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Sept 22-25, 2015

8:30 am – 5:00 pm daily


Washington Laboratories Ltd.
7560 Lindbergh Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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MIL-STD-461F Course Description

Learn Advanced Test Techniques with in-lab demonstrations of measurement and calibration methods. New in 2015! 461G Updates!

Approved on December 10, 2007, the newly released MIL-STD-461F supersedes MIL-STD-461E.
MIL-STD-461F testing will be presented, including details on each of the test methods and test article configurations. This course offers critical information for military compliance professionals, testing industry professionals, and developers involved with electronics systems development. Hands-on instruction in MIL-STD-461 test and measurement methods along with analysis of the test results will be covered.


The focus of this course is on performing the testing, reducing and understanding the data and managing test problems. It features practical methods-based instruction with laboratory measurements, demonstrations and hands-on performance of the tests.

Who Should Attend

• Test Engineers

• Test Technicians

• Anyone who interprets MIL-STD data

• Anyone who troubleshoots MIL-STD equipment

• MIL-STD Design Engineers

This course is recognized by iNARTE as one of their approved training courses related to EMC. In addition, the last day afternoon of the course is allocated for participation in the iNARTE examination if registrations are received from iNARTE.


Basic Concepts of Electromagnetic

Effects Terms and Definitions

EMI – The Problem

Measurement Units

The Decibel

Electromagnetic Environment




Data Item Descriptions

Managing your EMI/EMC test program

Emissions and Susceptibility

General concepts

Test Requirements and Methods

General Requirements

Facility requirements

Configuring the test article

Conducted Emissions

* CE101

* CE102


Conducted Susceptibility

* CS101






* CS114

* CS115

* CS116

Radiated Emissions

* RE101

* RE102


Radiated Susceptibility

* RS101

* RS103



Summary and Review


Detailed discussion for all test methods

Course Completion Certificate

Course and Reference Materials

Data Reduction Spreadsheets

* Test methods with group laboratory testing as part of the course.

The Instructor

Steve Ferguson


Steven G. Ferguson is Executive V.P. at Washington Laboratories, Ltd (WLL) and has been working in EMC, Safety, MIL-STD, Nuclear, Energy and related compliance engineering and test for over 35 years at test laboratories and manufacturers. His work includes designing products, developing procedures, performing tests and advising developers on routes and techniques for attaining product compliance.  He has been directly involved with EMC design and compliance evaluation for many systems including several power plants (facilities and equipment qualification), hospitals, presidential aircraft, the Space Shuttle and Hubble Space Telescope.  He presents various courses on EMI/EMC compliance including EMC for Nuclear Power Facilities, Architectural Shielding and a hands-on course MIL-STD-461 testing  at the WLL facility in Maryland and on-site for multiple government and industrial clients.  His work also includes EMC, Environmental and Safety evaluations for commercial, military and medical devices and training of hundreds of personnel on test and evaluation techniques.  He has authored several papers on equipment qualification and evaluation techniques with presentations at many conferences.  He is a member of the TR-102323 Working Group and supported preparation of Revision 4.


Registration fee is $2,200 per student.
Early registration: $2,100 per student (Register more than 30 days prior to a scheduled course start date to qualify)
Payment in advance via check, VISA or MasterCard preferred credit cards or bank transfer (ask for transfer details).

For registration and payment received one month prior to course, deduct $100.
For three or more participants from an organization and payment received one month prior to course, deduct $200 each. *Must enroll three or more participants simultaneously during registration in order to receive discount.

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