 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 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.

Various Comments from Past Attendees

"Our department's scrap and rework dramatically decreased as a direct result of our technicians attending your training class"
Test Supervisor - Honeywell DAS

"I liked the use of Electronics Workbench to illustrate points and the instructor's real life experience (with electronics) in the current world."
Engineer - Intel

"Lots of good info in a short time - Exposure to the practical side of electronics design and troubleshooting"
Engineer - Sandia National Laboratories

"I knew that I must take this seminar after a fellow technician found the source of the problem on my circuit in just two minutes after I spent two hours unsuccessfully locating it.  He said he knew how to find the problem because he took your electronics course."
Test Technician - Honeywell DAS

"Mr. Skolnik has a rare quality for breaking down the complexity of circuits into an easy-to-understand concept."
Test Technician - McDonnell Douglas

"I liked the instructor going through a circuit from start to end, input to output, with the explanation of what is happening in the circuit."
Technician - Los Alamos National Laboratory

"I liked the down-to-earth presentations the most."
Test Technician - Honeywell Home & Building Controls

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