Stephen Chavez Calls on PCB Designers to Get Involved

December 5, 2018 Judy Warner

Stephen Chavez is a leader at a military aerospace company, former Marine, CID and CID+ instructor as well as an Executive board member of the IPC designers council. With 28 years in the industry and heavily involved with IPC, Stephen has a passion for PCB design and fabrication. If you want to keep learning or get involved in the industry, Stephen will encourage you to get connected, step out of your comfort zone and pay it forward. Listen in and get great tips about where to find training and how to push yourself to keep learning.

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Show Highlights:

The Best Professional Development:

  • AltiumLive Munich - learn more or register today
  • IPC APEX, San Diego - manufacturing perspective, fabricators, if you don’t have time to get into a board shop this is the place to be, machines are running live
  • PCB West  - pure design for PCB designers; content is second to none
  • DesignCon
  • Del Mar Electronics and Design Show
  • PCB Carolinas (1,000 people/ 1 day conference)
  • IPC Designers Council, etc.
  • CID Training
  • Reading--Trade magazines - UP Media (Printed Circuit Design & Fab and Circuit Assembly) and 007 iConnect - the articles and content in these magazines are the best.

Get Involved!

  • Ask around (for resources, help, mentors)
  • Take Risks and take initiative--spend money, assert yourself
  • Serve/Volunteer
  • Networking/Relationship building

Live part of everyday outside of your comfort zone

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions--others have the same questions and dont ask!
  • Expand your network, meet people
  • My network comes with me in every new relationship I build
  • Add value to others
  • Don’t sit on the sidelines


Links and Resources:

The Digital Route, November 2018 Column

Breaking the Design Data Bottleneck, interview in iConnect007

AltiumLive Munich - learn more or register today

Altium Designer 19 - learn more or call your account manager


About the Author

Judy Warner

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry since 1984. She has a deep background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing with a focus on Mil/Aero applications in technical sales and marketing. She has been a blogger, writer, contributor and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, The PCB Magazine, The PCB Design Magazine, PDCF&A and IEEE Microwave Magazine and is an active member of multiple IPC Designers Council chapters. In March 2017, Warner became the Director of Community Engagement for Altium and was immediately tasked with the launch of Altium’s monthly On Track Newsletter. She was also instrumental in launching AltiumLive 2017: Annual PCB Design Summit in San Diego and Munich, a newly founded annual Altium User Conference. Her passion is providing resources, supporting and advocating for PCB Designers around the world and acting as brand ambassador for Altium.

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