Invest in Your Career: Take Time to Explore and Be Creative

Judy Warner
|  Created: January 26, 2021  |  Updated: April 12, 2021

Get out (or online) and learn! This episode with Tomas Chester is all about engaging and contributing to the design community. He shares with us his motivation to self-educate and how he invests in his career through a dedicated effort to connect with the engineering community. Tomas shares how to make the most of your learning style and utilize educational resources.  

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Show Highlights:

  • Tomas shares the challenges, opportunities, and what motivates him to contribute to the design community in forums and social media.
  • Get to know your learning style and design style.
  • The welcome road to becoming an Altium Designer Beta group contributor and an Altium Certified Instructor
  • Essentials vs Advanced Course. Utilizing available resources such as Altium Academy and YouTube Channel, free training, Altium documentation on the website.
  • “Playing” with your tools, and learning from your coworkers
  • Time constraints crowd out time for education but carve out time anyways
  • Always explore available resources: PCB West, Design Con, Embedded World, YouTube, EIPC, Trade associations, PCEA
  • AltiumLive: Tool Training and Principles-based

Links and Resources:

Tomas Chester on LinkedIn
Altium Designer 21: What’s New Webpage
Chester Electronic Design Website
Altium Forum
Altium Training Resources (Worldwide)
Altium Webinars


Altium 365: Where the World Designs Electronics


About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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