Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control

Course Description

This course provides an understanding of basic Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) physics and the causes of static, with an emphasis on the importance of protecting electronic components and assemblies from the danger of ESD damage. During training, students will explore various types of materials and their effect on ESD sensitive components. Training covers practices that should be avoided and those that help prevent ESD damage, as well as personal grounding equipment, ESD safe work areas, packaging, transporting, and storing ESD sensitive devices.


Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals who work in assembly/manufacturing areas, as well as support and administrative staff in and around electronics assembly. Service and test technicians will also benefit from this basic information on proper techniques for ESD Control.


Learning Objectives

During this course, students will learn:

  • The types of components and assemblies that can be affected by an electrostatic charge
  • How ESD can affect electronic components and assemblies
  • Practices to help eliminate the risk of damage from ESD
  • How the work area contributes to ESD Control


Course Outline

Introduction to ESD Control
Definitions of Static Electricity and ESD
Conductors, Insulators and Static Dissipative Material

How ESD Damages Electronic Components and Assemblies:

  • Catastrophic Failures
  • Latent Failures

Results of Uncontrolled ESD

ESD Control: Personnel
ESD Responsibility
Draining Charges
ESD Personnel Equipment:

  • Wrist Straps
  • Heel Straps
  • Testing Wrist Straps and Heel Straps
  • Conductive Smocks
  • How Clothing Affects ESD

ESD Control: The Work Area
Non-Conductive (Static Generating) Materials and ESD
Reducing the Effect of Static Generating Materials Required in the Work Area

Controlling ESD with Static Dissipative Materials

Activities that Cause ESD

ESD Control: Handling and Transport
Handling ESD Sensitive Devices
ESD Safe Containers
Transporting ESD Sensitive Devices

Q&A and Wrap-Up

Optional Test
Resources for More Information


Course Format

8 hours
Combination lecture and classroom exercises
Available at QSG’s training facilities and on-site at your organization

Payment Type
Date Attending



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