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BEST is a certified master IPC Training and Solder Certification center. We provide comprehensive courses for both Instructors and Operators including IPC-A-610, IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and IPC 7711/7721 standards. We also offer our BEST courses which prioritize practical application and workmanship in accordance with IPC standards.
You have the flexibility to attend courses at various locations:
- Rolling Meadows, IL
- Lansing, MI
- Online (selected courses)
- Mobile Training Center
- Your own facility
Our certified instructors not only possess in-depth knowledge of the material but also boast extensive hands-on experience. They've performed soldering techniques on our customers' boards countless times, validating their real-world effectiveness and reliability. Rest assured, you'll learn from experts who bring practical, proven expertise to every class.
We Can Bring The Training To You
BEST’s Mobile Training Center (MTC) stands out as the sole traveling solder training classroom across the United States. Accommodating up to 10 students, our MTC is fully equipped with essential resources, including stereo microscopes, ESD protection, and high-quality professional hand tools. Tailoring to your needs, we provide all IPC or BEST courses within our Mobile Training Center, ready to be conducted at a location of your preference upon request.
Our Mobile Training Center (MTC) offers each student:
• Over 8 sq. ft. of comfortable workspace
• State-of-the-art soldering equipment
• LCD screen for magnified instructor demonstrations
• Stereo zoom microscopes
• Appropriate ventilation
• Integrated sound system
All classes are taught by certiﬁed instructors who not only know the material but have also performed the soldering techniques thousands of times on our customer’s boards to prove their “real life” effectiveness and reliability.
James Barnhart boasts an illustrious career that started as a 2M Miniature/Mico-miniature repair technician in the United States Navy, where he ascended to the esteemed position of an 'A' level instructor within the Navy's distinguished 2M program. Throughout his tenure, James demonstrated unparalleled proficiency, contributing significantly to the training of fellow instructors, and spearheading the development of novel repair processes subsequently adopted by the military.
James holds certifications as a master instructor for IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, IPC 7711/21, and IPC-A-620, underscoring his commitment to upholding the highest industry standards. His influence extends beyond the instructional realm, as he actively participates in several IPC committees, contributing his expertise to shape and refine industry protocols. His professional engagement is exemplified not only by his certifications, but also by his active role in advancing industry practices. James can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kris Roberson is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience as a corporate trainer, specializing in both mechanics and electronics. His extensive background contributes a wealth of knowledge and expertise to BEST, where he fulfills a pivotal role on our training faculty.
Having served as the Director of Training at IPC, Kris possesses a profound understanding of the intricacies and rationale behind IPC standards. His insights into the 'what' and 'why' of these standards underscore his strategic perspective in the industry.
Kris holds certifications as an MIT in IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, IPC/WHMA-A-620, and IPC 7711/21, showcasing his commitment to maintaining the highest standards of excellence. His proficiency and dedication make him an asset in navigating the dynamic landscape of mechanics and electronics. Kris Roberson can be contacted at email@example.com
Norman Mier, a distinguished veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps with over two decades of dedicated service, brings a wealth of expertise to the electronics rework and repair industry. His career began with comprehensive training in the Navy's Micro Miniature (2M) Electronic Repair Program, establishing a solid foundation in his technical expertise.
Throughout his distinguished career, Norman has seamlessly progressed through every tier of rework and repair, earning industry recognition. His commitment to excellence is underscored by the highest certifications bestowed by IPC, marking him as a Master Instructor in IPC A-610D, J-STD-001D, IPC A-620, and 7711/7721.
Norman's professional contributions extend beyond his individual accomplishments. As a valuable member of BEST, he has collaborated with leading entities in the electronics industry, crafting tailored courses that address the specific needs of diverse equipment. His role has encompassed training technicians and engineers in surface mount and advanced surface mount technology, elevating the skills of industry professionals.
Norman's profound knowledge and strategic insights have proven invaluable to the process improvement endeavors of the companies he has worked with. His exceptional skills have played a pivotal role in positioning BEST training as a frontrunner in the field of electronics training. Norman Mier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi Johnson, a seasoned professional with over 25 years of extensive soldering expertise, enriches BEST with her wealth of experience in diverse facets of the electronics industry. Her comprehensive background spans from assembly to PCB rework/repair and inspection, showcasing a profound understanding of the intricacies of the field.
In her instructional role at BEST, Jodi infuses each class with a dynamic blend of enthusiasm and professionalism. Whether guiding beginners through foundational courses like Soldering 101, or leading advanced IPC courses such as IPC 7711/21, Jodi seamlessly integrates real-world experiences into her teachings, establishing a relatable connection with her students.
As a certified MIT in IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC 7711/21, Jodi exemplifies a commitment to upholding the highest industry standards. Beyond the classroom, she actively contributes to BEST's operational excellence by collaborating with in-house technicians on various rework projects and implementing enhancements to production processes.
Jodi's multifaceted contributions reflect not only her technical prowess but also her dedication to fostering a culture of continuous improvement within BEST. Jodi Johnson can be contacted at email@example.com
Matthew Reed, a Certified IPC Trainer (CIT) with an extensive track record spanning over two decades in the electronics industry, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his professional journey. His career began during college as an electrical/electronic technician, laying the foundation for a trajectory marked by continuous growth and accomplishment.
Matthew's early professional roles involved servicing and repairing portable devices for a prominent telecom company, followed by valuable contributions to the manufacturing and installation of data and power wiring. Drawing from diverse experiences with various corporations, he embarked on a path to become an IPC certified instructor, signifying his commitment to excellence in industry standards.
Since 2005, Matthew has been an integral part of D.R. Reed Consulting, where he has continued to advance his career as a traveling instructor. His role involves imparting knowledge and expertise to professionals across different locations, contributing to the skill development and proficiency enhancement of individuals within the industry.
Matthew Reed's dedication to the electronics industry, coupled with his commitment to ongoing education and certification, establishes him as a respected professional in his field. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reach Matthew.
Special Guest Lecturer: Phil Zarrow
Phil Zarrow boasts over 45 years of involvement in PCB fabrication and assembly, showcasing expertise in equipment manufacturing for through-hole and surface mount technologies. His career spans key roles in companies like Vitronics Corporation, Excellon-Micronetics, and Universal Instruments Corporation, offering global hands-on experience in setup and troubleshooting of assembly processes.
Since founding ITM in 1992, Zarrow has assisted clients across diverse areas, including SMT implementation, process failure analysis, quality audits, yield improvement, and equipment evaluation. A sought-after speaker and instructor, he's chaired and instructed at various seminars worldwide, published technical papers, co-authored industry books, and holds patents in PCB fabrication and audit methodologies.
Actively involved in professional associations like IPC and SMTA, Zarrow has received accolades for his contributions to the industry, including awards from SMTA and recognition for his writings in industry publications. Presently, he produces and co-hosts Circuit Insight’s “BoardTalk” audio program. Phil hosts the SMT Bootcamp Class with BEST available in Illinois, Michigan and Online.
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