Certain military and naval facilities, many MIL suppliers and numerous commercial suppliers of electronic and other high-reliability hardware have invested in environmental test labs intended to experimentally verify that electronic and commercial equipment will work reliably in environmentally- stressful service. Climatic chambers for temperature, altitude, humidity, sand-and-dust, salt spray and other climatic environment stressing. Shakers, shock test machines and reverberant acoustic chambers for dynamic environment stressing.
Designers of that electronic and commercial equipment should understand the preproduction environmental tests their new products will undergo. Appropriate university training does not exist. Who will operate these chambers, shakers, shock test machines and reverberant facilities? Supervisors of test engineers and technicians find that appropriate university training does not exist.
A small firm located at Santa Barbara, California, Equipment Reliability Institute, ERI, has since 1996 offered appropriate short courses. “Closed” or “on site” ERI courses meet at military, naval and supplier facilities, training groups of test engineers and technicians. A high point of ERI’s vibration test training, for example, utilizes one of the facility’s electrodynamic shakers for hands-on practical training. Designers and test personnel gather round and participate. Two problems: the necessarily high cost of such training and interference with test schedules. Most “open” ERI courses meet at commercial environmental test labs such as NTS or National Technical Systems. Individual designer and test personnel participants are sent by their military service and MIL supplier employers. Two problems: the necessarily high cost of such training and instructor and participant travel expense, also interference with test schedules.
Can ERI teach this material without participants or instructor travel? Yes. See http://equipment-reliability.com/training/distance-learning also Apple’s http://goo.gl/c3gPdv
Wayne Tustin Equipment Reliability Institute Santa Barbara, California