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Oklahoma State University

Grounding and Shielding of Electronic Systems

16 Hours; 1.6 CEU’s; 16 PDH’s

Most engineers and technicians using or designing electronic systems have not had formal training concerning grounding and shielding techniques. Learning how to solve electromagnetic interference and signal integrity problems on the job can be very expensive for the employer and frustrating for the engineer. Most of the electromagnetic and circuit principles involved are simple. However, the complexity of many systems masks the logic and simplicity of possible solutions.

This course: treats signals as currents; explains fundamental grounding, shielding, and signal routing principles; clarifies troublesome terminology; and demonstrates many techniques for identifying and fixing electrical interference problems. The principles will be described as concepts rather than theoretical equations. The emphasis on concepts will make the course useful for people with a wide range of experiences. Several interference mechanisms and shielding techniques will be demonstrated.

Some of the Course Benefits

This course will help engineers and technicians to:

  • Use logical procedures, more than ‘trial-and error’, to reduce noise problems
  • Improve the signal integrity of high-speed digital waveforms
  • Reduce the time and cost required to meet emission and susceptibility specifications
  • Determine the optimum grounding technique for both safety and low noise
  • Recognize that all electrical interference problems are caused by four basic coupling mechanisms
    • conducted, magnetic fields, electric fields & electromagnetic waves
  • Determine the correct connection for the shield on a twisted pair cable.

The Registration Fee includes:

  • 16 hours of practical instruction.
  • All instructional materials for participants.
  • An OSU certificate of course completion indicating 1.6 CEU’s and 16 PDH’s for each participant
  • Hotel accommodations for the nights of Wednesday February 29th and Thursday March 1, 2011.Additional charges: to include extra night’s stay, long distance phone calls, meals, etc.. will be the responsibility of the participant. (Contact us if you need an additional night stay)
  • Morning and Afternoon Refreshments.
  • Evening meal on Thursday
  • Participant’s lunch for two days.


The class will start with administrative items at 0800, 1 March 2012 on the OSU campus and will end at 1700, 2 March 2012. A local area map and lodging options will be provided with registration.


Dr. Tom Van Doren is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) and a founding member of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory. He has conducted research and education in electromagnetic compatibility for the past 28 years. More than 18,000 engineers and technicians from 105 companies and government agencies have attended his “Grounding and Shielding” and “Circuit Board Layout” courses. Currently, 8 US and 9 foreign corporations are sponsoring EMC related research projects at the Missouri S&T EMC Laboratory. Dr. Van Doren has received two outstanding teacher awards from S&T, the Richard R. Stoddard award from the IEEE EMC Society for contributions to EMC technology and education, and he is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and Honored Life member of the EMC Society. Much of his professional work has been devoted to helping engineers understand, diagnose, and reduce signal integrity and electrical interference problems.