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The hands-on experience is invaluable
jensoft1   1/8/2014 10:20:45 PM
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I worked my way through the class as a beta-tester. I started with no EDA experience and at this point have had one small 2-sided board produced (at OSHpark) which worked perfectly and am in the beginning process of a more complex one.

I picked up many tips I know I wouldn't have learned had I simply attacked it on my own -- regardless the resources on YouTube and the Internet -- learning from an EE professional is invaluable!

I'm waiting impatiently for the next session of the class.

Highly recommended!

 

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Re: The hands-on experience is invaluable
Caleb Kraft   1/9/2014 9:58:17 AM
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Thanks for the quick review! This class does seem to be perfect for many people. I'm pretty excited about the potential here.

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Re: The hands-on experience is invaluable
ChrisGammell_CE   1/9/2014 12:03:51 PM
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I am too, but for obvious reasons! Thanks for writing about it!

I think a key sector that a lot of EETimes readers might consider is training new hires. There really aren't lots of corporate budgets for training these days, but CE is affordable and should cover a practical skill that many engineers need to learn to operate on the job. What's more, most companies can't take the risk of letting a junior engineer potentially screw up a product for the sake of learning...this course allows them to mess up on their own time! ;-)

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Re: The hands-on experience is invaluable
ChrisGammell_CE   1/9/2014 12:05:28 PM
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Also to clarify a little bit, KiCad is completely open source. So while you are correct that the license is "included", it is available for anyone even if they don't take the class.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: The hands-on experience is invaluable
Caleb Kraft   1/9/2014 12:07:59 PM
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good point about KiCad, an obvious oversight on my part.



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