Altium Kicks Off Electronic Design Program

This hands-on course takes college students from the basics of electronics to designing their first printed circuit board (PCB).

This hands-on course takes college students from the basics of electronics to designing their first printed circuit board (PCB).

Altium Education’s curriculum supplements engineering classes and offers professors the ability to incorporate it into their current lesson plans. Image courtesy of Altium.


Altium has launched Altium Education, a free online curriculum and certification program for college and university students interested in engineering and electronics design. This hands-on course takes college students from the basics of electronics to designing their first printed circuit board (PCB).

Designed for virtual, hybrid, and physical classrooms, Altium Education’s curriculum supplements engineering classes and offers professors the ability to incorporate it into their current lesson plans.

“Understanding prototyping skills is a necessary step for Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) students,” says Siddharth Deliwala, director, ESE Lab Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. “Altium Education’s course provides the perfect introduction to PCB design that I need to help prepare my students for advanced engineering courses. All of our engineering students should take this web-based curriculum.”

The program features hands-on lessons focused on schematics, design layout and manufacturing. Students will receive guided instruction that culminates in the completion of their own manufacturable PCB. To support professors and teachers, an educator’s guide is provided. A free license of Altium Designer ECAD software, is included for any college and university student enrolled in the course.

Upon course completion, students will obtain a certificate signifying that they have successfully completed Altium’s Education course covering the fundamentals of PCB design. This course broadens their skill set and helps prepare students for their entry into a professional engineering career.

“Our mission with Altium Education is to provide college-level curriculum and professional tools that introduce students to the art, science, and technology involved in the design of printed circuit boards,” states Rea Callender, vice president of Education. “Our hope with Altium Education is to build and expand the talent in the world of electronics design.”

Altium Education is now available to college and university students and professors looking to supplement their engineering curriculum. Units can be taken consecutively or in order of interest within traditional university and college courses, such as fundamentals of electrical engineering, power electronics, robotics system design, alternative energy, and microwave electronics.

For more information visit Altium Education, You can also learn more about the free PCB design curriculum on the Altium OnTrack podcast.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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