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August 21, 2019 

Bill Brooks on Teaching PCB Design at Palomar College

Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine

Bill Brooks of Nordson ASYMTEK is a long-time PCB designer and one of the first people to teach PCB design courses in a college setting. He recently spoke with the I-Connect007 editorial team about his history in design and his time as a PCB design instructor, the curriculum he developed and taught, and various techniques that might be enacted today to better educate the designers of tomorrow.

Andy Shaughnessy: Bill, can you start by giving us a little background about yourself and how you got into PCB design?

Bill Brooks: My dad was a technician in the aerospace industry... More >

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Words of Advice: Your Company’s Design Process

In a recent survey, we asked PCB designers to describe their company’s design process: Is it a rigid workflow they follow to the letter, or a process that allows for their individual techniques? Of course, the comments were illustrative.

  1. Just another “herding indecisive cats” situation.
  2. I adapt to the customer’s requirements and standards, but my process remains the same.
  3. I am an independent contractor, so it tends to vary some based on the client.
  4. We wing it.
  5. There isn’t a clear workflow.

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Education and Training

This month, as the kids head back to school, we look into the growing opportunities for PCB design instruction. In this month’s first feature interview, Bill Brooks of Nordson ASYMTEK explains how he created and taught a PCB design course at Palomar College in Carlsbad, California, and details some of the hurdles he faced...

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