Course EMC01: MIL-STD-461/DO-160 EMC Hands-on Training

MIL-STD-461G & DO-160G Test Methods and Compliance

COVID-19 has prompted cancellation of this course for the remainder of 2020 – hopefully 2021 will support making this available again! This course is available in an on-line format (labs excluded) – send inquiry.


Military and Aerospace Systems must comply with Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements. MIL-STD-461G is applied to Department of Defense (DoD) procurements for equipment and subsystems and RTCA DO-160G is the EMC certification standard for commercial aviation.  The EMC test and evaluation requirements have a lot of similarity and this course takes advantage of that similarity through instruction that combines the two standards.

MIL-STD-461G test and evaluation methods will be presented, including system requirements, general requirements, test article configurations, and documentation. This course offers critical information for military compliance professionals, testing industry professionals, and developers involved with electronics systems development. Instruction for each of the MIL-STD-461 test and measurement methods along with analysis of the test results will be covered.

DO-160G methods are integrated into the course by looking at the differences for requirements that are fundamentally alike during that method’s discussion, along with supplementing the course material with DO-160G test methods that are not part of MIL-STD-461G.  This 5-day (approximately 7-hours/day) course provides detailed focus on performing the testing, reducing and understanding the data and managing test problems. It features practical methods to address the complexity of the standard configuration along with concepts to manage the unusual product types.  The attendees are part of the laboratory tests where they participate in accomplishing the test to enhance retention of the material presented in the course.

The course is presented at National Technical Systems, Plano TX. Hotel and dining are convenient to the laboratory. Lunch is provided as part of the course along with snacks and beverages throughout the day. The training sessions run from 9:00AM until 4:00PM daily.

This is an iNARTE approved training course and qualifies for CPD credits required for continuing certification.  If you are not iNARTE certified – Compliance Direction can administer the examination – contact Steve for details.


Course pricing is $1950.00.  Registration must be completed by (TBD). Seating is limited to 12-attendees to allow for participation in the laboratory sessions – so early registration is encouraged.

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  • EMC Test Engineers and Technicians
  • Program/project managers responsible for EMC evaluation oversight
  • Anyone who interprets EMC data or troubleshoots EMC issues
  • Design engineers responsible for EMC

PRESENTER: Steven G. Ferguson is the owner of Compliance Direction, LLC and has been working in the compliance test arena for over 40 years at test laboratories and manufacturing companies designing products, developing procedures and performing tests.  He presents various courses on EMI/EMC compliance including EMC for Nuclear Power Facilities, Architectural Shielding and this course on MIL-STD-461 & DO-160 testing at customer facilities on-site for multiple government and industrial clients.  He holds an iNARTE EMC engineer certification.  Contact him at


  • Basic Concepts of Electromagnetic Effects
  • Terms and Definitions EMI – The Problem
  • EMI – The Problem
  • Measurement Units (The Decibel)
  • Electromagnetic Environment
  • Standards: MIL-STD-464C, MIL-STD-461G, DO160G
  • Data Item Descriptions (Control Plans, Test Procedures, Test Reports)
  • Managing your EMI/EMC test program
  • Emissions and Susceptibility, General concepts
  • Interface Requirements / Facility requirements
  • Configuring the test article
  • Instrumentation
  • Test Methods (MIL-STD-461G)
  • Conducted Emissions
    • CE101, CE102*, CE106
    • Section 21
  • Conducted Susceptibility
    • CS101*, CS103, CS104, CS105, CS109, CS114*, CS115, CS116*, CS117, CS118
    • Sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25
  • Radiated Emissions
    • RE101, RE102*, RE103
    • Sections 15, 21
  • Radiated Susceptibility
    • RS101, RS103, RS105
    • Section 20
  • Power Quality
    • Section 16
  • Summary and Review

* Test methods planned for laboratory sessions.

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