MIL-STD-461G / RTCA DO-160G EMC Test Methods and Compliance – Virtual Webinar Live

Course Length:



$2090 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 4-day (approximately 8-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. Military and Aerospace Systems must comply with Electromagnetic
Compatibility (EMC) requirements.
This is an iNARTE approved training course and qualifies for CPD credits
required for continuing certification. If you are not iNARTE certified, Compliance
Direction can provide guidance on obtaining your certification.

Who should attend:

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:

Basic Concepts of Electromagnetic Effects
Terms and Definitions
EMI – The Problem
Measurement Units (The Decibel)
Electromagnetic Environment
Standards: MIL-STD-464C, MIL-STD-461G, DO160G
Data Item Descriptions (Control Plans, Test Procedures, Test Reports)
Managing your EMI/EMC test program
Emissions and Susceptibility, General concepts
Interface Requirements / Facility requirements
Configuring the test article
Test Methods (MIL-STD-461G)
Conducted Emissions
o CE101, CE102, CE106
o DO-160: Section 21
Conducted Susceptibility
o CS101, CS103, CS104, CS105, CS109, CS114, CS115, CS116*, CS117, CS118
o DO-160: Sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25
Radiated Emissions
o RE101, RE102, RE103
o DO-160: Sections 15, 21
Radiated Susceptibility
o RS101, RS103, RS105
o DO-160: Section 20
Power Quality
o DO-160: Section 16
Summary and Review


    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,
    Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (EEE) and this course on MIL-STD-461 testing at
    customer facilities on-site for multiple government and industrial clients. He holds an iNARTE
    EMC engineer certification.

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