Whitten Consulting, LLC

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Our Mission

Whitten Consulting offers skills and workmanship training programs for electronic manufacturing and repair industries.  We are committed to bringing training classes that will allow individuals to improve and update their skill sets in meeting the challenges of today’s electronics.  With over 30 years' experience in both manufacturing and field repair, we are able to give your employees comprehensive training that will increase production while improving quality.

The training programs are supported with workbooks, PowerPoint presentations, overheads and other media content.  Students are tested for comprehension and evaluated throughout the program.  Hands-on learning supplements the lectures.  Test boards evaluate their skills.  Certificates are provided to students passing the final test and successfully completing the course.

To ensure a high quality and successful training experience, class sizes are typically six or fewer students.  For scheduling and pricing information, please email sales@whittenconsulting.com.  Let Whitten Consulting know what your training needs are and the number of students that will be attending.  All training is done on-site at your facility.

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Our Services

Manufacturing Standards Training

IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies

The IPC-A-610 workmanship standard is a compilation of visual quality acceptability requirements for electronic assemblies.  It describes materials, methods and acceptability for producing quality soldering interconnections and assemblies.  For your business to perform reliable quality work, operators and technicians must have the knowledge to identify the conditions that constitute acceptance, rejection or nonconforming defects.  This training will enhance the student's discrimination skills by improving the accuracy of discrimination between an "acceptable" or "not acceptable" electronic assembly.  It will also teach the students the reasons for the accept/reject criteria to enhance their motivation and ability to consistently (and correctly) apply the discrimination criteria.  This is a widely used standard and has an international reputation as the single source for end product acceptance.

IPC-A-610 Worker Proficiency Certification requires 24 hours of class time.  Successful completion of the final examination results in 24 month IPC Certification.

IPC-7711/21  Repair, Rework and Modification of Electronic Assemblies

IPC-7711 and 7721 prescribes the procedural requirements, tools, materials and methods to be used in the modification, rework, repair or restoration of electronic assemblies.  Industry approved techniques are taught for both surface mount and through hole rework, land, conductor and laminate repair.  Other training topics include handling assemblies, wire splicing, SMT component removal/installation, heating methods and conformal coating.  This training will provide the knowledge and technical skills to avoid third party repairs and/or scrapping assemblies with expensive components.

IPC-7711 Rework Operator Proficiency Certification requires 24 hours and IPC-7721 Repair Operator Proficiency Certification requires 16 hours of class time.  Successful completion of the final examination results in 24 month IPC Certification.

J-STD-001 Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies

J-STD-001 is the recognized authority for electronics assembly.  The student learns what materials, methods and verification criteria is required to produce high quality soldered interconnections.  The importance of process control for repeatability and quality is emphasized.  This training is comprised of five one day modules and typically requires two to five days dependent upon the needs of the student.  Modules include: 1-General Requirements, 2-Terminals and Posts, 3-PTH Technology, 4-SMT Technology and 5-Inspection Technology.

J-STD-001 Operator Proficiency Certification includes Module 1 plus one additional module and requires 16 hours of class time.  Successful completion of the final examination results in 24 month IPC Certification.  Each additional module requires 8 hours of class time.

ESD Training

This courses teaches the basics of electrostatic charge and discharge, ESD events, various types of failures and sensitivity of devices.  The student will be introduced to the causes, effects and how to control ESD related problems in the work area.  The requirements for an effective electrostatic discharge program are given and may be used to setup and run your company's ESD control program.  The ESD Association's S20.20 Standard for the Development of an ESD Control Program is used in this training.

ESD Control training class time is dependent upon your company’s ESD requirements.  This program requires 8 hours of class time. 

Metrology Training

This metrology training course provides the principles and practices as they apply on the technician's job every day.  Topics include development and concerns of metrology, standards/standardization, management of the system, and procedures for making good measurements.  The popular Fluke 5500A Calibrator is used for hands on measurement exercises. NCSL International's Recommended Practices are followed in this training.

This course requires 24 hours of class time and is intended for entry level technicians with a background in electronics who have been given calibration responsibilities.

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"The only thing worse than training your people and losing them,

is not training them and keeping them!"

Tom Peters, author

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Contact Information

Melvyn (Mel) Whitten, NCE

Office Hours
        9 AM - 5 PM Central Time Mon - Fri
Postal address
PO Box 698, St. Louis, MO 63044-0698
Electronic mail
General Information: info@whittenconsulting.com
Sales: sales@whittenconsulting.com
Customer Support: support@whittenconsulting.com



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