PCEA Current Events

PCB Design Training Classes for 2024 Announced

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – PCEA Training is offering three upcoming training classes in 2024 over a span of five days (one class per week) for printed circuit engineers, layout professionals, and other individuals currently serving in the design engineering industry or seeking to get into it. The one-day-per-week class schedule varies from previous iterations in which classes were held five straight days.

Upcoming class dates include:

  • Class 1: Feb. 5, 12, 20, 26, March 4
  • Class 2: April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3
  • Class 3: June 14, 17, 21, 24, 28

These instructor-led classes cover the gamut of printed circuit design engineering, from layout, place and route to specifications and materials to manufacturing methods. Schematic capture, signal integrity and EMI/EMC are also part of the comprehensive program.

There are no prerequisite requirements to enroll. Upcoming classes will be held online. All courses are led by experienced instructors.

Registration fees include a copy of Printed Circuit Engineering Professional, a 400-page handbook on circuit board design authored by Michael Creeden, Stephen Chavez, Rick Hartley, Susy Webb and Gary Ferrari.

The course includes an optional certification exam recognized by the PCEA.

For information about the course overview, class format, and materials to prepare in advance for the class, visit pceatraining.net/course-overview.

For information about the instructors of the course and authors of the course material, visit pceatraining.net/instructors-authors.

To enroll, visit pceatraining.net/registration for the next available class or email pceatraining@pcea.net for additional information. Article ending bug

PCB West 2024 Opens Booth Space to All Vendors

PEACHTREE CITY, GA – The exhibition floor for PCB West 2024 is now open to any interested company, the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (PCEA) announced in late October.

The show floor is expected to sell out, show organizers added, as booth space is now open to companies that did not exhibit last year.

Booth sales opened in mid-October to returning exhibitors, and the show floor is currently more than 50% sold out.

“PCB West has sold out nine of the past 10 years, and we fully expect it to do so again,” said Frances Stewart, vice president of sales and marketing at PCEA. “Attendance at the show was up 5% year-over-year in 2023, and attendees have noted the access to vendors and each other as the primary reasons why they come to PCB West.”

PCB West will be held Oct. 8-11, 2024, at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. The event includes a one-day exhibition on Oct. 9.

For more information about PCB West, visit pcbwest.com. Article ending bug

PCEA Current Events

National. PCEA will hold a series of free webinars for members over the coming months. Topics include AI in electronics, component research and parts introduction, PCB material properties and how they affect design and processability, and additive manufacturing. Check the PCEA website calendar for updates.

Ontario (Canada). The chapter is planning an event in December. The likely speaker is Ata Syed, who is continuing a series on flex circuits.

Portland (OR). The chapter held a planning session in October as it prepares for its 2024 calendar.

San Diego. The chapter is looking for a meeting location. It is also on the lookout for guest speakers.

Silicon Valley. The chapter’s next meeting is on Nov. 16. Cadence Design Systems will be hosting and sponsoring lunch. Michael Catrambone, product engineering architect for Cadence Allegro PCB products, is the speaker. Article ending bug