MIL-STD-461F (G) Test Methods and Compliance – Virtual Webinar Live

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$975 per person


Military and Aerospace Systems must comply with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements. MIL-STD-461G is applied to Department of Defense (DoD) procurements for equipment and subsystems and RTCA DO-160G is the EMC certification standard for commercial aviation. The EMC test and evaluation requirements have a lot of similarity and this course takes advantage of that similarity through instruction that combines the two standards.

MIL-STD-461G test and evaluation methods will be presented, including system requirements, general requirements, test article configurations, and documentation. This course offers critical information for military compliance professionals, testing industry professionals, and developers involved with electronics systems development. Instruction for each of the MIL-STD-461 test and measurement methods along with analysis of the test results will be covered.

DO-160G methods are integrated into the course by looking at the differences for requirements that are fundamentally alike during that method’s discussion, along with supplementing the course material with DO-160G test methods that are not part of MIL-STD-461G.

This 3-day (approximately 7-hours/day) course provides detailed focus on performing the testing, reducing and understanding the data and managing test problems. It features practical methods to address the complexity of the standard configuration along with concepts to manage the unusual product types. The attendees are part of the laboratory tests where they participate in accomplishing the test to enhance retention of the material presented in the course.

What you will learn:

  • Details on test methods, purpose, test execution, data reduction and analysis
  • How to prepare for the test and configuration management
  • Tailoring the test approach to meet unique product evaluation needs
  • How to assess operation of automated test equipment for proper operation
  • How to develop alternative approaches to overcome technical obstacles
  • How to obtain data to guide design changes to resolve compliance issues

Course is designed for:

EMC Test Engineers and Technicians
Program/project managers responsible for EMC evaluation oversight
Anyone who interprets EMC data or troubleshoots EMC issues
Design engineers responsible for EMC

Course Outline:

  1. Basic Concepts of Electromagnetic Effects
  2. Terms and Definitions
  3. EMI – The Problem
  4. Measurement Units (The Decibel)
  5. Electromagnetic Environment
  6. Standards: MIL-STD-464C, MIL-STD-461G, DO160G
  7. Data Item Descriptions (Control Plans, Test Procedures, Test Reports)
  8. Managing your EMI/EMC test program
  9. Emissions and Susceptibility, General concepts
  10. Interface Requirements / Facility requirements
  11. Configuring the test article
  12. Instrumentation
  13. Test Methods (MIL-STD-461G)
  14. Conducted Emissions

o CE101, CE102*, CE106

o Section 21

  1. Conducted Susceptibility

o CS101*, CS103, CS104, CS105, CS109, CS114*, CS115, CS116*, CS117, CS118

o Sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25

  1. Radiated Emissions

o RE101, RE102*, RE103

o Sections 15, 21

  1. Radiated Susceptibility

o RS101, RS103, RS105

o Section 20

  1. Power Quality

o Section 16

  1. Summary and Review

* Test methods planned for laboratory sessions.


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  • Steven G. Ferguson is the owner of Compliance Direction, LLC and has been working in the compliance test arena for over 40 years at test laboratories and manufacturing companies designing products, developing procedures and performing tests. He presents various courses on EMI/EMC compliance including EMC for Nuclear Power Facilities, architectural Shielding and this course on MIL-STD-461 & DO-160 testing at customer facilities on-site for multiple government and industrial clients. He holds an iNARTE EMC engineer certification.

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