The Electronics Workbench: a Setup Guide

Setting up your electronics lab at home can be a daunting. This course will help you navigate through the maze of options.

This course is designed to help you setup your own electronics lab.

If you are starting your adventures in electronics, and you are not looking to setup a professional electronics lab, then this course is perfect for you.

A lab is a place at your home that you have specifically organised in a way that promotes your enjoyment of working with electronics.

It is where your tools, components and instruments are.

It is where you do your circuit experiments and the bulk of your learning.

There are significant differences between professional and hobbyist electronics labs. That's because the amateur electronics lab is far more restricted in every respect to the lab of a professional.

If you are a hobbyist, using a spare room or your bedroom as your electronics lab, then this course will help you make the most of it.

This course complements the other electroinics / Arduino courses I'm currently taking. I'm very pleased with the format and information contained in the curriculum. Great course and instructor!

Robert Fier

In this course, I will discuss the basic features of an amateur electronics lab by showing you how I have organised mine.

I have most of the restrictions of an amateur, and with the exception of a few of the items in my kit, my lab is purely an amateur lab.

In each lecture, I present a specific topic and in most cases I demonstrate the use of a tool or instrument.

Very clear explanations of what is useful on a hobby electronics bench. Exactly what it is supposed to do.

Paul Motsuk

Through these demos, I wish to help you gain a working understanding of what these items are designed for.

You will not become an expert, but you will know enough to know when you need one.

I am always available to discuss any of the topics I present in this course, so please feel free to ask using the course's discussion tool.

Dr. Peter Dalmaris is a fantastic instructor. I have all his courses, each one is extremely well laid out and all his explanations are easy to understand. Thank you for you time and knowledge. Respectfully Donald Page CEM

Donald Page

By completing The Electronics Workbench: a Setup Guide, you will..

  • Learn the basic components of a well-equipped electronics lab for the non-professional
  • Learn about soldering and soldering (as well as de-soldering) tools.
  • Understand the use of sophisticated test instruments like the oscilloscope, and the function generator.
  • Learn about power tools, like the electric drill, the hot glue gun and rotary tools.
  • Learn about simulation, computer-aided design and electronic circuit calculators
  • Know which tools to purchase and why, saving you $$$.

Here's what you are getting:

  • Full lifetime access to all content.
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • Study at your own pace - no formal start and end date.
  • Certificate of completion.
  • Take this course before you buy your first tools and bench equipment.

Which option is best for you?

Solo

Once-off payment, best for self-sufficient learners on a budget.

Price in your currency:
A$23.11
Once-off.
  • Access all course content.
  • Permanent access.
  • Study at your own pace.
  • Single payment.
  • Access to community discussion space.
  • Access to lecture comments.
  • One-on-one sessions with mentor.
  • Monthly subscription.
  • Cancel when you complete the course.
Price in your currency:
A$23.11
Once-off.

Mentor

Get one-on-one live meetings with a mentor, learn to master.

US$299

  • Access all course content.
  • Permanent access.
  • Study at your own pace.
  • Monthly subscription.
  • Access to community discussion space.
  • Access to lecture page comments.
  • Includes 2 hours of video one-on-one consultation sessions with an instructor.
  • One month of priority support via instant messaging.
  • Pay as you go: purchase more time with an instructor at any time.

US$299

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Course content

Introduction: The electronics maker lab
Introduction
My electronics workbench
The parts shown in this course


Essentials
Introduction
Wires, screwdrivers, tweezers, breadboards
Wire strippers, cutters, helping hands
Storage
Components
Conclusion


Power
Introduction
Battery packs, batteries, chargers
Walled power supplies
Bench power supply
Conclusion


Power tools
Introduction
The rotary tool
A better way to open a hole in a plastic box and attach a toggle switch
The hot glue gun
Conclusion
The hand reamer


Test equipment
Introduction
Multimeters
Auto-ranging multimeters
Multimeter demo: DC measurement
Multimeter demo: AC measurement
The oscilloscope
Decoding I2C with the oscilloscope
The function generator
Function generator, a demo testing a simple filter
Conclusion


Soldering and wiring
Introduction
Soldering tools
Soldering through-hole components demo
Through-hole components desoldering gun
Soldering surface-mount components demo
SMD hot air reworking tool
Heatshrink tubing
Crimping tools
Conclusion


Software
Introduction
Simulators
Demo of iCircuit
Calculators
Smartphone apps
Electronic design automation with Kicad
Conclusion


Other topics
Introduction
Safety
How to read a datasheet


Conclusion
Conclusion
Course Conclusion

As a complete beginner looking for where best to start,'m finding this course invaluable. It's both comprehensive and delves into enough detail before moving to the next point. I'm learning a lot and appreciated being able to refer back to a topic at a later time.

Roy Pacitto

Course instructor

This course instructor is Peter Dalmaris, PhD.

Peter has created over 20 other courses on technology education.

He is the author of Maker Education Revolution, a book on how making is changing the way we learn and teach.

He is also the host of Stemiverse, a podcast in which he discusses education and STEM with the shakers and movers of technology and science education from around the world.

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