Course #701-13-HRVA-2

Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility

Dates: Sep-04-2013 - Sep-04-2013


Please see course logistics information below course description. Course will be held at a working electromagnetics laboratory in Herndon, VA.

$900 Government AFCEA Member
        Government Non Member
$1,200 Non-Government AFCEA Member
        Non-Government Non Member

Note: If you are interested in this course, please call the PDC Registrars office at 703-631-6137. You may also be interested in Courses 705, 706 and 707. -Available in Spanish - Disponible en Espanol.

Course Description:

Due in part to the Wireless Revolution, electromagnetic environmental effects (E3) are increasingly becoming a widespread concern. As more devices produce intentional and unintentional radio signals, they increasingly interfere with each other. This is known as Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), an important part of the general field of Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3). The devices will not work together by accident. They must be specially designed to be compatible, that is: to prevent Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and achieve Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC.) Originally limited to the shipboard, aerospace, and missile fields, concerns about Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Electromagnetic Compatibility can now be found in offices, communication centers and hospitals.

This course covers the basic concepts and terminology of Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Electromagnetic Compatibility, along with an overview of current military and civilian practices. It
provides practical advice on ways to prevent Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and achieve Electromagnetic Compatibility without technical or administrative "overkill."  Participants will gain an unusually broad overview of current world wide commercial and military EMC practices. They will gain the knowledge necessary to make practical and intelligent decisions regarding the  design, acquisition, testing, troubleshooting and life-cycle management of electromagnetically compatible systems.


This course is specially designed for non-technical decision makers involved in the production, acquisition or management of computers, communications, instrumentation, robotics, or other electronic devices. Held in a working Electromagnetics laboratory, with many of the most widely used E3 tools readily at hand, this course illustrates basic  E3 concepts in an effective, easy-to understand manner.  Current Military and Civilian E3 and EMC experts can also benefit from the unusually broad range of topics covered in this short, practical course.


Introduction to Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).


  • Demonstration of an Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) problem

Basic Concepts

  • Emissions
  • Susceptibility
  • Radiation
  • Conduction
  • Electrostatic Discharge
  • Attenuation
  • Shielding Effectiveness
  • HEMP
  • HERF
  • Health Hazards (RADHAZ)
  • Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO)

Testing Procedures

  • Military Standards
  • Commercial: FCC and European
  • Canadian, Australian, and others
  • Measurement Methods
  • Calibrated and Substitution measurements

Tools of the Trade

  • Tunable Receivers
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Antennas
  • Line Impedance Stabilization Networks
  • Shielded Rooms
  • Open Area Test Sites
  • TEM Cells
  • Network Analyzers
  • Destructive Testers: Electrostatic Discharge Guns and Pulse Generators
  • Frequency Counters, synthesizers, and impulse generators


  • What is a "decibel"?
  • Electric fields, magnetic fields, and plane waves
  • Broad Band and Narrow Band units  

Current EMC Standards

  • MIL-STD-461E
  • FCC Part 15
  • 89-336-EEC (Europe)
  • Legacy Standards  

Managing for E3 and EMC

  • Test Management: How to get the best, most effective test for your money
  • Practical Scheduling
  • Avoiding "Launch Fever"
  • Other Common pitfalls
  • The Control Plan
  • Measurement accuracy
  • Designing an effective test
  • Certification Programs
  • Future trends

The Lecturer for this course is the president of TEMPEST INC.  He has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, is a Certified Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineer, a Certified Electrostatic Discharge Control Engineer, and a Certified TEMPEST Professional, Level II. His broad range of experience in Electromagnetic Environmental Effects covers the military, aerospace, commercial, automotive, and medical fields. He has written three books and was awarded three patents in this field.  





DIRECTIONS:  please call TEMPEST INC.  703.836.7378  


CLASS HOURS:   8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


DRESS CODE:  Business Casual


MEALS:  No meals are supplied by AFCEA or TEMPEST INC..  For a listing of local restaurants please see restaurants near TEMPEST INC.


AIRPORT & HOTELS:  Dulles is the closest airport.  Please see  local hotels for information on hotels near the course location.